As an NOCE student, you can review the various types of scholarships and determine which criteria fit you best! Apply for any scholarship(s) for which you desire and/or are eligible. Scholarships are organized by the program in which you are enrolled.

Eligibility requirements vary for each scholarship. Many students qualify for several scholarships. However, it’s possible that some students may not qualify for every scholarship listed. You should read through the criteria of each scholarship to note if you are eligible before applying. 

NOCE students at the 2018 Scholarship Event

NOCE Book/School Supply Awards

“NOCE Book/School Supply Award” for students enrolled in any of our NOCE noncredit programs that require book or instructional supply purchases. Funds to set up this award category is available from a private donation.

  • Planting Seeds Book Award – Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Available in Spring

    The Planting Seeds Book Award is provided as a source of academic support for eligible students in the NOCE Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. The purpose of the award is to provide financial assistance for the purchase of textbooks to be used toward NOCE courses. An award credit for textbook purchases will be created at the NOCEAnaheim Campus or Fullerton College Bookstores in the name of the award recipient.

    Awards: Two Awards at $200 each

    Requirements:

    • Student must be currently enrolled in the NOCE Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. 
    • Student must include a letter of recommendation from an NOCE faculty or staff member. 
    • Student must demonstrate financial need by submitting a three-paragraph essay in response to the prompts below. 
    • Student must submit a copy of a Student Educational Plan indicating their plan for the fall. 

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    • Describe your educational and career goals about the field. 
    • Explain why you are applying for the Planting Seeds Book Award. 
    • Describe your financial need and how the award will assist in achieving your educational and/or career goals. 
    • Explain the ways that NOCE is contributing to your student success.

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
  • Schools First Federal Credit Union Textbook Award – Available in Spring

    The Orange County Teachers Credit Union (OCTCU) was established in 1934 by 126 school employees who donated $1,200 to support educators. In 2008, OCTCU became Schools First Federal Credit Union and the mission and vision continued to be “to provide safety and security for educators when they need it most.” This award-winning “Best of OC” credit union launched a community college scholarship program and donated the funding for this award. The value they give to education is making a difference for educators and students in Orange County. The award is designed to honor graduation from high school. Students who complete the NOCE High School Diploma Program may apply for this scholarship. 

    Awards: One award at $130 

    Requirements:

    • Student must be currently enrolled in the NOCE High School Diploma Program. 
    • Student must include a letter of recommendation from an NOCE faculty or staff member. 
    • Student must demonstrate financial need. 
    • Student must enroll and register at Cypress College or Fullerton College. 

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    • Describe your educational and career goals, including your plans to complete a degree. 
    • Explain why you chose your intended career and/or academic goal. 
    • Describe your financial need and how this scholarship award will support you in achieving your goals. 
    • Explain the ways in which NOCE is contributing to your success. 

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information
2019 High school diploma graduates

Transfer to College Scholarships

These scholarships are intended for students who intend to transfer to Cypress College or Fullerton College in the upcoming fall term.

  • District Management Association Scholarship – Available in Spring

    The professional organization for management staff of NOCCCD is committed to promoting the education of students beginning or re-entering college and seeking lifelong education within the District. 

    Awards: Two awards at $250 each 

    Requirements:

    • Student must be currently enrolled at NOCE. 
    • Student will attend Cypress College or Fullerton College in the next fall semester. 
    • Student has demonstrated leadership qualities.

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    • Describe the goals you have established and your effort to accomplish such goals. Give at least one example demonstrating your work ethic/diligence. 
    • Describe a leadership experience where you influenced others, resolved disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. 
    • Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you asked for advice in resolving the challenge, the role that the person played, and what you learned about yourself through the experience. 
    • Explain what you have done to make your community a better place. Give examples of your participation in specific projects.

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
  • Dr. W. Gary McGuire Scholarship – Available in Spring

    Dr. W. Gary McGuire, former NOCE Provost, was committed to the academic success of students and the opportunities that NOCE could provide to students. Although he retired in June 2008, Dr. McGuire often inquires about student progress and remains diligent in fulfilling the mission, tradition, and values of NOCE. 

    Award: One award at $250

    Requirements:

    • Student must complete graduation requirements by June of the current year.
    • Student will attend Cypress College or Fullerton College in the fall semester of the current year.

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    In a comprehensive two-page essay, discuss the significance of having a strong commitment to education, how you have demonstrated such commitment, and your plan to sustain your level of commitment as you complete your academic goals. 

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
  • Ella Mae Burke Foundation Scholarship – Available in Spring

    Mrs. Ella Mae Burke was a High School Diploma Program instructor and NOCE’s Basic Skills Program coordinator for almost 30 years. Her wish was to make lifelong learning a reality for the students she cherished. 

    Award: One award at $275 

    Requirements:

    • Student must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (NOCE High School Diploma Program classes only). 
    • Student must have a minimum of 25 High School Diploma Program credits completed at NOCE. 
    • Student must complete graduation requirements by June of the current year. 
    • Student is a California resident. 
    • Student must attend Fullerton College in the next fall semester. 
    • Student will be required to prove enrollment at Fullerton College in the fall semester before award of scholarship.

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    In a comprehensive two-page essay, address the impact that earning a high school diploma has had on your life, the ways in which a college education will benefit your life, and how receiving this scholarship will assist you in achieving your goals. 

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
A photo of two male English as a Second Language (ESL) students smiling in class.

Special Interest Scholarships

These scholarships are considered special interest as each has a focus on a specific interest the donor has elected to emphasize as important.

  • Christine Terry Scholarship – Open in the Fall Semester

    This scholarship was developed in honor of Christine Terry, former NOCE Provost, who was committed to helping students achieve educational goals. It was developed after her retirement in 2012 to honor and bolster the commitment that NOCE students make toward substantive self-improvement. Students often must overcome significant life challenges to enroll at NOCE. This scholarship is for students with financial needs not related to the transition to Cypress College or Fullerton College. It is designed to meet financial challenges that are less predictable and speak to the unique needs of individual students and that, if solved, would permit someone to reach their stated goal and/or continue their educational journey. For example: The scholarship could be used to fund a licensing exam, attendance at a professional conference, application fee, etc. 

    Please Note: The Christine Terry Scholarship is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to take a certification or qualifying test, or other needs beyond textbooks. 

    Award: Based on described need, but not to exceed $250 per award. A maximum of five awards will be granted each year, as the need arises. 

    Requirements:

    • Student must be enrolled at NOCE within one year of application.
    • Student must describe financial need directly related to educational goals.

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    • What inspired you to continue your education?
    • What challenge exists that, if solved, would permit you to reach your goal and continue your educational journey?
    • In the future, how would you help others achieve their educational goals

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
  • Planting Seeds Scholarship – Early Childhood Education (ECE) – Available in Spring

    The Planting Seeds Scholarship is committed to promoting the education of young children and the standards of instruction that establish a strong foundation for academic and life success. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students beginning or re-entering college in the field of early childhood education that demonstrate professional promise and leadership. The scholarship reflects the passion, continual learning, and academic excellence of a dedicated early childhood educator. The scholarship is designed to honor those qualities, skills, and professionalism demonstrated by students in the program who have given effort toward high standards, leadership, professionalism and instructional skills that will impact future early childhood students and programs. 

    Awards: One award at $300

    Requirements:

    • Student must be currently enrolled in the NOCE Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate Program. 
    • Student must include a letter of recommendation from an NOCE faculty or staff member. 
    • Student must write a three-paragraph essay in response to prompts below. 
    • Student must communicate professionalism and possession of the skills included above. 

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    • First paragraph should focus on things you have learned in the NOCE ECE Certificate Program that will ensure your success as you accept a job in this field. For example, the field of early childhood education, stages of child growth and development, professionalism, instructional skills, leadership, and how you would support others in this field. 
    • Second paragraph should focus on your definition and description of professionalism. What does it mean to be a professional? 
    • Third paragraph should focus on how you believe you can make a difference in the field of early childhood education. Explain how you will use the skills you acquired to make a positive impact in the field.

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    • Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    • Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    • Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    • Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.
  • Roots of Success Scholarship – Available in Spring

    The Roots of Success Scholarship was developed for graduates of the High School Diploma Program at the Anaheim Campus. Applicants will have demonstrated a strong commitment to academic excellence in their time in the program. They will also have a commitment to environmental awareness and promoting the health of our earth’s environment. 

    Award: Two awards at $300 each 

    Requirements:

    • Graduate of NOCE High School Diploma Program at the Anaheim Campus. 
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (NOCE High School Diploma Program classes only) 
    • Three photographs to evidence environmental community service participation in a conservation project of your choice. The three listed here are local conservation organizations; click on their logo to link to their website for more information. These are just examples. Others may be utilized. 

     

    Shadetree Partnership logoShadetree Partnership

    Shadetree Partnership Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that promotes more livable communities. It operates a 5 ½ acre nursery located on the campus of the University of California, Irvine where enthusiastic volunteers grow, care for, and nurture over 4,000 trees, shrubs, and groundcover. Since its formation in 1990, Shadetree has planted more than 26,500 trees and groundcover at various sites within the community.

     

    Bolsa Chica Conservancy logo that links to their websiteBolsa Chica Conservancy

    Established in 1990 by a coalition of government, community, business, and environmental leaders, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, provides services that inspire and connect all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration and education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology, and environmental sustainability. 

     

    Renewable farms logo that links to their websiteRenewable Farms

    Established in 2008, we have been helping people grow food for a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. We aim to educate and empower communities using responsible agricultural methods. In partnership with the city of Anaheim and Control Air, the Riverbed is a full functioning sustainable urban farm. By offering venue rental space, workshops, and selling our produce locally, we can give hundreds of pounds of fresh food away every month for free to underserved families throughout the area. 

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    The Roots of Success Scholarship was designed to emphasize the importance of taking care of our environment. In your essay, please answer the following: 

    1. Why is it important to take care of the environment? 
    2. What things are you currently doing that help to keep our environment healthy? 
    3. Tell us about the photographs you included to show evidence of your participation in a conservation project. 
    4. What are some other things that you could do to help with environmental conservation?

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information. 
  • Service Award – Available in Spring

    This award is designed to honor students who are dedicated to applying the concepts they learn in the classroom to various service projects in their community. There are various ways students can participate to help others and give back to their community. This award seeks to acknowledge academic achievement that translates into informal or formal leadership roles. The award is designed to recognize the awareness and effort that students give to incorporate NOCE course skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the community. This award values the beauty of giving back and fulfills institutional outcomes. It honors students who demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and consistent participation in programs meeting various challenges prevalent in our communities.

    Awards: One Award at $125

    Requirements:

    • Student may be entering or returning to North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) courses. 

    Student must provide:

    • Evidence of enrollment. 
    • A copy of their educational plan that includes completed courses and at least three future courses. Student should share the name of the certificate or degree program they plan to complete within the next two years. 

     

    Essay Writing Prompt:

    Student must write an essay that: 

    • Describes what brought you to take classes at NOCE. 
    • Describes your educational plans. 
    • Describes your financial need. 
    • Describes the ways you plan to apply what you have learned at NOCE to make a difference in your community. 

     

    Take the following steps to apply:

    1. Complete the online NOCE scholarship application: Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines page. 
    2. Complete the Essay Writing Prompt of the specific scholarship and save it. 
    3. Gather all required documents for the specific scholarship. 
    4. Submit the required documents by mail or e-mail before the scholarship deadline. Visit the Scholarship Applications & Deadlines for more information.

External Scholarships for NOCE Students

​These external scholarships have unique requirements and deadlines, please follow the link to the scholarship webpage for further information on how to apply.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Faculty & Staff Association Scholarship – Available in Spring

    APIA scholarships are for NOCCCD students who demonstrate, through their accomplishments in school or in the community, that they have the potential to be future leaders by having a positive impact on their community. 

    Awards: $200 to recipients 

    Requirements: For requirements and additional information, visit the APIA Scholarship page

  • Black Faculty & Staff Association Scholarship – Available in Spring

    This scholarship fund is established by the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA: Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education) in order to help underrepresented students continue their education. 

    Requirements: For requirements and additional information, visit the BFSA Scholarship page

  • Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga Scholarship – Available in Spring

    The Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga Scholarship is dedicated to Mr. Zuniga whose parents immigrated from Guanajuato, Mexico. He grew up in the city of La Habra as one of thirteen children. His life experiences included attending a school set up specifically for Mexican American children. Kiki attended Fullerton College before being drafted into the Army in 1961. He served as a barber and worked in construction before Joe Lopez, a professor at CA State University Fullerton encouraged Kiki to enroll in CSUF. In his first semester he made the Dean’s List and established goals to transform his community. Motivated by the Chicano Movement, he founded and served as the first president at CSUF. He visited local barrios to motivate Chicano youth to pursue higher education. Kiki continued his education and earned a K-12 Bilingual Teaching credential, a master’s degree in library science and served as a tenured full-time counselor at Fullerton College for 25 years. He loved reaching out to non-traditional students and motivating them to pursue their goals for a brighter future. 

    Award: One award for at least $300 

     

    Requirements:

    • Students are required to e-mail completed application to arrive by the scholarship deadline which on the application. 
    • Scan and e-mail the scholarship application, a 2-3 page essay, and letter of recommendation to: lfsa@nocccd.edu Subject: Kiki Scholarship / Your Campus Name
    • Submit the application by the deadline. 

    For requirements and additional information, visit the Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga Scholarship page

  • Fullerton College Foundation – NOCE Honor Scholarship – Available in Spring

    The Fullerton College Foundation exists to promote Fullerton College and enhance the lives of its students. Through bequests, gifts, and individual and corporate donations, the Foundation provides scholarship and grant opportunities for many students. The Fullerton College Foundation–NOCE Honor Scholarship is an opportunity for an NOCE student who will enroll at Fullerton College. Scholarships will be given to students for their freshman year at Fullerton College. The scholarship money will be for books, tuition, and supplies. Funds will be given to the recipients in two disbursements: half in the fall semester with proof of registration; and half in the spring semester with proof of fall grades and spring registration. 

    Awards: Two awards at $500 each 

    Requirements:

    • Students are required to mail completed application to arrive by the scholarship deadline. 
    • Print and Mail Scholarship Application to the above address. 
    • Mail application early so it will arrive by the deadline. 

    For requirements and additional information, view the Fullerton College Foundation – NOCE Honor Scholarship

     

  • GLADE Scholarship – Available in Spring

    The Gay and Lesbian Association of District Employees (GLADE) Scholarship is designed to encourage and support NOCCCD students whose activities have contributed to the advancement of LGBTQ+ causes while fostering a positive image of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarship aims to recognize students who have assumed active leadership and/or supportive roles in the LGBTQ community. 

     
    For requirements and additional information, visit the GLADE Scholarship page

  • Kaye Lennon Memorial Scholarship – Available in Spring

    In honor of Kaye Lennon, a long-time teacher at NOCE, the NOCCCD Adjunct Faculty United (AFU) offers an opportunity to an NOCE student who wishes to continue their education at either Cypress College or Fullerton College. Kaye Lennon was an ardent advocate for all students, whom she encouraged, and helped to succeed. In addition, Kaye was a member of AFU’s original negotiations team in the collective bargaining procedure leading to the initial agreement with the NOCCCD. During the long, arduous process, Kaye was stricken with cancer. Despite the pain associated with this illness, she continued to fight for the rights of part-time faculty. When Kaye finally succumbed, AFU’s Executive Board wanted to honor the memory of Kaye with a scholarship. 

    Award: One award at $500 

    Requirements:

    • Print and mail scholarship application to:

      Kaye Lennon Memorial Scholarship

      Adjunct Faculty United

      305 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 313

      Fullerton, CA 92832-1901

    • Mail completed application early so it will arrive by the scholarship deadline.

    For requirements and additional information, please view the Kaye Lennon Memorial Scholarship

Important

  • Quick and easy scholarship application process
  • Apply as soon as possible, before the scholarship application deadline(s)