Financial Aid & Scholarships

Scholarship Applications

*Click the links below to apply for a PHS Scholarship Committee Application*




Upcoming Scholarships

*Click on the links for more information and to apply!

*Note: Portola , nor any of it's affiliates, are responsible for the legitimacy or quality of the scholarships listed. 

Scholarship Deadline
College Board Opportunity Scholarships (Multiple) Various
Course Hero- Multiple Scholarships Various
The Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships (Multiple) Various
Department of Defense STEM Scholarships (Multiple)  Various
Hearthstone Housing Foundation Various
Scholarships for Nursing Students Various
Santa Ana Elks Scholarships Various
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway 10/18/2020
Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Program 10/25/2020
Crescent Electric Scholarship TBA
Heisman High School Scholarship 10/20/2020
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship 10/31/2020
Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program 11/15/2020
Dell Scholars 12/1/2020
AXA Achievement Scholarship 12/15/2020
The SunTec Auto Glass Yearly Scholarship Award 12/15/2020
Dirk Derrick Car and Truck Accident Injury Scholarship 12/15/2020
Certa Law Personal Injury Scholarship 12/15/2020
Edison Scholars College Scholarship TBA
R3 Stem Cell Scholarship 12/31/2020
Pacific Bay Recovery Scholarship 12/21/2020
Alert1 Student for Senior Scholarship TBA
Orange County Mensa Scholarship 1/15/2021
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund 1/14/2021
Hamilton Award 1/27/2021
LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program 1/29/2021
InspirASIAN Scholarship 1/31/2021
California State PTA Scholarship 2/1/2021
Cox Cable Scholars 2/3/2021
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Scholarship 2/15/2021
Christermon Foundation- Beverage Industry College Scholarship Program 2/15/2021
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Scholarship 2/24/2021
Son of Italy Western Foundation Scholarship 3/1/2021
LA Clippers- Stay in School Scholarship TBA
Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Scholarship 3/1/2021
Asian Pacific Fund Various
ITA Scholarship 3/15/2021
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship 3/15/2021
Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship 3/15/2021
SWE-PC Endowed FY21 Scholarship (Society of Women Engineers) 3/15/21
Upslove Justice Scholarship 3/31/2021
Hearthstone Housing Foundation 3/31/2021
Cirkled In Scholarship 3/31/2021
MLG Annual High School Scholarship 3/31/2021
Asian American Scholarship 4/1/2021
Asian Pacific Community Fund 4/2/2021
Taiwanese American Scholarship 4/2/2021
Chao Family Foundation 4/2/2021
Suburban Optimist Club of Buena Park Scholarship 4/9/2021
IUSD PTA Senior Scholarship 4/11/2021
Brady Cobin Law Firm Scholarship 4/15/2021
Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship 4/15/2021
TACL-OC Scholarship 4/17/2021
Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Scholarship 4/20/2021
SCAG Scholarship Program 4/23/2021
Assistance League of Irvine Scholarship 4/23/2021
American College Foundation 5/1/2021
TorHoerman Law Scholarship 5/1/2021
Custom Envy Scholarship 5/5/2021
Zakat Community Service Scholarship Award 5/10/2021
IVisa Scholarship 5/15/2021
Honors Grad U Scholarship 5/28/2021
Irvine Unified Council PTA Senior Scholarship TBA
Willow Tree Scholarship 6/8/2021
1800CPAP Scholarship 6/20/2021
El Dabe Ritter Scholarship 6/30/2021
Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Scholarship 7/20/2021
Prime Medical Alert Scholarship 7/31/2021
Amanda Creation Scholarship 8/16/2021 Scholarship Program 8/20/2021
BBB Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship 9/1/2021



Click here to view the Financial Aid Night Presentation.

The presentation covers the basics of financial aid and what types of aid are available.  



Sources of Aid

  • Federal - awarded by the federal government
  • State - awarded by the state government
  • Institutional - awarded by the college the student chooses to attend
  • Private - awarded by an outside organization


Types of Aid

  • Scholarships/Grants - do not have to be repaid
  • Work Study - earned by the student as payment for a job on or off campus
  • Loans - must be repaid


Grants and Scholarships

  • Federal Pell Grant: Federal. For students with high financial need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Federal Supplemental Grant: Federal. Based on exceptional need. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Cal Grant: State. A maximum parent income (middle range) applies. A GPA of 3.0 is required for 4 year colleges, and a GPA of 2.0 is required for 2 year or specialty colleges. Must complete the FAFSA or the Dream Act application (for undocumented students).
  • Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW): State. Pays the enrollment fees at a community college. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • CSU State University Grant (SUG): Institutional. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • UC Grant: Institutional. Limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to undergraduates who are eligible and whose Financial Aid Notice and all required documents are complete.
  • California Chafee Grant Program: Federal. For current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. Must complete the FAFSA.
  • Institutional Scholarships: Many institutions offer their own merit-based and/or need-based scholarships. Students are often automatically considered when they apply to the institution. Sometimes an institutional scholarship will require a separate application. Check each school’s website for detailed information.
  • Private Scholarships: Many organizations offer scholarships to students who meet certain criteria. Visit your College and Career Center to learn about available organizational scholarships. You may also use scholarship search engines such as FastWeb (



Work Study


A program to help students earn money while in school. Students do not pay taxes on work study income. Must complete the FAFSA and indicate interest in work study.




  • Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans: Based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest until six months after the student stops attending college. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans: Not based on financial need. Interest can be paid while in school or accrued, with a 6-month grace period. The interest rate is variable %.
  • Federal Perkins Loans: Based on exceptional financial need. Eligibility for a Pell Grant is determined first. This is federal money but the school serves as a lender. This loan is given to the student, carries an interest rate of 5%, holds a 9-month grace period, and will be cancelled for careers like teacher, nurse, and law enforcement.
  • Parent PLUS Loans: Granted to parents of students (biological or adoptive, not guardians). Not based on financial need. The loan is subject to a credit check. May cover the entire cost of attendance. Repayment begins within 60 days of the final disbursement.
  • Private Loans: Not sponsored by the federal government. They are credit and income based. The interest rate is usually higher than Stafford or PLUS loans.