To apply for our college scholarship, write a 500 word essay on any topic you feel passionate about.

Provide examples of how you’ve overcome obstacles in order to receive an education. What have these challenges taught you, and how will that prepare you for future challenges you face as a student in an institute of higher education? Provide detailed examples.

For any topic you choose, please provide examples of how it has applied in your life. Provide detailed examples.

This scholarship can be used for any school-related expenses – including tuition or books.

To participate, you must meet be currently enrolled at a high school in California. Submissions must be received no later than February 15, 2017. To obtain an application, please send an email to Vicky Cazares at

Winners of this scholarship will be announced in the spring of 2017.