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Outside Scholarship Opportunities

​​​The OCC Scholarship Office provides information about outside scholarship opportunities.  These sites are not affiliated with the college.  The sites are meant  as a tool in aiding students who are researching opportunities.  The information provided is periodically updated by the OCC Scholarship Office.

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Scholarship Myths

Scholarship Search Secrets: A Publication of Student Loan Network

List of Scholarship & Financial Aid Search Sites

The two lists below contain an extensive list of organizations offering scholarships.  These organizations are not affiliated with Orange Coast College.

Outside Scholarship List A-L 
Outside Scholarship List M-Z

Scholarships for Women     
Scholarships for Minority Students
Scholarships for Non Residents    
Study Abroad Resources

The following documents  may be helpful when writing your  scholarship essay.

FastWeb Tips on Writing a Scholarship Essay   WritingaScholarshipEssay_.pdf
FastWeb Tips on Writing a Scholarship Essay   WritingaScholarshipEssay_.docWritingaScholarshipEssay_.doc

Writing a Personal Statement                                   PersonalStatementHTCC_.pdf
by Chuck Whitchurch, Honors Transfer Council of Caifornia


Featured Scholarships

These Scholarships are from outside organizations that have asked Orange Coast College to make this information available to the students. These organizations are not affiliated with or endorsed by Orange Coast College. Please contact the organization directly with questions about their scholarships.


The Directing Change Program & Film Contest Scholarship


Visit the program website for contest rules, educational resources about suicide prevention and mental health, to view educational videos, and review the submission toolkit:
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017.

Zinda Law Group Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for students nationwide

Must be a US citizen and provide a 500-1000 word essay to apply.

Deadline: March 1 (annually)

More details here:

Other Scholarship Opportunities:



Scholarship Tips
·         Be organized.  Gather all applicable information or documents and watch for deadline dates.  Don’t wait until the last minutes.
·         Follow instructions.  Most scholarships require an essay, letter of recommendation, or transcript.  Make sure you proofread everything before you submit your applications.
·         Be honest and be yourself.  Don’t give false or exaggerate your qualifications such as your campus club participations, extracurricular, community services, GPA, or organization memberships.