Centennial High School

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu





Deadlines and Scholarship Amounts Vary
Pick up applications and information in the Career Center


Seniors remember to let Ms. Hayes know if you receive any type of scholarship, monetary award or military acceptance. All your hard work will be recognized at the Senior Awards Ceremony at the end of the school year.


Naviance a free research site for college/career exploration. Search multiple scholarship opportunities by logging on to the CHS webpage under Resources. [email protected], password birthdate (02032002) example.





Adventist Health Bakersfield Volunteer Services Healthcare Scholarship  Applicant must be a KC high school 2020 graduating senior, who has applied and been accepted in a two or four year college or university. Other eligibility requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need and plans to enroll in a nursing or health related field of study. Five scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Deadline is 04/09/20. CLOSED


Alpha Delta Kappa -Theta Chapter Applicant must excel in the areas of academics, leadership, citizenship, and service to others. A cash award of five hundred dollars and a trophy will be presented to two senior girls graduating this spring from the Kern High School District. Only graduates from junior high or middle schools from the Bakersfield City School District can apply. Deadline is 03/27/20. CLOSED


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Omega Chapter Book Scholarship All Kern County African-American seniors may apply for a book scholarship to help begin their college education. A completed application, personal essay and (2) sealed letters of recommendation are required. An official transcript must be submitted by the postmarked deadline. Deadline is 02/10/20. CLOSED


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Financial assistance to deserving high school students in celebration of their academic excellence and contributions to the school and community. This assistance is in the form of a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $1,000.00. Deadline is 03/07/20. CLOSED


Assistance League Bakersfield Scholarship Applicant must be entering a two year community college or four year college/university. Student must have a 3.0 GPA, financial need, community involvement and be a resident of Kern County, FAFSA must be completed. The application must be completed and submitted with all required documentation and recommendations. Deadline is 03/20/20. CLOSED


Association of California School Administrators To qualify for this scholarship at least one of the parents of the applying student must be an ACSA member. Forty-three $1,000 First Year scholarships will be awarded; fourteen shall be awarded based primarily on financial need. Deadline is 02/07/20. CLOSED


Augustine Family Scholarship The Augustine Family Scholarship is a $1,000 per year financial need-based scholarship available for students from Kern County who are enrolled in a 4-year college/university. The scholarship is meant to support highly-motivated students who may have trouble paying for college/university on their own. The scholarship is renewable each year the student is in a four year program. Students must come from a low-income living situation. Deadline is 04/14/20. EXTENDED CLOSED


Bakersfield Chinese Women's Club Applicants must be of Chinese descent, complete application, have a 3.0 GPA  or higher and include a 200 word essay. Extracurricular activities, community service and family needs will be considered. Student must be accepted by an accredited college/university. Deadline is 03/31/20. CLOSED


Bakersfield College Bakersfield College has nearly 300 unique scholarships available from merit to need-based, covering all majors, with GPA minimums starting at 2.0. Learn more about applying at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/apply4money  Deadline is 02/01/20. CLOSED


Budd Ray Memorial Scholarship Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a veteran or active duty military member. Active Duty ID card, or other acceptable proof of military service, must be presented at time of interview. Deadline is 04/17/20. CLOSED


California Alarm Association Applicant must have a parent or guardian who is a full time paid active duty law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or EMT(public sector). A 500-1,000 essay is required which explains, "What it means to me to have my parent involved in securing our community."  Also required is a resume and community service verification form. Deadline is 04/10/20. CLOSED


California Association of Wine Grape Growers Foundation Students must have a parent or guardian employed by a CA vineyard during the 2018-2019 wine growing season to apply. Be graduating and planning to attend a University of CA, CSU or a community college. For students to be eligible and remain eligible for this scholarship, you must enroll in 12 or more units per semester with satisfactory grades while attending college. Deadline is 03/08/20. CLOSED


California School Employees Association The CSEA Scholarship Award Program provides financial assistance to dependent children and spouses of CSEA members, helping many continue their education after high school and in a college or vocational school. Forty-three, $1,000 First year scholarships will be awarded: fourteen shall be awarded based primarily on financial need. Five, $1,000 Community College Scholarships and five, $1,000  College/Vocational scholarships will be awarded. 


California School Employees Association Kern High Chapter #81 Scholarship One parent or guardian of the applicant must be a member in good standing with CSEA Chapter #81 for at least one year. Applicant must be planning on attending college/trade or vocational school as a full time student. Have had a minimum GPA of 3.0 in grade, 10, 11 and the 1st semester of 12th. Submitted application with a GPA of less than 3.0 maybe considered for a book allowance. Submitted applications with a GPA of less than 3.0 maybe considered for a Book Allowance. Deadline is 03/25/20. CLOSED


California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) General Scholarship for freshman. Learn more about applying at  https://csub.academicworks.com/. Application is now open. Deadline is 03/02/20. CLOSED

 California Table Grape Agricultural Scholarship To be eligible, you must be a 2020 graduate residing in the California San Joaquin valley table grape growing region. You must be planning to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree in a field of study pertinent to table grapes. Examples include soil science, plant pathology, entomology, sustainable agriculture and food systems, genetics and plant biology, agricultural education, agricultural communication, agricultural business, agricultural marketing, horticulture and crop science, botany and plant pathology, agricultural policy, international marketing, food science, and technology. Deadline is 02/14/20. CLOSED
California Table Grape Field Worker Scholarship To be eligible, you must have had a parent or a legal guardian be employed as a field worker in a California table grape vineyard during the 2019 season or plan to be so employed during the 2020 season. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating in 2020, who plan to attend four-year universities or colleges in California. Up to three $20,000 scholarships are available. Deadline is 03/06/20. CLOSED
Chief Steve Alvidrez Criminal Justice Career Scholarship This Foundation will award merit scholarships to students pursuing a career in criminal justice. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 units)  and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in high school. The following application materials are required: completed application form, essay (500 words or less) resume listing your education/experience and your high school transcript. Deadline is 05/01/20. CLOSED
Contreras Scholarship Foundation 2020 This scholarship is a one-time award offering educational assistance for graduating seniors. Minimum GPA of a 2.5. Student must have financial need (low income).  A one page essay, transcript and letters of recommendation are required. Deadline is 04/03/20. CLOSED
Corti Family Agricultural Fund Scholarship Applicant must plan to major in Agricultural or an Agriculture-related field. (Forestry or an Agriculture Education majors are not eligible.) Preference for students interested in raising stock, farming, and soil conservation. Demonstration of academic performance, leadership, participation in school and community activities, and work experience is desired. Apply online at www.csascholars.org/corti. Deadline is 03/16/20. CLOSED
Dale Scott & Co. Scholarship Applicant must be a graduating female student pursuing studies in either finance or political science. The applicant must submit the application form, transcript, statement regarding extra-curricular activities, self-statement of goals and two letters of recommendation. Deadline is 03/12/20. CLOSED
Darden Architects, Inc. Graduating senior must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, provide two letters of recommendation and official transcripts. The applicant must have been accepted to and intend to enroll full-time in the California Polytechnic State University, SLO, Architecture program. A select number of applicants maybe selected for oral interviews. Deadline is 05/01/20. CLOSED
Democratic Women of Kern Scholarship The scholarship committee is granting a $500 scholarship to a graduating female senior who is either a registered Democrat or who has at least one parent or legal guardian who is a registered Democrat and will be enrolling in an accredited College or Trade school in the fall of 2019. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or above. Deadline is 04/02/20. CLOSED
Filipino Community of Bakersfield & Vicinity, Inc. This scholarship will recognize students of Filipino Ancestry who have achieved a balance of excellence in academics, leadership and community service. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) is required as well as an essay, two letters of recommendation, transcript and a wallet size photo. Deadline is 04/20/20. CLOSED
Grimmway Enterprises, Inc. Scholarship Program The families of Rod & Bob Grimm sponsor this Scholarship Program for the children of employees of Grimmway Enterprises, Inc. The goal of this program is to encourage the employees' children to graduate from high school eligible to attend a four-year college or university and earn a college degree.The maximum reward can be a $10,000 college scholarship and a computer. Deadline is 03/15/20. CLOSED
Harvey and Laura Brockmeyer Kiwanis Scholarship Applicant must have been a member of a Future Farmer Chapter, Key Club of a County High School or the child or grandchild of a Kern County Kiwanian. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Applicants will be evaluated on: statement of goals, leadership to school and community, financial statement and counselor/teacher evaluation. Scholarship award is $4,000: $1,000 a year for four years. Deadline is 03/31/20. CLOSED
Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. 2020 Medical Scholarship Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for a $250 scholarship. Must be a resident of Kern County and planning on attending either a Junior College or State University in 2019-2020. Must be enrolling in a medical field major, paramedic, EMT, nurse, physician, dentist or hygienist. A 300 word essay indicating your educational plans and career goals is required. 
Howard & Mamie Nichols Scholarship Applicants must be a graduating senior of a high school within Kern County, have adequate, scholastic or other accomplishments, demonstrate traits of good character, motivation and seriousness of purpose. Plan to attend full-time an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, technical, trade, or professional school located in the U.S. Apply online at www.csascholars.org/nichols  Deadline is 03/16/20. CLOSED
India Association of San Joaquin Valley Merit Scholarship Applicant must be of Indian Origin with IASJV family membership for the last 2 years. A brief resume including background, educational and other achievements should be included. Deadline is 03/01/20. CLOSED
India Association of San Joaquin Valley Financial Aid Scholarship Applicant must be of Indian Origin and be willing to send a copy of your College acceptance letter in by May 5th. If requested, the applicant also agrees to appear for an interview before the scholarship committee. Deadline is 03/01/20. CLOSED
Italian Catholic Federation Applicant must be a Roman Catholic of Italian descent who has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. You may also qualify if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the Italian Catholic Federation. Deadline is 03/15/20. CLOSED
Kern Association of Educational Office Professionals Applicant must intend to continue his/her education in the field of business administration or education. Must have a 2.0 GPA or better in high school. The 2018-19 scholarship is valued at $1,000. More than one scholarship may be awarded. This scholarship is a "tuition-only" scholarship. Deadline is 03/31/20. CLOSED
Kern Community Foundation Submit one application, and they do the rest! Since 2015, almost 350 awards have been made to Kern County seniors, totaling over $7,000,000! Ranging from $500 to $5,000! Apply online at kernfoundation.org to start your application. Deadline is 03/01/20. CLOSED
Kern County Science Foundation Scholarship Scholarships will be awarded to deserving students who pursue a major in science, mathematics, engineering or other similar fields at an accredited college or university. Applicants must also have a 3.5 GPA. Have participated in at least one KC Regional (or equivalent) Science Fair during their high school years OR participated in other science, mathematics or engineering endeavors such as GEMS, Science Bowl, Senior High Math Field Day, Physics Olympics or service-learning projects. Applications are available. Deadline is 02/17/20. CLOSED
Kern County Wool Growers Auxiliary Applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S. and a Kern County resident attending high school. Applicant must be taking or planning to enroll in agriculture or agriculture-related courses, with plans to pursue a college degree in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. Must have a GPA of 3.0 sophomore through senior years. Scholarship award is $1,000. Deadline is 04/08/20. CLOSED
Laurelglen Elementary School Parent Club Scholarship Applicant must have attended Laurelglen Elementary School for at least their sixth grade year. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education. Deadline is 04/02/20. CLOSED
Martha "Marti" Ortiz Memorial Scholarship (A dedicated counselor at CHS) Graduating senior must have a 2.5 or better GPA. Have an interest/participation in athletics and/or performing arts. Complete application process, include two letters of recommendation and a one to two page essay responding to the question: "If you could change one thing about the world around you, what would it be and how would you try to change it for the better?". Deadline is 04/01/20. CLOSED
Maya Cinemas Make a Difference Scholarship 2020 Applicants who have demonstrated a high level of participation in extracurricular activities to improve the positive outcomes of others in his/her community through volunteerism, mentoring and the embodiment of the characteristics of service, compassion and leadership. The scholarship committee will also review the quality of letters of recommendation, essay and attention to detail in the application. 
McGregor Music Scholarship Applicant must be a KHSD student who has had a major interest in the field of music and plans to study music in college. Transcript, statement regarding extra-curricular activities, self-statement of goals and letters of recommendation are required. Deadline is 03/12/20. CLOSED
Moose Scholarship Applicant must have a 3.25 GPA or higher and show not only excellence in academics, but have also demonstrated leadership skills that involve extra-curricular activities, community service, volunteerism, and have an innate desire to help others. Award amount is $1,000. Deadline is 03/16/20. CLOSED
Nelson Family & 999 Foundations - Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Applicants must have applied for admission to an accredited college of university to pursue a two or four year degree in a Public Service field (law enforcement, fire, etc.) of study. Applicants must also provide a one page essay on why they have chosen Public Service as a career and why it is important to them, their community and society. Turn in completed application to Ms. Hayes. Deadline is 04/14/20. EXTENDED CLOSED
Norris Middle School Scholarship For graduating seniors who are also graduates of Norris Middle School. Application, essay, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and a copy of high school transcript is required. Deadline is 05/01/20. CLOSED
North of the River Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Applicants must be college bound seniors from Centennial, North, Liberty, and Frontier High Schools. Applicant must apply online. One $1,000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship has been designated for each school. Here is a direct link to the application: https://www.norchamber.org/scholarship-application. Also found on this website: www.NORchamber.org . 
Omni Family Health Scholarship Applicant must be a current year high school graduate, with a cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA. Planning on majoring in the health care profession. Sealed letters of recommendation from at least three teachers or administrators who are familiar with the student and his/her character are required. Ten awards or $1,000 (maximum) will be distributed per recipient per year. Deadline is 03/27/20. CLOSED
P.E.O. Chapter HY  P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization celebrating the advancement and education of women through the aid of scholarships. P.E.O. is one of the oldest women's organizations in North American. Requirements are as follows: financial need, GPA of 3.5 or above, community, extracurricular school activity, and/or work experience, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor and a one-page essay on how you feel you have made a positive impact on another individual. Deadline is 04/01/20. CLOSED
PWNGK Professional Women's Network Group of Kern Patricia Cheadle, a lifelong resident of KC, was known for her commitment to helping all to realize their value and potential within. This memorial scholarship is being offered to students who have secured acceptance in trade or collegiate training programs, to purse their educational dreams. This is an online application. [email protected]  
Robert Miller Scholarship for Viticulture and Enology Applicant must be planning to major or are majoring in viticulture or enology at either Alan Hancock Community College or Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Each year either a $500 (Community College) or a $1,000 (4-yr. College) scholarship will be awarded. Deadline is 03/08/20. CLOSED
San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Charter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a petroleum-related field (any branch of engineering, environmental or earth sciences). Awarded candidates will receive up to $5,000 depending on academic achievement and overall strength of the applicant pool. 
Sara Takii Scholarship Bakersfield Republican Women, Federated Two scholarships of $1,000 each are designed for female students who will, or have, graduated from  a high school in Kern County. Student must be female, a U.S. citizen, and a registered or preregistered Republican. Two letters of recommendation, including one teacher and one non-family member with phone numbers of authors for follow-up. An official transcript, current photograph and the ability to interview in person or live online if needed. Deadline is 04/01/20. CLOSED
Sun Pacific - Growers and Shippers of Quality Fruits & Vegetables Dependents of full-time Sun Pacific employees, graduating from high school in 2019 are eligible to apply for a scholarship to assist in their pursuit of a college education. There are a total of five scholarship that will be awarded this year. Deadline is 05/01/20. CLOSED
The Centennial High School Talons Scholarship Applicant must be a graduating Centennial senior who has participated in either Band, Color Guard, or Orchestra for at least three years. A 3.0 GPA is required along with a one page essay. Three scholarships are available. CLOSED
The Fred Pierucci Scholarship For Architecture and Planning This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Centennial High School who intends to attend college in the Fall and who demonstrates an interest in studying architecture, planning, or a related field as an undergraduate or later as a graduate student. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote careers in the built environment that improve the lives of people and communities through policy and design. To apply, please provide a personal statement (maximum 500 words) and one letter of recommendation. Please submit your application to the career center. Deadline is 04/22/20. CLOSED
The Patricia Jean Foundation Memorial Scholarship This scholarship will be awarded to ten local seniors. A 2.5 GPA along with 50 documented hours of community service during high school is required. Award amount is $2,000. 
The Pierucci Family Economics Scholarship This scholarship will be awarded to a Centennial High School senior planning on attending college in the fall, who has an interest in the study of economics. Must submit a short essay of 500 words and one letter of recommendation. Deadline is 04/03/20. CLOSED
Thelma Rae Self Music Scholarship Students will be chosen on the basis of need and musical promise. A self-statement of goals, two letters of recommendation (must include music teacher and counselor or administrator) and a copy of your transcript. Award amount is approximately $1,000. Deadline is 03/12/20. CLOSED
Thomas Midnight Pewitt Memorial Scholarship The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage High School Seniors who have been involved in sports and agriculture to continue with their education. Students must demonstrate a good moral character and a commitment to community service. Award amount is $1,000. 
We Are Hawks Staff Club Scholarship The staff members of Centennial High School fund the "We Are H.A.W.K.S." Staff Club Scholarship each year to help a graduating senior continue their education and build a brighter future for themselves. The four hundred dollar scholarship will be given to one deserving senior student who is planning to enter the field of education. Deadline is 04/01/20. CLOSED
Woman's Club of Bakersfield Scholarship award is based upon having a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a maximum cumulative GPA of 4.0 NO EXCEPTIONS, community and volunteer service, instructor/faculty recommendation, career goals and objectives. Applicant must be a resident of Kern County and be a citizen of the United States. Award amount is $1,000 renewable. Deadline is 03/02/20. CLOSED
2020 California Chapter Women in Mining Scholarship Women in Mining, California Chapter, seeks scholarship candidates who possess a commitment to obtain an education leading to a degree through a course of study related to mining, geology, engineering or environmental studies. Five awards in the amount of $2,500 each will be awarded. 
2020 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship This scholarship is for a student entering college or a university who plans on majoring in a transportation related field and are related to a current, former, or retired Caltrans District 6 employee. Must possess a GPA of 2.5 or better. Award amount is a $1,000 or $2,000 scholarship. Deadline is 03/27/20. CLOSED
2020 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Applicant must be entering college or a university and plan on majoring in a transportation related field: Accounting, Anthropology, Archaeology, Animal or Plant Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Environmental Science, Equipment Operations, Graphic Design, Human Resource, Information Technology, Landscape Architecture, Legal, Planning, Project Management, Real Estate, Surveying. Must possess a GPA of 2.5 or better. Award amount is a $1,000 or a $2,000 scholarship. Deadline is 03/27/20. CLOSED
2020 Caltrans District 6 DAC Caltrans District 6 Disability Advisory Committee announces two scholarships for current high school students attending any college or trade school. Criteria for selection includes being disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA) Applicants will have the opportunity to be selected for a $500.00 scholarship. Deadline is 04/06/20. CLOSED
2020 Lincoln Day Essay Essay must be no longer than 500 words. Pick a current issue that has either a local/national impact and explain how Abraham Lincoln would deal with the issue today. First, second, and third place winners will be presented with scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $750 at the annual Kern County Lincoln Day Dinner. Deadline is 02/11/20. CLOSED

Scholarship Websites 2019-2020

Additional Scholarship Resources 

  •  www.fastweb.com – Fastweb is the largest source of free scholarship assistance. Over 1.3 million scholarships are featured (worth over $3 billion). It is based on a questionnaire you fill out about yourself.
  •  www.meritaid.com – Offers assistance with finding over $11 billion worth of merit-based scholarships.
  •  www.finaid.com – This is the most comprehensive “how to” site for getting financial assistance, including as Expected Family Contribution Calculator.
  •  www.cappex.com - Find scholarships, colleges and college reviews.