Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors 

Coastal Community Foundation’s (CCF) has a number of scholarships available for graduating high school seniors.  Eligibility for each scholarship is outlined below. Additionally, you must download the scholarship guidelines at the right of this page for an explanation of the application process. Note: Teacher recommendation letters are required for most scholarships. Applications for 2020 will be available in December 2019.

Other scholarship programs and guidelines also are listed below.  The application process for each of these scholarships varies. 

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 November 2020.

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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.

Deadline: April 1, 2020


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.

Deadline: April 1, 2020


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: April 1, 2020


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. 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

Deadline: April 1, 2020


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.

Deadline: April 1, 2020


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.

Deadline: April 1, 2020


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: April 1, 2020


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 San Dieguito Union High School District, Carlsbad Unified School District, Oceanside Unified 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.

Deadline: April 24, 2020


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 who completes the one page nomination form will ask the student to download the student information form and complete the form.  All forms are emailed to scholarships@coastalfoundation.org.

For more information contact the foundation or the counseling department at San Dieguito Academy.  Nomination and student information forms will be available in January 2020.


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.  Awards are open to students studying Suzuki music (piano only).  Scholarships are not available for private music lessons.  The guidelines and application will be available in 2020. For questions contact the Foundation at scholarships@coastalfoundation.org or call (760) 942-9245.