scholarships& Grants

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our more than 1,300 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.  

Cal Grant

A Cal Grant is money for college you don’t have to pay back. To qualify, you must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline and meet the eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements. Cal Grants can be used at any University of California, California State University or California Community College, as well as qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California.

There are three kinds of Cal Grants — A, B and C — but you don’t have to figure out which one to apply for. Your eligibility will be based on your FAFSA or CADAA responses, your verified Cal Grant GPA, the type of California colleges you list on your FAFSA and whether you’re a recent high school graduate.

California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver)

The California College Promise Grant is available specifically for students at California community colleges. The California College Promise Grant will waive your per-unit enrollment fee (currently $46) at any community college throughout the state. For the 2013-14 academic year, more than one million California community college students received a California College Promise Grant, totaling more than $803 million in financial aid.

California Dream Act Application

he California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Making Hope Happen Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships provide $3,000 to support attendance in a college, university or technical school beginning in 2019-20.  We recognize not all students will attend college full-time, so awards will be disbursed in equal installments at the start of each 12 unit increment of their college experience for a maximum of $1,500 per year.


To qualify students must:


  • Be graduating from High School in 2019 (or completing their program at ICEC this year)

  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA

  • Have applied for FAFS


1.  Be an African American student living in the Inland Empire area (San Bernardino/Riverside Counties).
2.  Be a 2019 graduating high school senior.
3.  Demonstrate positive impact on and involvement in the community.
4.  Demonstrate high academic achievement or significant improvement over time.

College Exodus Project Scholarship

Provided by BLU Educational Foundation.  This scholarship is for students who have participated in BLU programs either through their school site or our Inland Empire-wide Programs.

Minimum GPA is 2.0

Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  Below $10,000


African American scholarships are available in colleges and universities across the United States and beyond. A college education isn't confined to a textbook or how much extra credit you can receive for completing side projects or doing research for a professor. Higher education allows students to step outside their comfort zone and to develop new relationships while pursuing majors and other interests of their choosing, unlike high school, which can be considerably more rigid in nature as well as schedule. Much can be learned from someone who is not of your background and culture.

Links Scholarship

We request your participation in the Annual Links’ Scholarship Awards. This is an
opportunity for students attending your school/church to receive funds to offset the financial
expenses incurred while attending college.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, non-profit corporation representing nearly 14,000
professional women of color in 285 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Colombia and the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service
organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and
economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African-American ancestry.

Community Foundation Scholarship

This is scholarship opportunity is available to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. It is also available to those planning to pursue an Associate’s degree with the intent to transfer to a four year college/university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.


Up to $2500 per academic year Scholarship awards may be used to pay for tuition, books, living costs, and related college expenses.



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San Bernardino, CA 92411

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