Senior Scholarships

Eligible seniors in the class of 2023 may apply to receive one of ten college scholarships totaling $45,000.

Graduating Seniors!

Did an elementary music class, the trip to BizTown, or high school science lab inspire the next step in continuing your education?

Tell us how and you could earn a scholarship to continue your education!

Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s senior scholarship awards are intended to encourage students to pursue a career in their selected field of study.

Ten generous scholarships totaling $45,000 are available to high school seniors in the Carlsbad Unified School District who have been involved in a Foundation-funded or supported program and who meet the eligibility requirements. A minimum of three of the scholarships will be awarded specifically to need-based applicants.

We are grateful to partner with the Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation to award the following Scholarships to 2023 CUSD graduating seniors:

  • $10,000 Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation
  • $7,500 (x2) Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation
  • $5,000 Carlsbad Educational Foundation
  • $2,500 (x6) Carlsbad Educational Foundation

Applicants submit one application. The amount winners receive is determined by a scholarship committee.

Eligibility Requirements


High School Senior

High school senior graduating from a Carlsbad Unified School District high school.


Two Letters of Recommendation

One letter must be from a teacher/instructor and the second from a school counselor, supervisor, youth leader, or another adult.


Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.

Copy of unofficial transcript from AERIES is required.

One-Page Essay

Describe your educational plan and how participation in a program supported by Carlsbad Educational Foundation has impacted your educational goals.


Furthering Education

Will attend an accredited U.S. university, college, or technical/ vocational school in the 2023-24 academic year.


FASFA Results

Include in application (SAR required only if you would like to be considered for need-based assistance).

The 2023 Application Period Has Ended

Please check back next spring for information on the 2023-2024 scholarship program.


Contact Candice Hurley, Program Coordinator
Phone: (760) 929 – 1555

Essay Guidelines

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

Essay Prompt: Describe your involvement in any STEAM, Music or Innovative program(s) funded by Carlsbad Educational Foundation and how your involvement influenced your long-term educational and professional goals (complete list of CEF funded programs is listed below).

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?

Foundation-Funded Programs

Elementary Programs:

  • Environmental Stewardship (Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation)
  • International Baccalaureate (Jefferson)
  • Junior Achievement BizTown
  • Music Programs
  • Project Lead the Way (CHE)
  • 2nd Grade Robotics FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics
  • All Science Curriculum
  • Science Days
  • Science in a Satchel (San Diego Botanical Garden)

Middle School 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
  • Nordson’s Tech Time Challenge

High School 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