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College Counseling and Scholarships


Welcome to the St. Joseph High School Counseling Department. We are here to serve you and help you reach your academic, career and personal goals.

Please stop by our offices anytime or call/email to schedule a personal appointment with your counselor:

Christy Reasner

Guidance Counselor

(Student last names A-L)

(805) 937-2038 x128


Angelica Meza

Guidance Counselor

(Student last names M-Z)

(805) 937-2038 x107


Services that we offer include, but are not limited to:

    • Career & College Exploration
    • Assistance with the College Application process
    • Guidance with the college application Personal Essay
    • Guidance with the completion of the “Student Academic Resume”
    • Information on Financial Aid and Scholarships
    • Information and Test Prep for PSAT, SAT & ACT
    • Transcript Audits of graduation/college requirements


Please take a moment to preview the Financial Aid Power Points attached to the bottom of this screen. It will help explain the financial aid process. Even if you think your household income is too high, there are programs for ALL families. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your counselor. We do not want you to miss out on any financial aid opportunities that you may qualify for!!




Award Amount

Eligibility Requirements

Elks Student of the Month/Year

2017-18 ELKS Application.docx


By the 10th of Each Month through March 2018


  • Selection is based on the following: GPA, school activities, community involvement, must be a high school senior

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Youth of the Month

1st and 15th of each month September through April


High school seniors submit their applications to their counselor for verification

Students can apply once only

Students receive a $100 check and are invited with their parents to a Chamber membership luncheon where they also receive a plaque.

  • There are a lot of applications to review for April and May so it is best that your students apply earlier rather than later as there is so much competition for only 2-4 awards at the end of the year.

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition

Completed online by 11:59 pm Central Standard Time November 27, 2017

Award: Vary from $4,000-$50,000

Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.

Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.

College students are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

Male and female students compete separately.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) General Scholarship Program

APIASF General Scholarship application opens on September 14, 2017

Deadline: January 11, 2018 @ 5 p.m. ET

Offers a range of scholarships from one-time $2,500 awards to multiyear $20,000 awards

The APIASF General Scholarship Program:

  • Offers awards that can be used to cover the total cost of attendance, not just tuition, room, and board
  • Focuses on students who are representative of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community's geographic and ethnic diversity
  • APIASF offers scholarship opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success.

Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation

Opens October 15st, 2017

Deadline January 15, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time

Awards Vary

  • Applicant must have attended at least four* of the six years between grades 7-12 AND graduate or receive a GED from Santa Barbara County high school** by June 2017.
  • Applicant must be planning to attend full-time as an undergraduate, medical (M.D.), or graduate student at a Title IV-approved school.
  • Applicant must be a U.S citizen, permanent resident, or AB 540 eligible

California Strawberry Scholarship Program

Postmarked by February 15, 2018

$400 - $5,000

  • PRIMARY QUALIFICATION for first-time applicants: Applicant must have a parent that is currently employed as a California strawberry fieldworker (including the prior two harvest seasons)
  • Full-Time enrollment in an accredited trade school, community college, four-year university, or graduate school

Daughters of the American Revolution

Emailed by February 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time


  • Criteria for each scholarship opportunity vary

Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau’s G.A.A.T.E. Scholarship Program

Postmarked by April 1, 2018

3 Awards $250-$1,000 each

  • Eligible students must:
  • Be a resident of Santa Barbara County
  • Plan to enroll in university or community college during the upcoming academic year
  • Plan to major in an agricultural related field
  • Submit a completed scholarship application
  • Submit all High School transcripts
  • Submit all College transcripts
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation


Here are just a few...

College Board Scholarships



This is a scholarship search engine which includes other helpful information regarding other types of aid, loans, calculations, other questions, etc.


Sallie Mae's free Online Scholarship search

Scholarships On The Net (1,500)


WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search



Guaranteed Scholarships

The SJHS class of 2017 earned more than $4,200,000 in scholarships and you can too!

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