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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

(scroll to bottom of web page for application)

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.

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program

Apply online by October 25, 2018 by 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Up to $25,000

  • Must have financial need
  • Must exhibit integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Must graduate in 2019
  • Commitment to pursue a Bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a US citizen

Elks Most Valuable Student Competition

November 15, 2018

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.

Fireside Catholic Publishing

Part II of Application

Please submit your completed application and essay to Mrs. Reasner by December 1, 2018


  • Must be a Catholic High School senior who is successfully embracing his/her religious education
  • Must write 750-word essay on “How religious education is influencing your life?”

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

Deadline December 31, 2018 (11:59 pm Central Time)


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be at least 17 years of age and not older than 23 by June 30th of the year you start college
  • Complete high school/equivalent certificate
  • Take the ACT or SAT test prior to deadline and receive at least the minimum scores listed below:
  • § ACT: Math=21,
  • English=22
  • Combined=47
  • § SAT: Math=540
  • Critical Reading=550
  • Combined=1200

2017 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 4, 2019

$10,000 renewable scholarship/ Up to $40,000

  • Must be a college-bound student who excels in leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.

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

Deadline: January 10, 2019 @ 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

Deadline January 15, 2019 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 2019.
  • 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

Elks Legacy Award

Deadline February 1, 2019 by 11:59 am (noon) Central Time


  • Open to high school seniors whose parents/grandparents are current Elk members and have been since April 1, 2016

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.


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 2018 earned more than $4,740,000 in scholarships and you can too!