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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 29th

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.

Outside Scholarships/Aid

For current scholarship opportunities available outside of OCC, please visit the iGrad , in addition to the scholarships posted below.




Deadlines: April 15, 2020
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
Application Period: January 1st - April 1st, 2020
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: February 28th
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 
Application Period: October 1, 2019 - March 15, 2020
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.
Google - ​Student Veterans of America
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Award: 8 awards of $10,000
Eligibility: (below, plus additional requirements)

  • Be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited four-year university in the United States for the 2020-2021 academic year

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year university for the 2019-2020 academic year

​​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
​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
Application Period: February 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020
Award: up to $5,000 (4,000 awards in 2019)
Eligibility: Child or spouse of service member, plus additional requirements
Application Period: TBD
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Veteran
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Deadline: May 1, 2020
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)
Eagle Community Credit Union - Veteran Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th
Award: up to $750

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

Veteran Hero Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2019
Award: $5,000

Eligibility:  Veteran or dependent with 3.0 GPA

​RAYTHEON - Student Veterans of America

Application Period: April 1
Award: $10,000 (2 awards)

  • Be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of undergraduate study, or be enrolled in a graduate program for the current academic year
  • Be attending full-time at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for their chosen field of study
  • Demonstrate leadership and engagement in their community

​Gilman-McCain Scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Award: $5,000 for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
Eligibility: Receiving a Federal Pell Grant or will be during the term of their study abroad program/internship, plus additional requirements.

​Veterans AND Dependents

Patt Tillman Foundation

Opens: February 2020

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.


Deadline: April 3rd

Award: $500

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

OC Community Foundation

Application Period: Varies

Award: $1,000-$5,000

Eligibility: Varies

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

Deadline: April 5th 

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.

​Education Connection

Due: Sep. 30, 2020

Award: $1000

Eligibility: Military active duty, honorably discharged, veteran, or a spouse from any branch of the military. Enrolled, or do enroll no later than the fall of 2021 in an accredited institution of higher learning.

AMVETS Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th
Award: Varies
Eligibility: Active duty or veteran


Due: April 19th

Award: $500

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