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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 x116


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

By the 10th of Each Month to Mrs. Reasner through March 2019


  • 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.

California Strawberry Scholarship Program

February 15, 2019

$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
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or greater

Daughters of the American Revolution

Emailed by February 15, 2019 by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time


  • Criteria for each scholarship opportunity vary

Sons of Italy Western Foundation

(Academic Award; Italian Language Study Grants in Italy; Athletic Award for those pursuing a career in sports or related field)

Postmark deadline March 1, 2019


  • Scholarships will be awarded to students graduating from public or private high schools in California, Nevada, and Klamath Falls, Oregon.
  • Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry.
  • For the Italian Language Study Grant, applicants must also have completed a foreign language course in high school.
  • Selection will be based on scholastic record, activities evidencing leadership, financial need, written personal goals statement, Essay of Italian Origin, and letters of recommendation.
  • Applications for the Italian Language Study Grant must be submitted separately, including being placed in a separate envelope, from any application for a college scholarship.

California State University Channel Islands Presidential Scholarship Program

March 2, 2019

(renewable for up to 4 years)

  • This scholarship will cover: California Resident Fees, Material Fees, $600/ semester credit at the bookstore, and use of laptop
  • Must be resident of California
  • Minimum 3.75 GPA
  • SAT score of at least 1200 or ACT of at least 27
  • This is merit based and is not dependent on financial need.

Fil-Am Grant Scholarship

Postmarked no later than March 4, 2019


  • 3 Awards of $1,000 to high school seniors. Can be any person of any ancestry of the Santa Maria Valley/Orcutt/Guadalupe community to be eligible
  • 1 Award of $500 to a vocational/community college student. Can be any person of any ancestry of the Santa Maria Valley/Orcutt/Guadalupe
  • 1 Award of $300 to a Fil-Am Associate

Minerva Club Trust Fund, Inc.

Submit application to Mrs. Reasner by 3pm March 11, 2019

Up to $1,200

Graduating senior of an accredited Santa Maria valley high school

Must have financial need

Minimum 3.0 GPA

Demonstrated school and community involvement

Commit to enroll at an accredited institution of higher learning in the fall of 2018

Enroll in a minimum of 12 units

Enroll in academic classes fulfilling graduation requirements

Be a U.S. citizen

State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship

Postmarked no later than March 15, 2019


  • Must be of Portuguese decent and a USA citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have a minimum 3.50 Total Weighted GPA and be graduating from a California high school
  • Must meet entrance requirements for accredited college of choice (community college, university, trade school)
  • Must have participated in at least 3 extra-curricular activities while in high school
  • Must have 3 letters of recommendation to discuss academic standing, character and personality.
  • 1.Must be Principal, Dean or Counselor and verify extra-curriculars
  • 2.Must be from teacher
  • 3.Must be from someone other than relative
  • Must complete application and essay

Santa Barbara County Cattle Women

Postmarked no later than

April 1, 2019

up to $1,000

Must be a high school senior

Must fulfill entrance requirements of an accredited college/university of his/her choice

Must have had involvement with the beef industry

Must have a purposeful educational goal

Must write a 300-word essay

Submit 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members: one must be from a teacher or beef project leader

The Rotary Club of Santa Maria Academic Scholarship

Postmarked no later than April 5, 2019


  • Student must be a graduating senior from SJHS
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • College bound fall 2019
  • Students will be judged on:

  • §Academics
  • §Community service
  • §Extracurricular activities
  • §Financial need

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club

(please download application from bottom of page)

Return to Mrs. Reasner by

April 17, 2019

@ 3:00 pm

Up to $2,000

Vocational Scholarships - Up to $1,000 Total *

8 Vocational scholarships of $1,000 will be granted

Selected from either a graduating high school senior entering a vocational program at a technical school or a vocational program such as the Police, Fire, Nursing, Industrial Welding, Automotive or Other Vocational Programs at community colleges such as Hancock or Cuesta Colleges

High school students apply for scholarship – Club selects up to 2 winners

Award size to help defray costs of vocational program student is entering

S.M. Breakfast Rotary Memorial Scholarship - $6,000 total

Three scholarships of $2,000 each

Selected from all high schools at large

100% based on community service

Presented in memory of all deceased S.M. Breakfast Rotarians

S.M. Breakfast Rotary Special Recognition Awards - Total = $22,000

$1,000 each awarded to 22 top students selected from all high schools in the Santa Maria Valley.

Same criteria from scholarship process in the past to be used: Academic, Community Service, Ltr. of Rec., and Essay

S.M. Breakfast Rotary Hancock College Bound Support Awards - Up to $2,000

Four $500 awards selected at large from all the applicants who will be attending Hancock College their freshman year.

Scholarship is renewable for an additional $500 in their second year provided student has completed 18 units by the end of their first year and has maintained a minimum 2.50 G.P.A.

In 2017, Breakfast Rotary will provide up to four $500 awards to second year Hancock Students along with these four $500 awards to first year Hancock Students or a total of $4,000.

Other: Continue practice of precluding children and grand-children of S.M Breakfast Rotarians from receiving scholarships from Club.

2019 Jack Baldwin Memorial Scholarship

(please download application from bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than April 19, 2019


Student must be planning to attend a trade or technical school or similar vocation program

Demonstrated high scholastic standing, non-paid participation in community service organizations or projects

2019 R.L. Walmsley Memorial Scholarship

(please download application from bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than April 19, 2019


Student must be planning to attend a 4-year college/university

  • Demonstrated high scholastic standing, non-paid participation in community service organizations or projects

Daniel B. Dingman Scholarship for Peace and Justice 2016

April 20, 2019


Must attend St. Joseph, Orcutt Academy or Righetti High Schools or live in Los Alamos, California

Must be a senior in good standing

Must intent to pursue your education at a 2- or 4-year college/university

Must demonstrate a commitment to a cause or causes outside of themselves as demonstrated by service to others for the common good (see application for details)

Frances C. Dingman Scholarship for the Creative Arts

April 20, 2019


Must attend St. Joseph or Righetti High Schools or live in Los Alamos, California

Must be a senior in good standing

Must intent to pursue your education at a 2- or 4-year college/university or an accredited art institute

Creative arts can include but is not limited to: performing arts, visual arts, and creative writing

  • This definition is broad, so please ask your counselor if you qualify.
  • Students must submit 2 examples of their work. One should be a project that was submitted for a grade and the other can be the student’s preference

Ted Monighetti Scholarship

(please download application from bottom of page)

Postmarked by July 1, 2019


Student must plan to attend an accredited university, junior college, or trade school

Any major can apply, but agricultural majors are strongly considered.

Must submit 2 letters of recommendation, 1 must be from a teacher

The applicant must also submit a one-page handwritten autobiographical essay describing his/her educational/career goals, extracurricular activities etc., and why he/she deserves to receive this scholarship.

Current year’s transcript must accompany the application


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