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CEF Scholarships

Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) scholarships are intended to encourage students to pursue careers in their selected college fields.

We award fifteen $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the Carlsbad Unified School District who are pursuing secondary education with a two-year or four-year college or university and have been involved in a program funded by CEF. Two of the scholarships, sponsored by ViaSat, will be awarded specifically to students who have participated in Science Olympiad and five of the scholarships will be designated specifically to need-based applicants.

Submit completed application and recommendation form via email and schedule interview time by May 1, 2020.

College-Bound Seniors!

Did an elementary music class, a field trip like BizTown, a science lab, or high school musical inspire your college decision?

Tell us how a Foundation-funded program impacted your future and you could earn $1,000 for college!


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  1. High school senior attending a Carlsbad Unified School District high school.
  2. Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (copy of student’s unofficial transcript is required).
  3. Plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be related to a program supported by CEF that impacted your school experience. One letter must be from a teacher/instructor, the second from a supervisor, youth leader, or other adult.
  5. One-page essay describing your educational plan and how participation in a program supported by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation has impacted your educational goals (see page 2 for essay details and a list of these programs).
  6. FAFSA results (SAR required only if you would like to be considered for need-based assistance).
  7. Application, additional documents and interview sign-up must be received by May 1, 2020.
  8. All applicants may be required to complete an interview with the scholarship committee.
Application Materials
Interview Times

Please do not sign up for an interview until you have submitted your application.

Essay Guidelines:

Format: One-page, 12-point font, double-spaced, MLA format. Please include your name in upper left corner.

Your essay should address the following:

Describe your involvement in any STEAM, Music or Innovative program(s) funded by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation and how your involvement has influenced your long-term educational and professional goals (refer to chart above for a complete list of CEF funded programs).

You should also consider and include the following topics in your essay:

  • What is your field of study and why did you choose it?
  • Awards, honors, and/or merits received during high school.
  • Why do you believe you deserve to receive this scholarship?
  • Is there anything else you would like the committee to know?

Programs that Qualify for the CEF Scholarship:

Elementary CEF Programs:

  • Environmental Stewardship (Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation)
  • International Baccalaureate (Jefferson)
  • Junior Achievement BizTown
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (CHE)
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Robotics
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics
  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Days
  • Science in a Satchel (San Diego Botanical Garden)

Middle School CEF Programs:

  • Lux Art Institute Valise Project
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (CHMS)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics

  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Days
  • Science Olympiad
  • Nordon’s Tech Time Challenge

High School CEF Programs:

  • Genius Project (SCHS)
  • Junior Achievement Finance Park
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (SCHS)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spring Musicals
  • Student Leadership Program

The 2019 CEF Scholarship winners, photographed in Magee Park wearing the letters of the college they’ll attend in Fall 2019.


Carlsbad Educational Foundation Awards Carlsbad Unified School District Seniors with $1,000 College Scholarships

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, this week awarded the recipients of the CEF Scholarship to graduating seniors from Carlsbad and Sage Creek High Schools.

Fifteen seniors who best demonstrated how their educational experience benefitted from CEF programs in music, science, and innovation received a $1,000 award. Four of those scholarships were awarded to students based upon financial needs, and two scholarships, sponsored by Viasat, were awarded to Science Olympiad participants.

We are happy to share the names and college commitments of this year’s winners.

Carlsbad High School Award Recipients:

  • Samara Anderson (University of Southern California; psychology and math)
  • Andrew Kuznik (University of California, Los Angeles; Spanish and linguistics for pre-med)
  • Ethan Meade (Occidental College; music production)
  • Julia Mireles (San Diego State University; sustainability)
  • Marlowe Morris (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; business administration and theatre arts)
  • Lindsay Sackin (San Diego State University; music)
  • Tyler Vasse, Science Olympiad recipient (University of California, Berkeley; bioengineering)

Sage Creek High School Award Recipients:

  • Emilie Anderson (San Diego State University; journalism)
  • Ari Beckett (Mira Costa College; business and global economics)
  • Allison DelGrande (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; business)
  • Zyra Kingston (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; architectural engineering)
  • Harrison Logan (University of Wisconsin; chemical engineering)
  • Jenny Tucker (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; business)
  • Nicole Yuen (University of California, Riverside; biology)
  • Keely Hsieh, Science Olympiad recipient (University of California, Irvine; mechanical engineering)

This is the fourth year CEF awarded college scholarships to seniors. This year, the Foundation increased the total amount of awards from 10 to 15.