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For current scholarship opportunities available through OCC, please visit the Scholarship page or the Scholarship Office in the Administration building.


OCC Scholarships

Open: December 17

Deadline: February 28th

Eligibility: 3.5 Cumulative GPA

 *One application will consider you for all general scholarships that you are eligible for. There are also a handful of veteran-specific scholarships you may need to provide additional information for.

  Veteran Writing Scholarship

Deadline: March 21, 2019 (12pm)

Award: $750.00

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Outside Scholarships/Aid




Application Period: Now - January 2019
Award: Free tuition, room and board, books and materials included with admissions into a two-week intensive "bootcamp" program at America's top colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, University of Arizona, Yale, and USC.
Eligibility: Active duty servicemen and veterans. No prior Bachelor's degree. (Note: program is designed for those who are intending to transition from military to school life in the near future, or who have recently made that transition and are still in the beginning stages of their college career.
Army Emergency Relief
Deadline: April 1
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Spouses and Children of Soldiers who are on Active Duty, are Retired, or Active on Title 10 Orders for the entire academic year are eligible to apply for our scholarship programs.
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship
Deadline: Feb. 28th - 12pm CST
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Honorable discharged with Certificate of Eligibility, High School or GED graduate who are enrolled or plan to enroll full-time at accredited institution for upcoming year, Pell grant eligible, using military education benefits in upcoming year, minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: March 15
Award: $2,000/$3,400
Eligibility: Child or spouse of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force, plus additional requirements.
Student Veterans of America
Deadline: Varies
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Varies
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: March 1
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Child of one of the following (plus, additional requirements):
  • Active duty or reserve U.S. Marine
  • Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with a U.S. Marine unit
  • Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with a U.S. Marine unit and has received an honorable discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman attached to a Marine unit
AMVETS Scholarships
Deadline: April 30th
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Active duty or veteran
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Deadline: May 1
Award: Varies; interest-free loans and grants from $500-$3,000
Eligibility: Spouse or child (under age 23 as of May 1, 2019) of an active duty, retired or deceased Sailor or Marine (plus, additional requirements)
Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant
Deadline: n/a
Award: up to $1,500

Eligibility: One of the following:

  • Active duty, whose financial hardship is a result of a current deployment, military pay error, or from being discharged for medical reasons. 
  • Discharged on or after September 11, 2001, whose financial hardship is a direct result of your military service connected injuries and/or illnesses.

  • Discharged prior to September 11, 2001, are on a fixed income that must include VA compensation for a service connected injury/illness and facing an unexpected financial hardship.

Folds of Honor
Deadline: March 31
Award: up to $5,000
Eligibility: Child or spouse of service member, plus additional requirements
Deadline: February 28
Award: $1,000 (20 awards)
Eligibility: Veteran
Eagle Community Credit Union - Veteran Scholarship
Deadline: January 31
Award: up to $750

Eligibility: Must be an existing member or open a new membership with Eagle upon receiving award.

​Veterans AND Dependents

​Patt Tillman Foundation

Opens: February 2019

Award: Average of $10,000

Eligibility: Service members or spouses pursuing an Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional degree :as a full-time student at a public or private, U.S.-based accredited institution.

NAVPA 2018

Application Period: Now - January 11th

Award: $500

Eligibility: Full-time enrolled in Fall, at least 3.0 cumulative GPA, honorable discharge or dependent

OC Community Foundation

Application Period: Now - December 31st

Award: $1,000-$5,000

Eligibility: Varies

CSULB - Summer Bridge to the Beach (for STEM transfers)

Deadline: March 31st

Award: $5,000 stipend


  • Transfer student currently enrolled at another 2-year institution
  • Acceptance to and enrollment at CSULB
  • Declared major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics once at CSULB
  • Hispanic/Latino or Pell Grant eligible
  • U.S. Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen 
  • Available during program dates
  • Committed to participate in an EXCEL learning community during the Fall semester following program participation. Requires enrollment in a one unit course.
SCHEC 2019-20

Due: TBD

Award: TBA

Eligibility: Transferring to 4-year SCHEC school during 2019-20, at least 3.0 cumulative GPA