The deadline for applications to be received electronically by the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation
for students is March 1 and for Counselors February 16.

SAPSF SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS will be at Saddleback High school Theater in April.


The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation is pleased to provide graduating seniors from all non-charter Santa Ana Unified School District high schools with the opportunity to apply for five different scholarships: Adelante, Retired SAUSD Administrators, Merit, Santa Ana Business Supported, and Nancy Diaz-Miller.  We encourage all seniors to consider applying for these scholarships. Presentation of the scholarships will be made at a Santa Ana Unified School District board meeting in May.

We congratulate you on your current achievements and wish you every success in your future college plans!

To apply

Applications are available on this website.  Click on the “Apply Now” button on the scholarship page.  You can enter all of 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 you are finished, you simply click on the “Send” button.  If you are unable to apply directly online, you may print out the form and fill it in by hand and mail the completed application via US Postal Service, to the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation Office c/o Santa Ana Unified School District, 1601 E. Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. The application must be postmarked for Counselors February 16 and Students March 1.

Scholarship Types

Scholarship FAQs

Adelante $500
– 9 scholarships

  • This scholarship is for students who will be attending Santa Ana College, will participate in the Adelante Program, with plans to transfer to Cal State Fullerton or UC Irvine.
  • To qualify, students need to complete the Early Decision Program for Santa Ana College.
  • If selected, students must enroll in 9 college credits at Santa Ana College for the fall term.

Retired SAUSD Administrators $500
– 5 scholarships

  • This scholarship is for students who have achieved academic success, have been involved in community service, and have demonstrated exemplary leadership
  • To qualify, students must have a 2.00 cumulative high school grade point average or higher

Merit $1,000
 5 scholarships

  • This scholarship is to recognize outstanding leadership and high academic achievement
  • To qualify, students must have a 3.50 cumulative high school grade point average or higher

Santa Ana Business Supported $1,000
– 1 scholarship

  • This scholarship is for students who have worked while attending high school or who have served an internship while attending high school
  • To qualify, students must have a 3.00 cumulative high school grade point average or higher

Nancy Diaz-Miller $1,500 
– 2 scholarships

  • These scholarships are 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. These scholarships are 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.

Champion Of Character Counselor Scholarship $1,000

– 6 scholarships; one per comprehensive high school

  • Each site counselor is being asked to nominate a student who has not previously been nominated for additional scholarships
  • SAPSF Scholarship Committee will determine each site winner
  • Scholarship consideration is not for the candidate with the highest GPA but based on qualities that distinguish them from other at risk 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 in spite of  hardships and setbacks to reach their high school graduation goal

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 Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Scholarship Representative for the Foundation at