Full Tuition Scholarships

There are many great scholarship available. Check out these programs to see if you can qualify!

Posse Foundation

  • a four year full tuition scholarships to students with academic and leadership potential
  • must be nominated by a teacher, counselor, community leader or past Posse scholar (nominations are submitted at the end of Junior year)
  • a competitive scholarship with 3 rounds of interviews
  • the scholarship is only applicable to Posse Partner Colleges
  • if selected, you must attend that college and all other applications will be withdrawn (treat this scholarship as a binding college commitment)
  • Posse also offers the ongoing support of a posse (9 other students) who will be attending the college with you
  • Posse also pays for your tuition to one of its partner grad schools and links you to internships


  • citizenship or permanent resident status
  • cumulative high school GPA of 2.5
  • leadership ability and community service

POSSE Partner Colleges for the Los Angeles Area:

    • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
    • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
    • UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
    • Syracuse University- Syracuse, New York
    • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
    • Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
    • Bucknell College, Lewisburg, PA
    • Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
    • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
    • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
    • Middlebury College

Questbridge Scholars

  • full-tuition scholarships to one of their 33 partner colleges.
  • must apply through the National Match QB application due at the end of September
  • if they are matched to one of the colleges, they will get a full ride.
  • The National College Match was designed specifically to help high-achieving low-income students gain admission and scholarships to some of the country’s best colleges and universities.

Questbridge Partner Colleges

  • Amherst College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carleton College
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Emory University
  • Grinnell College
  • Haverford College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Scripps College
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • Tufts University

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Vassar College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University

Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan

If you choose to attend a UC and your family income is less than $80,000 a year, you qualify for financial aid under the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. The Blue + Gold program pays for college tuition that FAFSA and Cal Grants will not cover. Blue + Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending. Under the plan, your systemwide fees will be fully covered by scholarship or grant money if you are in your first four years at UC (two if you’re a transfer student). The plan combines all sources of scholarship and grant awards you receive (federal, state, UC and private) to count toward covering your fees. If, for example, you receive Pell and Cal Grants and private scholarships that don’t fully cover your fees, UC grant money will make up the difference. Students with greater financial need can qualify for even more grant support to help defray other educational expenses (like books, housing, transportation, etc.) In 2010-11, UC provided grant and scholarship assistance averaging $14,514 per student to more than half of undergraduates.

Requirements :

  • Be a California resident
  • Demonstrate income below $80,000 with financial need, as determined for federal need-based aid program
  • Be in your first four years as a UC undergraduate (first two for transfer students)
  • Meet other campus basic requirements for UC grant aid (for example, be enrolled at least half-time during the academic year, meet campus academic progress standards, not be in default on student loans, etc.)
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2 and provide any additional documentation campuses may request by the specified deadline.
  • Make sure your school submits a GPA verification form to the Cal Grant program, or download the form, have your school fill it out and send it to the California Student Aid Commission

You do not need to apply separately to the Blue + Gold Program, just submit a FAFSA before the deadline. Learn more about the program here.

Merit Scholarships

There are many colleges and universities that offer merit scholarships for students with stellar GPAs (4.0)+.

  • Boston University – Trustee Scholarship
  • USC Trustees Scholarship
  • Washington University
  • St. Louis-Danforth Scholarship
  • Indiana University – School of Journalism – Ernie Pyle Scholars,
  • CSU Presidential Scholarships.
  • Allegheny College Trustee Scholarships
  • Loyola Marymount Trustee and Presidential Scholarship
  • Grinnell College Trustee Scholarship
  • Albright College – Warren L. Davis Scholarship
  • Aquinas College – Jerome C. Byrne Scholarship, John E. Veneklasen Scholarship, R. Paul Nelson Scholarship
  • Bluffton University – Presidential Scholarship
  • Hendrix College – The Hays Memorial Scholarship. Provides funds for tuition, board, meal plan and mandatory fees. Awarded to 4 first-year students. Requisites: Be a senior in high school; at least a 3.6 GPA; score a minimum ACT composite of 32 or a minimum SAT total of 1410; and ideally apply by Hendrix’s Nov. 15 EA I deadline, but no later than Feb. 1 EA II deadline. www.hendrix.edu/HaysNomination
  • Husson College – Distinguished Scholar Scholarship
  • Ithaca College- Park Scholar Program. Covers entire cost of attendance (tuition, room and board) including stipends for living expenses, books and a one-time computer purchase. Awarded to outstanding seniors each year (10 merit-based scholarships) and rising juniors each spring (3 merit-based scholarship). www.ithaca.edu/parkscholars
  • Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering  – Charles R. Westgate Scholarship in Engineering
  • Loyola College in Maryland – Presidential Scholarship & Marion Burk Knott Scholarship
  • Marshall University – Society of Yeager Scholars &John Marshall Scholars.
  • Medical University of Ohio – Presidential Scholarships
  • Milken Scholars – Milken Scholars Program. Provides financial assistance totaling up to $10,000. Requisites: Minimum GPA of 3.6; minimum composite SAT I score of 1250 or a minimum ACT of 28; active in community service activities; leadership; financial or other obstacles; US citizen, permanent resident or Student Visa; and admission to a 4-year college or university prior to final selection. www.milkenscholars.org
  • Morehead State University –  Presidential Scholarship & Commonwealth Scholarship
  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)
  • Niagara University – Niagara University Honors Scholarship
  • The Ohio State University at Marion – Dean’s Scholar & Marion Scholarship
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art – The Dorothy Lemelson Scholarship
  • Ramapo College – Presidential Scholarship & Ramapo Scholarship
  • Southwestern Michigan College – Award of Distinction
  • Transylvania University – William T. Young Scholarship
  • Troy University -The Millennium Scholar’s Award & The Chancellor’s Award
  • University of California Irvine – Regents’ Scholarship and Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarships
  • University of California, Riverside – Regents Scholarship
  • University of Detroit Mercy – Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and Jesuit Founders’ Scholarship
  • The University of Kansas
  • University of South Carolina – McNair Scholars and Carolina Scholars
  • Wake Forest University – Nancy Susan Reynolds, Guy T. Carswell and Joseph G. Gordon Scholarships