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Scholarships 2016-17

Information and Application


Please visit often as scholarship opportunities are added as they become available.

Fort Bragg High School
2016-2017  Scholarship Information

The entire scholarship packet should be submitted to the FBHS counseling office
before the end of lunch on Friday, December 8.*
*Yes, applications will be accepted after that date, but you may miss some early deadlines.

Submitting applications in advance rather than waiting to submit on deadline is strongly encouraged as scholarship committees look favorably upon students who show enthusiasm and punctuality.

The first steps in the scholarship process are:
1) preparing a brag sheet
2) requesting Letters of Recommendation - this is described in #5 below.

Please read through this entire document to prepare for submitting a complete application.

1.  Cover Page including your name, Fort Bragg High School, “Class of 2017”, and the title “Scholarship Application.”  Please organize documents in the order listed and enclose in folder with a clear plastic cover. 

2.Application Page - Complete online ***; then print!  Please do not hand-write.

  *** If this application does not appear to be in a writable format, please click on the upper-right corner above the application "open with different viewer."

3.  Résumé Please limit this to one page;  Limit this to the most significant of your accomplishments. If necessary, reduce margins to 1/2" and font-size to10 (but no smaller.)

4.  Two essay questions answered completely within 2-3 paragraphs for each question.

    A.  Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.  Consider: A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or taking a lead role in organizing an event or project.  Think about your accomplishments and what you learned form the experience.  What were your responsibilities?  Did you lead a team?  How did your experience change your perspective on leading others?  Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church in your community or an organization?  And your leadership role doesn't necessarily have to be limtited to school activities.  For example do you help out or take care of your family?

  B.  What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying for this scholarship?  Consider: Don't be afraid to brag a little.  Even if you don't think you're unique you are - remember, there is only one of you in the world.  From your point of view, what do you feel makes you belong on one of UC's campuses? When looking at your life, what does a stranger need to understand in order to know you? What have you not shared that will highlight a skill, talent, challenge or opportunity that you think will help us know you better? We're not necessarily looking for what makes you unique when compared to others but what makes you, YOU!

Essay Tips

 5.  Two letters of recommendation. (LOR) are letters written by adults who know you well and can provide information that will enable scholarship committees to see you in a different light than just your academic self. Letter writing takes time and is a courtesy to you, the applicant.  Please acknowledge the writer's time by giving the potential letter-writers advance notice, (1-2 weeks) and providing a copy of your completed Senior Brag Sheet at the time you request a letter.  It is helpful to ask that they write a generic-type greeting, such as “Dear Scholarship Committee Members,” give you a few copies and also save it on their computer for future use..  One letter must be from a FBHS teacher. The second should be from another adult (not a family member) who knows you well, i.e. a mentor, coach, or employer.dddddddd

6.  The Counseling Office will insert your transcript into your application-- you do not need to request a transcript.


Please note:  completing a FBHS General application does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. Not submitting an application ensures that you will not.

Some of the links below are to writable PDF's which allow you to complete the application online.  If you click the link and the PDF is not writable, look to the upper right corner of the document and click where it says "Open with different viewer"


The links listed immediately below are for scholarships offered to a broader population - some state or nationwide.  By nature these will be more competitive than our local offerings, but could still be well worth your time.

Remember the old adage: "if it sounds too good to be true......."



Posted 10/28

California Alarm Association

For children of law enforcement and fire service personnel.

Students who have a father, mother or legal guardian who is a full-time active duty employee, not on disability are eligible to apply. The parent or guardian must be a member of a law enforcement agency or a full-time paid or volunteer member of a fire department located in California.

Criteria for selection:
GPA                 25 points
SAT Scores      30 points
Essay               25 points
Extra-curricular  20 points


*Please note, this is not a computer-writable form. You must print it and complete it neatly handwritten.

 March 24 postmark deadline.

Posted 1/26

Mendocino Study Club

To be eligible for this scholarship you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

To apply:

  • Make a cover page entitled Mendocino Study Club.
  • Please prepare a copy of your FBHS General Scholarship Application with the following addition to the application form:  Please include your EFC from your FAFSA.  If you are unclear on the meaning of those acronyms, please ask in the counseling office.  Please also include the anticipated cost of your first year of tuition-  you may separately indicate expected living and travel expenses if you choose.  
  • On the resumé portion, please be certain to include any work experience you have had.
  • Request a transcript from the counseling office to include in this application.
  • This committee wants your application to be submitted in a clear plastic folder (available in the counseling office if you need one.)

Applications will be accepted in the counseling office from now until the end of lunch on March 30

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County

The Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships, some competitive within the county, and some narrowed to the Mendocino Coast or even just for FBHS applicants. The Community Foundation website contains specifics of each of these scholarships. 

Please note: when looking for a scholarship on this site you should look at both Countywide and Coastal links as both contain scholarships for which you may be eligible.

An example, but NOT the only offerings you will find are scholarships for a student who wants to become a teacher; one for someone who plans to pursue a career in music, and one for someone who intends to pursue a career in performing arts. There are others as well.  Please take the time to explore the website and apply for the scholarships that fit you.


Deadline March 30 before 5:00 PM

Posted 1/2


The Fort Bragg Rotary Club offers three different scholarships each school year:

Don Applegate Academic Scholarship

Bill Shanks Art Scholarship

Bill McNeel Vocational Scholarship

To apply:  choose the type of scholarship above for which you feel you best qualify
 Prepare a cover page entitled with the name of selected scholarship (you may apply for just one of the three.)

You will submit this application via email and will need all of the documents from your FBHS General Application along with a transcript- please request a transcript be sent to you via email.
Save all of the above into one file to send in one email.

Paper copies of your application will not be accepted.

Please submit your application to Madeline in the counseling office > mrichards@fbusd.us.

March 31 deadline

Posted 3/23

Fort Bragg Girls’ Softball Association Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must have played in the Fort Bragg Girls’ Softball League.

To apply:

  • Make a Cover Page stating that the application is for the Fort Bragg Girls’ Softball Association Scholarship.
  • Photocopy your ENTIRE FBHS General Application:  application page, resume, essay, letters of recommendation
  • Request a new transcript from the Counseling Office.
  • Staple all together in upper left corner and send to:

Fort Bragg Girls’ Softball Association, Scholarship Committee
PO Box 154
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

March 31 deadline

Posted 3/14

Janice M. Scott Memorial


  • US Citizen or permanent resident of US
  • GPA of 3.0/equivalent or higher (out of a 4.0 scale)
  • High School Senior who will matriculate full-time at a US accredited four-year college or university within the fifty states or District of Columbia
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participating in community services or other extra curricular activities.
  • Combined adjusted income of the parent(s) cannot exceed $50,000.

Application Criteria Sheet

Application Form

Application Checklist

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship
    ATTN: Abraham Scott
PO Box 1023
  Springfield, Virginia  22151

Postmark before March 31

Posted 3/9

James G. Cummings Scholarship

The James G. Cummings Foundation wishes to encourage students who live in the coastal region of Mendocino County to pursue post-secondary education. The Foundation will grant undergraduate scholarships based on a student’s:

  • High potential for a successful and rewarding educational experience
  • Financial need to meet tuition and related costs
  • Limited opportunities for continued education
  • Good Citizenship
  • Personal integrity

To apply for this scholarship:

  • Make a Cover Page stating that the application is for the James G. Cummings Scholarship.
  • Complete and print the Application Form
  • Photocopy your FBHS General Application:  resumé*, essay,**  letters of recommendation..
    • *Re-visit your resume; you may include in your resumé a brief statement telling about awards/honors/achievements and also about hobbies and interests you would like to share with the committee.
    • **Re-read your essay and, if needed, edit it to discuss why you are applying for this scholarship and what you hope to accomplish with your education.
  • Request a new transcript from the Counseling Office.
  • Staple together in upper left corner; submit to the FBHS Counseling Office.

Fort Bragg High School has set the deadline of March 31 at the end of the school lunch hour for applications to be submitted to the counseling office.  In order to accommodate the Cummings Foundation guidelines, FBHS committee requires time to select which six applications will be forwarded to the James G. Cummings Foundation for final consideration. 

Posted 3/14


Peace Officers Research and Education Foundation

Eligible applicants are students whose parent or legal guardians are active members of PORAC.


March 31 deadline

Posted 1/19

Mendocino Coast Environmental Scholarship

To be eligible:

Have minimum 3.0 GPA

Have completed at least one science class in addition to that required for graduation

Be a California resident for at least one year by the time of the award.

Career goals should relate to communicating, interpreting, and researching preserving nature's wonder by way of seeking degrees in environmental science, forestry, wildlife and fisheries biology, parks and recreation, park management, environmental law and public policy, environmental engineering, natural resource planning, and environmental art; all similar environmental areas will also be considered.

Successful applicants would embrace these kinds of career objectives:

Eliminate/decrease use of finite natural resources and harm to ecosystems
Protect irreplaceable natural elements (e.g. ecosystems, species, diversity, etc.)
Re-establish health of ecosystems

Award Criteria:

30% demonstrated commitment / activism at time of application
30% academic record
30% financial need
10% participation in natural resource field/lab project

March 31 deadline

Posted 2/1

Lyme Redwood Forest Company

To be eligible applicant will:

  • Enroll in a 2- year or 4- year college/university
  • Preference will be given to applicants who will major in a field of study with an emphasis on Natural Resource Sciences. This includes but is not limited to Marine Science, Botany, Biology, Fisheries, Watershed Management, GIS, Forestry, etc.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA

To apply:

      A FBHS General Scholarship submitted to the FBHS Counseling Office is your application for this award. If you have already submitted one, then you have applied; if you have not yet submitted and wish to be considered for this scholarship please turn in your application no later than the end of lunch March 31.

Posted 2/3

Shoreline Riders, Inc.
Sharon Galliani Memorial Scholarship

Criteria for awarding this scholarship:
1/3 Citizenship, community and school involvement
1/3 Academic achievement
1/3 Financial need

Preference will be given to students who will major in animal science, agriculture, or related fields.

To apply:

  • Prepare a cover page titled Shoreline Riders, Inc. Scholarship.
  • Photocopy your ENTIRE  FBHS General Application: application page, resume, essay, letters of recommendation.
  • Add photocopies of award certificates, newspaper clippings, etc. if desired.
  • Request a new transcript from the Counseling Office

Enclose all in a clear plastic folder and send to:

Shoreline Riders, Inc.
Po Box 695
Fort Bragg, CA  95437

Postmark deadline March 31.

Posted 3/7

Coastal Mendocino Association of Realtors

Eligibility criteria:

  • All applications will be considered; selection will be made based on academic success, student leadership, stated goals and financial need.

To apply:

  • Make a Cover Page stating that the application is for The Barbara Clark Memorial Scholarship.
  • Gather your ENTIRE FBHS General Application:  application page, resume, essay, letters of recommendation
  • Request a new transcript be emailed to you from the Counseling Office.
  • Email all of the above to Deirdre Lamb at   mendocino111@yahoo.com

Your application must be received before April 1 to be considered.

Posted 2/10

Redwood Region Logging Conference

Eligible applicants will major in forestry, environmental studies, surveying, wildlife biology, fisheries or related vocational education which could include diesel mechanic or equipment operator training.  Minimum 2.0 GPA.


Must be RECEIVED BY April 1 deadline

Posted 2/10

Redwood Region Logging Conference

Diesel Mechanic  Scholarship  & Heavy Equipment Operator Scholarship


To be eligible applicant must:

  • be accepted into an accredited school that features diesel mechanics or heavy equipment operation Classes. 
  • have a long term goal which includes considering employment in the natural resource Industry in northern California.


Must be RECEIVED BY April 1 deadline

Posted 2/10

California Grocers Association Educational Foundation

CGA Educational Foundation scholarships are open to high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students who are employees of, or the dependent sons or daughters of employees of, a CGA member company.  The employee must have been employed by a CGA member company for at least one year as of the April 1, 2017 program deadline and must be employed at the time the awards are announced

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, evidence of outstanding character and leadership potential. Additionally, a number of awards have specific eligibility criteria. By completing one application, students are evaluated for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

Undergraduate student applicants must be planning to enroll as a full-time college student in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Some scholarships are available to part-time enrolled students as well.


April 1deadline

Posted 1/23

Mendocino Coast Gem & Mineral Society Scholarship

To be eligible applicant must:

  • Have minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Be preparing for a career in an earth science could include geology, mineralogy, paleontology, geography, geophysics, meteorology, marine biology, civil or mining engineering, volcanology, seismology, physiography, anthropology, or archeology or other related field.
  • Have financial need


The application is available HERE, but please know you may retype the entire application in this format as this application is not in the form of a writable PDF.


April 10 postmark deadline

Posted 3/9



American Legion Auxiliary Sequoia Unit #96  Ellen Taylor Memorial Scholarship

The American Legion and Auxiliary is a national organization composed of honorably discharged veterans.  One of the main purposes of this organization is that of furthering the education and welfare of persons who desire to obtain higher educational training.  The ability to succeed in schools of advanced learning and financial need are emphasized in the selection of recipients.  Primary consideration will be given to scholastic achievement, qualities of leadership, vocational promise, and sincerity of purpose.  Unusual talents will be recognized.

The award will be granted following graduation from high school during the student’s first semester of enrollment, or equivalent, at an institution of higher learning.  Should recipient not make use of the award within nine (9) months of the award, then a first or second alternate will be considered.

To be eligible for this award the applicant must:

Be a graduate of FBHS by the summer of the year of the award.

Be a citizen of the U.S.A.

Be a son, daughter, or grandchild of an honorably discharged veteran.

To Apply:

Create a cover page titled:  American Legion Auxiliary, Sequoia Unit #96  Ellen Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Photocopy your application page, resume page and essay from your FBHS General Application

Obtain a copy of your parent or grandparent’s Honorable Discharge Paper

Obtain 3 letters of recommendation  -  one from Administration, two from faculty

Request a transcript from the Counseling Office

Staple together in top left corner and mail to:

American Legion Auxiliary
Sequoia Unit #96 
c/o Carol Brown
18801 Lahmon Lane
Fort Bragg, CA  95437

Application must be RECEIVED BEFORE  April 10 deadline

Posted 3/9

Link Crew Scholarships

Applicant must have served as a Link Leader for at least one year.


April 14 deadline

Posted 2/9

Fort Bragg Garden Club

To be eligible the applicant must be planning a career related to the objectives of the California Garden Clubs, Incorporated.  Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors, but preferences will be given to students majoring in the following areas:  Botany, Conservation, Entomology, Floriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Pomology, Agronomy, Plant biology, Plant genetics, Plant Pathology, Landscape Architecture or other related fields.

To apply:

Prepare a copy of your entire FBHS General Scholarship Application.
Make a cover page stating that you are applying for the Fort Bragg Garden Club Scholarship.
Request a new transcript from the counseling office.

|Please mail to: Kay Rex   24881 Park Drive   Fort Bragg, CA  95437

April 15 Postmark deadline

Posted 3/23


Don & Roy Splawn Charitable Foundation - West

Scholarship Requirements
1) High School Senior (graduating)
2) CA resident                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
3) Financial need
4) Academics (2.6 GPA and above)
5) Employment: Paid or unpaid
Community Service
Extracurricular Activities

Please note that we encourage students to apply who have extraordinary circumstances in their lives as well as students who may not have the chance to attend college without financial assistance. We are looking for students who understand and exemplify the meaning of "hard work".

High school seniors chosen as recipients of the Splawn Scholarship have a chance to renew the scholarship once yearly while they are in college. Renewals take place in the Fall of every year.
Scholarship Application
1) Online application (entire application must be completed)
2) Current year transcript
3) Current (2016) Letter of recommendation (may be from counselor, teacher, employer, etc.)
4) 1-2 page essay on a selected topic
5) Current year FAFSA Summary Report (for 2016 - 2017 academic school year)
6) Typical Weekly Schedule

***Please make sure to copy and paste the website address below as it will create an error if you click the link***

The Splawn Scholarship requires that all the documents be scanned and uploaded directly to the website.

Must be submitted online by April 15 deadline

Posted 3/7

Young Adult Finance

Eligible applicant:

  • Is a male who identifies as Latino/Chicano
  • Has minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Has financial need
  • Will be attending a 4-year California public university in the fall, 2017
  • Will pursue a degree in finance or STEM

To apply:

  • Prepare a cover sheet entitled Young Adult Finance Scholarship
  • Photocopy your entire FBHS Scholarship Application
  • Add a transcript to your application
  • Prepare a short essay on a past hardship and how you overcame it

Submit your application to:  

La Bamba Imports
124 N Franklin Street
Fort Bragg

Deadline April 21

Posted 3/23

Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Chamber is to promote, support and improve the business and economic climate within its service area, to enrich the lives of its citizenry, and to encourage a stronger sense of community. In addition to marketing and promoting local businesses, the Chamber sponsors local events (e.g., Whale Festivals and Fourth of July parade), promotes Mendocino County as a location for filming, coordinates networking opportunities, publishes visitor information guides, provides referrals, and answers visitors’ inquiries. For more information about the Chamber, go to www.mendocinocoast.com.

Students interested in business or business-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferences will be given to those students who have demonstrated a desire and commitment in support of the Chamber's mission.

To apply:
Make a cover page entitled Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.
Photo copy your entire FBHS General Scholarship Application.
Request a transcript from the FBHS counseling office.
Staple each complete application packet in the top left corner.

Mail application to:    Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1141 FB   

OR Hand deliver to:  Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, 217 S Main Street, FB


California School Employees Association
#487 Tom Carlson Memorial Award

To be eligible the applicant’s parent/guardian must be a member of CSEA (the union that represents California School Employees who are not teachers or administrators, i.e. bus drivers, aides, cafeteria workers, custodians, secretaries)

  • Prepare a cover page titled:  “Application for CSEA #487 Tom Carlson Memorial Award”
  • Photocopy your ENTIRE FBHS General Application:  application page, resume, essay, letters of recommendation
  • Request a new transcript from the Counseling Office
  • Staple all together in upper left corner and submit to the FBHS Counseling Office

May 1 Deadline

Posted 3/24


Sanctuary Forest, Inc.

Awarded in support of the college education of students who have demonstrated an active interest in the environment through summer work in environmental-related activities, school projects, or long-term personal interest reflected in school, community, or outdoor activities, artwork, field notebooks, or writing.

Complete Information and Application

May 1 postmark deadline.

Posted 3/10

Mendocino County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association

  • Prepare cover sheet entitled: Mendocino County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • Photocopy your entire FBHS General Application
  • Add one page outlining your anticipated expense and income while attending school
  • Add one page responding to the following 3 questions:
  1. What personal traits or experience do you have that you believe will help you succeed in your chosen field of study.
  2. What is your career goal(s) and what lead you to choose that career?
  • Please provide any information that you believe will help the committee in selecting you for this scholarship.
    Request transcript from the counseling office
  • This organization likes to have the applications in folders with clear plastic covers.

Applications are to be submitted to: 

Mendocino County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association   700 S Franklin Street  #110  FB

Applications must be RECEIVED BY 5/1 Deadline

This is NOT a postmark deadline: applications received after May 1 will not be considered.

Posted 3/9

Geysers Geothermal Association
Fred Haley Memorial Scholarship

To be eligible applicant must have a family member who is directly involved and spends a majority of their working time in or has retired from the Geysers Geothermal field. 

To apply:

  • Photocopy your entire FBHS scholarship application.
  • Request a statement from your relative who works for The Geysers Geothermal Field, which describes their work relationship to The Geysers.
  • Request a “statement of verification and recommendation” from your school counselor.
  • Request a transcript in the counseling office.
  • Write a one-page essay on the following A description of the California Renewal Portfolio Standard and how geothermal energy contributes to that standard.”

Send your application to:              

Calpine Geothermal Visitors Center
Attention: Vera Crabtree – GGA Scholarship Fund
15500 Central Park Road
Middletown, CA  95461

May 15 postmark deadline

Posted 2/6


Fort Bragg Unified School District312 S. Lincoln St.Fort Bragg, CA  95437


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