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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

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Youth of the Month

(download application at bottom of page)

1st and 15th of each month September through April 2018


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 Student of the Month/Year

(download application at bottom of page)

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

Elks Legacy Award


Friday, February 2, 2018 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, 2015

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
  • Maintain a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or greater

Sons of Italy Western Foundation

Postmark deadline March 1, 2018


  • 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.

Middle Class Scholarship – for California students who plan to attend a UC or CSU

You must complete the FAFSA or the

California Dream Act Application by

March 2, 2018


  • The Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) provides undergraduate students, including students pursuing a teaching credential, with family incomes and assets up to $165,000 a scholarship to attend University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses.
  • Students must meet the following requirements: be a California resident attending a UC or CSU; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have AB 540* student status; meet certain income/asset and other financial aid standards; maintain satisfactory academic progress; not be in default on a student loan; and, must not be incarcerated.
  • Eligibility for the MCS is limited to 4 years.
  • Students whose families have income and assets up to $165,000 per year may be eligible for a scholarship of no less than 10 percent and no more than 40% of the mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at the University of California and the California State University.
  • You must complete a FAFSA application
  • MCS scholarships are not set amounts and may vary by student and institution. The award is amount is determined after you are awarded any federal, state, and institutional need-based grants for which you are eligible. The final award amount will be based on the number of students eligible for the MCS statewide and the funding allocated by the State Budget.

Minerva Club Trust Fund, Inc.

(download application at bottom of page)

Submit application to Mrs. Reasner by 3pm March 9, 2018

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

Italian Catholic Federation

March 15, 2018


  • Must be Roman Catholic
  • Must be graduating senior who is Roman Catholic and of Italian descent (unless Roman Catholic parent/grandparent is a member of ICF, then do not have to be of Italian descent)
  • Cumulative GPA must be 3.2 or higher

State Council Civic Clubs of California, Inc. Scholarship

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked by March 15, 2018


  • Must be of Portuguese descent and be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have minimum 3.5 weighted cumulative GPA
  • Must be a graduating senior of a California high school (must submit official H.S. transcript)
  • Must meet all entrance requirements of the accredited community college, college, trade school or university the applicant plans to attend
  • Must have participated in at least 3 extracurricular activities while in H.S.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation-1 from the Principal, Dean or Counselor; 1 from teacher of H.S. attended; 1 from another source (relatives excluded)

The Military Officers Association of America Scholarship

(download application at bottom of page)

March 16, 2018 to Mrs. Reasner

Vary depending on number of applicants

  • Graduating high school student of active duty or retire military families
  • Must live in Northern Santa Barbara County
  • Must have a valid military ID card (photo copy must be included in the application packet)
  • Must be planning to attend a
  • 4-year college/university in the U.S.
  • Cannot be planning to attend a military academy

Santa Barbara County Cattlewomen

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than April 1, 2018

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

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 college during the upcoming academic year
  • Submit a completed scholarship application
  • Submit all High School transcripts
  • Submit all College transcripts
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation

2018 Jack Baldwin Memorial Scholarship

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than April 20, 2018


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

2018 R.L. Walmsley Memorial Scholarship

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than April 20, 2018


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

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

Santa Maria Breakfast Rotary Club

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked no later than

April 22, 2018

Up to $2,000

Vocational Scholarships - Up to $1,000 Total

Eight Vocational Scholarships of $500 will be granted

High school senior selected who will be entering either 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

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 = $18,000

$1,000 each awarded to 18 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.

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

Ted Monighetti Scholarship

(download application at bottom of page)

Postmarked by July 1, 2018


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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