The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is pleased to provide graduating seniors from all Santa Ana Unified School District high schools with the opportunity to apply for nine different scholarships to support post-secondary educational goals.  We encourage all graduating seniors to consider applying for one or more of these scholarships made available to you by funds donated to the foundation for your support.  All applications are reviewed and selected by a committee of volunteer community members.   If selected, students will be notified in March 2021 and will receive the scholarship at an awards recognition ceremony in April, 2021.   The Santa Ana Public School Foundation congratulates you on your current achievements and we wish you every success in your future college plans!


To Apply

Applications are available on this website beginning Monday, November 30, 2020.  Click on the “Apply Now” button on the scholarship page.  Please enter all your information online.  You will need to attach the responses to the essay questions as separate documents by using the “Choose File” button to connect to your document.  When the application is complete, you simply submit the application by using the “Send” button.  The completed application must be submitted prior to the deadline 11:59, Sunday, February 14, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified and not awarded.

Scholarship Types

Please read the scholarship descriptions to determine your eligibility. 

Achieve $500

The “Achieve” scholarship will recognize the achievement of graduates with Individual Education Plans who wish to continue to pursue education at a college or university.

5 Scholarships

  • This scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved success in high school while working with an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • To qualify, students must have achieved a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better.

Quick Start $500

– 5 Scholarships

  • This scholarship is awarded to students who have been focused on CTE certificate programs while in high school and wish to pursue a professional degree or certification in preparation for the workforce.
  • To qualify, students must have achieved a 2.0 cumulative high school grade point average or better, and have been enrolled and completed a CTE pathway for four semesters or two consecutive school years.

SAUSD Retired Administrators  $500

– 5 Scholarships

  • This scholarship is awarded to students who have been involved in community service, have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills and plan to pursue a career in the field of education.
  • To qualify, students must have achieved a 2.50 cumulative high school grade point average or higher.

Merit $1,000

 5 Scholarships

  • This scholarship is designed to recognize students demonstrating outstanding leadership and high academic achievement.
  • To qualify, students must maintain a 3.75 cumulative high school grade point average or higher.

Santa Ana Business  $1,000

– 1 Scholarship

  • This scholarship is awarded to one student who has worked or who has served in an internship while attending high school, and plans to pursue the field of Business.
  • To qualify, students must have achieved a 3.00 cumulative high school grade point average or higher

Nancy Diaz-Miller Memorial $1,500

– 2 Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Nancy Diaz-Miller, a retired SAUSD administrator. In her role as Director of Pupil Services and as an elementary school principal, Nancy dedicated her career to designing interventions to assist all students to be successful.

  • This scholarship is offered for students who may have had to overcome life challenges and have been actively involved in their school and/or in the local Santa Ana community.
  • To qualify, students must have achieved a 2.5 grade point average or higher

Santa Ana College Promise Scholarship $1000 per semester for four consecutive semesters.

– 2 Scholarships

(Please note that there is a different application available on the website for this scholarship.)

  • Students must attend Santa Ana College
  • The student must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average or above to qualify for the scholarship
  • The student must enroll at SAC for a specific program aligned to a career pathway with the goal to complete within two years.
  • Scholarship students will receive $1000 at the beginning of each semester for four consecutive semesters, totaling $4,000 by the successful completion of their program.
  • Students must enroll as a full-time student. (minimum of 12 units each semester)
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above each semester and pass all classes
  • Students will be required to submit transcripts to SAC at the end of each semester to maintain eligibility and receive the next award.


SAUSD High School Counselors Only 

Champion Of Character Scholarship $1,000

– 9 scholarships; one per comprehensive and educational option high school

  • Each site counselor is being asked to nominate one student who has not previously been nominated for additional scholarships.
  • SAPSF Scholarship Committee will review the recommendations and determine each site winner.
  • Scholarship consideration is not for the candidate with the highest GPA but based on qualities that distinguish them from other students.
  • Candidates should be a student who the counselor has worked closely with and feels best exemplifies the ‘champion of character’ quality.
  • Characteristics being sought are those that are outlined in the application; students who have endured and thrived notwithstanding hardships and setbacks to reach their high school graduation goal.



Scholarship Application Period Opens on Monday, November 30, 2020

Scholarship Application Period Closes on Sunday, February 14, 2021 

****High School Counselors must submit recommendations for the Champion of Character Scholarship by Sunday, February 14, 2021

Scholarship FAQs

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. Read the qualifications for each scholarship and apply for as many as you believe you qualify. You may apply for all scholarships, but you must meet the criteria for all of the scholarships.

What if I am unsure of the college I am attending?

The only scholarship that requires a student to attend a particular college is the Adelante Scholarship. That scholarship requires that you attend Santa Ana College and plan to transfer through the Adelante Program to either Cal State Fullerton or UC Irvine. Students applying for the Merit scholarships are expected to attend a university.

What if I am an AB 540/DACA student?

Students qualifying for admission to a California college or university as an AB 540 student or to any college or university under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are welcome and encouraged to apply for SAPSF scholarships. Make sure you work with your counselors and advisors to apply for the California Dream Act to be eligible for additional assistance if you are attending college in California.

What if I don’t know my GPA or my family income?

Your cumulative high school grade point average will be verified through the school district.This will also be verified through the school district.

What should I do if I have questions or need help?

Contact your Higher Education Center or the Counseling Center at your high school or phone the Foundation office. You may also contact Lucinda Pueblos at or Alex Ito at, Scholarship Representatives for the Foundation.

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