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Institutional Scholarship Opportunities

Taft College Academic Merit Award


Any graduating high school senior in the West Kern Community College District (Taft & Maricopa High School) who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and enrolls in 12 units at Taft College as a first time college student within one year of receiving the award.

No application required.

Submit final high school transcript to the college

$300 per semester up to two (2) semesters depending on continued eligibility.

 

Taft College Scholarship


California residents

Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA

Pass 12 units with a 3.0 GPA in the previous semester and enroll in 12 or more units in the next semester to maintain the scholarship

$125 per semester up to four (4) semesters depending on continued eligibility

 

Taft College Non-Resident Scholarship


A Non-Resident student entering Taft College with a 3.00 or better high school cumulative grade point average or a 3.00 cumulative grade point average as a full-time college student the previous term and enrolls as a full-time student is eligible to receive the Non-Resident scholarship. The student must attend on-campus to receive the non-resident scholarship.

This scholarship is applied to Non-Resident tuition and can be earned a maximum of two semesters.

To receive the second semester Non-Resident scholarship, the student must have passed 12 or more units and maintain a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average and re-enroll as a full-time student. A Non-Resident student who enters Taft College as a full time student with a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.00 and earns a 3.00 or better in 12 or more units at Taft College and re-enrolls as a full time student may receive a Non-Resident scholarship for one semester.

It is highly recommended all students complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

 

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

There are many outside scholarships available to qualified students.  Business firms, organizations and four-year colleges provide scholarships for students.  Notices regarding scholarship opportunities are posted throughout the year on the website.  The college library is also an excellent source of information regarding scholarship opportunities.  The following websites on outside scholarships is provided for your reference.  Taft College does not endorse any specific site.

Scholarship Search Sites:

Fast Web

College Board

 

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant


Must be 19 years or younger

Must attend a U.S.-based high school, trade school or university

Must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher

Must have an interest in starting a business

https://www.incfile.com/entrepreneur-grant/

March 31st, 2022

 

Chahta Foundations Scholarships Application


Scholarships available to Choctaw students

https://chahtafoundation.com/scholarships/

March 31st

 

API San Joaquin Valley Chapter


Recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or trade school and be a current resident of Kern County

https://www.apibakersfield.com/about-us/scholarships/

March 31, 2022

 

OppU Achievers Scholarship


Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional or trade school

Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

https://www.opploans.com/oppu/scholarship/

March 31

 

Cal Water Scholarship Program


Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and a high school senior or high school graduate, have received GED certification or be a current post-secondary undergraduate student

Applicants must plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Applicants must not have already received a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university

Applicant or applicant’s parents or guardians must live within a Cal Water service area

https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/cawater/

March 31, 2022

 

Max Bacerra Scholarship Awards Program


Students must reside in a development managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Kern or be a participant of the Section 8 program

Students must be accepted and/or already be attending an accredited college/university and/or technical/trade school

https://kernha.org/scholarship-awards-program/

April 1, 2022

 

Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) Scholarship 


Those who have been accepted to attend, or are attending any post-secondary (beyond high school) educational institution will be eligible

Eligible institutions include junior colleges, universities, colleges, technical schools, trade and vocational institutions

https://self-helpfcu.org/scholarship

April 15, 2022

 

Healthline Stronger Scholarship 


Be a college junior, senior, or graduate student at an accredited U.S. institution in Fall 2022

Demonstrate leadership and community involvement

Participate in academic, extracurricular, or volunteer work related to health, environmental science, or other related areas

https://www.healthline.com/health/scholarship-program#1

April 22, 2022

 

Carrington-Philbert Scholarship Program


Applicants should be African American

Applicants must plan to attend a U.S. two (2) year community college or four year college

Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher/principal along with their application

http://www.cpscholarship.com/apply-for-usa/

 

Scholarship from the American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc©


Any student currently enrolled in, or applying to enroll within the next academic year, in a degree program in the fields of healthcare or education, at an accredited U.S. university, is eligible to apply

You must provide your school GPA

You must be at least 18 years old.

https://www.onlinecprcertification.net/scholarship.php

May 1, 2022

 

2022-2023 Youth 2 Leaders Scholarship Program Application


College Dream Fund Eligibility Requirements

Must be a 2022 graduating high school senior or current college student continuing their enrollment in college for the 2022-2023 academic year

Must be working on, or planning to work on, an undergraduate degree

Must be a first-generation college student

Must demonstrate financial need

Be have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Be a Dreamer or AB 540 Student

 

Future Leaders Eligibility Requirements

Must be a 2022 graduating high school senior or current college student continuing their enrollment in college for the 2022-2023 academic year

Must be working on, or planning to work on, an undergraduate degree

Must be a first-generation college student

Must demonstrate financial need

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Be  U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

 

Young Mexican Leaders Eligibility Requirements

Must be a 2022 graduating high school senior or current college student continuing their enrollment in college for the 2022-2023 academic year

Must be working on or planning to work on n undergraduate degree

Must be a first generation college student

Must demonstrate financial need

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Be of Mexican descent (Student was either born in Mexico or has at least one biological parent that was born in Mexico.)

Be a U.S. Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Dreamer or AB 540 student

 

Porfirio and Angelita Morales Memorial Scholarship

Must be a 2022 graduating high school senior or current college student continuing their enrollment in college for the 2022-2023 academic year

Must be working on or planning to work on an undergraduate degree

Must be an Arvin High School graduate

Must be a first generation college student

Must demonstrate financial need

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Be a U.S. Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, Dreamer or AB 540 student

May 27, 2022

https://www.y2lef.org/scholarships

 

Medical Billing Service Review Health and Technology Scholarship


All applicants must be enrolled, or due to enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester which they are applying

Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA

Applicants of any major may apply

Domestic, international and undocumented students may apply

Students attending online universities may apply

Students must have a personal interest in health and technology

https://medicalbillingservicereview.com/health-and-technology-scholarship/

June 1st, annually

 

Hedding Law Firm $2,500 Student Scholarship


All applicants for the Hedding Law Firm Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university or a law school in the United States

Applicants can include high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, JD.

Applicants must provide the name and address of the school where they are enrolled

Applicants needs to demonstrate a need for financial assistance

https://www.la-criminaldefense.com/scholarship/

June 1, annually

 

The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition $1,500 College Scholarship


Current high school junior, high school senior, college undergraduate, or graduate students who have participated in consistent volunteer work

http://www.abcfundraising.com/college-scholarship

June 30 annually

 

The Life Coach Spotter Scholarship


All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship

Applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA

Applicants are not required to have specific major

Domestic, international and undocumented students may apply

http://www.lifespotter.com/scholarship/

August 1st annually

 

May Firm Injury Scholarship


Enrolled in a community college or university

https://mayfirm.com/scholarship

September 15 annually

 

Ronald Hedding Law Firm $2,500 Student Scholarship


Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or law school in the United States

Applicants can include high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, JD

Applicant must provide the name and location of the school where they are enrolled

Applicant must include a statement of financial need

https://www.heddinglawfirm.com/scholarship/

October 1, yearly

 

$3,000 Scholarship From the Law Firm of Eisner Gorin LLP


Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or law school in the United States.  This includes high school seniors, freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and law students.

Applicant needs to provide the name of the school where they are enrolled or seeking enrollment for

Applicant needs to include in the essay the financial need for the scholarship

https://www.egattorneys.com/scholarship/

December 1st annually

 

$3,000 Scholarship From the Law Firm of Eisner Gorin LLP


Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or law school in the United States.  This includes high school seniors, freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and law students.

Applicant needs to provide the name of the school where they are enrolled or seeking enrollment for

Applicant needs to include in the essay the financial need for the scholarship

https://www.egattorneys.com/scholarship/

December 1st annually

 

Lamber Goodnow College Scholarship


Enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university.  Please note all types of colleges, including four-year, community college and “junior colleges” qualify for eligibility

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.8

https://lambergoodnow.com/scholarships/

December 1st, annually

 

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship


Any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be that of a loved one, or an influential individual.

https://www.derricklawfirm.com/library/scholarship.cfm

December 15 annually

 

Certa Law Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Scholarship


Any current or soon-to-be-undergrad who have had their life altered due to a bodily injury from an automotive or pedestrian accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual

https://www.certalaw.com/certa-law-personal-injury-wrongful-death-scholarship

December 20th annually

 

May Firm Injury Scholarship


Enrolled in a community college or university

https://mayfirm.com/scholarship

January 15 annually

 

The Nosrati Law College Scholarship


Applicants must be U.S. Citizens

Applicants must provide proof of current enrollment or acceptance at an accredited college or trade school

Applicants already attending college must be able to show they are maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and provide documentations of such

http://www.nosratilaw.com/#scholarship

February 20 annually

Scholarships with no deadline indicated

 

The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award


The contest is open to all students

https://www.theblanchlawfirm.com/the-blanch-law-firm-scholarship-award/

Deadline varies

 

Innovation in Education Scholarship


Must be currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada

Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent)

Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada

http://www.latutors123.com/scholarship/

20th of each month

 

CCCP Scholars Program (Center for Community College Partnerships)


Scholars are students who may:

  • Be the first in their family to go to college
  • Come from low-income backgrounds
  • And/or be from under served communities

The program targets students who:

  • have recently graduated from high school and plan to enroll in a community college in the fall OR students currently attending community college who have not yet completed a transfer curriculum at the time of application
  • show potential for transfer success
  • are non-traditional students who have face challenges in their academic career

http://www.cccp.ucla.edu/

Deadline not available