Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors 

Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) has a number of scholarships available for graduating high school seniors.  Eligibility for each scholarship is outlined below.  The application deadline for 2021 is Friday, April 2nd.  

Selection Criteria

No members of the families of the Scholarship Committee, or employees of the Foundation, shall be eligible for any scholarship.   Scholarship awards typically range from $500 – $3,000. The Foundation will not distribute funds if no suitable candidates are found in a given period of time. All scholarship awards will be granted directly to the college or university by December 2021.


Bill Berrier Scholarship Fund

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to prepare for a professional career in the field of education (teacher, counselor).
  2. Graduating seniors who are attending one of the San Dieguito Union High School District schools are eligible to apply.
  3. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  4. Financial need will be considered.
  5. This scholarship is eligible for renewal for up to 3 years. Requires satisfactory completion of full-time course work, maintaining a minimum of 2.75 grade point average (4.0 scale) and continued pursuit of a career in the field of education.

Joe W. Chavez Educational Fund

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who will be pursuing a career in the fields of medicine or government.
  2. Students from Carlsbad, Oceanside, and San Dieguito High School Districts are eligible to apply. One to two scholarships will be made per district. The average scholarship is $1,000-$1,500.
  3. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Please submit a copy of transcripts to: scholarships@coastalfoundation.org (Unofficial copies are accepted.)
  4. The scholarship is not need based. Awards will be made to students whose grades and personal activities demonstrate an ability to achieve their goals.

Joe DeCamp Memorial STEM Scholarship

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to college-bound graduating high school seniors.
  2. Applicant must be a direct admit to a Flagship University School’s College of Engineering or admit to a school predominantly focused on graduating STEM majors.
  3. Graduating seniors who reside in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista are eligible to apply.
  4. Applicant must meet the minimum requirement for admission to the California State University system.
  5. Preference will be given to students who are active with Boy Scout Troop #750.
  6. This scholarship is merit based. Financial need is not considered.
  7. Letter of recommendation may come from a scout leader in addition to the options listed above.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: April 30, 2021


Eric Hall Scholarship Fund

  1. Students from Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Dieguito, San Marcos and Vista High School Districts are eligible for this scholarship.
  2. Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in the areas of architecture; civil or structural engineering; construction management or those interested in urban & city planning or public administration.
  3. Please submit a copy of transcripts to: scholarships@coastalfoundation.org (Unofficial copies are accepted.)
  4. Applicants will be judged on the following:
    1. Financial need
    2. Experience in Community Service
    3. Potential to succeed
    4. Scholastic achievement, minimum 3.0 grade point average

Eric Scott Langdon and Diana Monzeglio Memorial Scholarship Fund for Artists

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who will be studying the arts, music or dance at a college or university.
  2. Students from San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy only are eligible for this scholarship.
  3. Preference will be given to students who excel in fine arts, dance, or music.
  4. Preference will be given to students who need financial support to attend college.
  5. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.


Jackie Harrigan Haase Memorial Scholarship Fund

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to students who are pursuing a career in nursing, counseling, psychology or special education.
  2. Students from the San Dieguito Union High School District are eligible.
  3. Students must be attending a two or four year college or university.
  4. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  5. Preference will be given to students who have been in special education.

Steve Pratt Refuse to Lose Scholarship

  1. Scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who participate in a varsity sport and who plan to attend a 4-year college or university.
  2. Graduating seniors who attend Scripps Ranch High School are eligible to apply.
  3. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 unweighted grade point average.
  4. Financial need is not required, but may be considered.
  5. Additional information on Steve Pratt and this scholarship is available at: refuse2losesports.com

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: April 30, 2021


Dr. Roy Risner Scholarship

Criteria: Scholarships may be awarded to students who plan to study in any field. A preference will be given to those who plan a professional career in the field of education*. Please email scholarships@coastalfoundation.org for an application if you qualify for the Dr. Roy Risner Scholarship. Please read the criteria below.*

  1. Graduating seniors must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Transcripts must be submitted with the application.
  2. Priority will be given to qualified applicants from Carlsbad Unified School District, Oceanside Unified School District or Vista School District.
  3. Students who are employed at Shadowridge Country Club in Vista and who have demonstrated a strong work ethic will be given key consideration based on the qualifications outlined above.
  4. Scholarships may be renewed based on satisfactory academic progress.
  5. Students who choose to take a gap year after graduating from high school may apply for a scholarship the year following their graduation.

Teacher Recognition Award

Teachers or counselors at San Dieguito Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District may nominate a student for a scholarship award. The awards are made from the Orphan Education Foundation at Coastal Community Foundation. The minimum award is $500. A teacher or counselor who completes the one page nomination form will ask the student to complete the student form. Nomination forms are distributed to teachers and counselors in January. To request a nomination form contact Laura Fleming at scholarships@coastalfoundation.org


Other Scholarships

Barbara Schneiderman Memorial Scholarship for Piano Enrichment: Suzuki Music Scholarship

Scholarships are available for San Diego County students to attend the San Diego Suzuki Institute camp for piano. See guidelines attached to the right of this page. To complete the application click on the link below. Application Deadline: May 14th, 2021

Awards are open to students studying Suzuki music (piano only). Scholarships are not available for private music lessons. For questions contact the Foundation at scholarships@coastalfoundation.org or call (760) 942-9245.

Higher Education Scholarships

Neal McNeil III Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available to a college student who is pursuing a career in finance at CSU San Marcos or SDSU. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at time of application. Scholarship amount is $2,000. See guidelines at top right of this page for additional criteria and instructions.

NEW Application Deadline: March 31st, 2021

JWG Scholarship for Biology & Molecular Biology

This scholarship is a available to a college student who is pursuing a career in biology or molecular biology at UCSD. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors at the time of application. Scholarship amount is $2,500. See guidelines for additional criteria and instructions.

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021

Leigh O. Cortez Educational Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is available for a teacher currently teaching in the Carlsbad Unified School District or Encinitas Union who wishes to pursue graduate work in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or a related field. Scholarship amount is $2,000. See guidelines for additional criteria and guidelines.

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021