Hidden Valley: How to Apply

The 2017-2018 JCEF local Scholarship Application is now OPEN! Apply by your school’s deadline of January 31st.

How to Apply


  1. Fill out the scholarship application. All items are required, if it doesn’t apply, enter N/A.
    • It is a PDF that you can type your information into, save and edit as needed.
    • You (& your parent/guardian if you’re younger than 18) need to sign & date the application.
  2. Complete your academic resume.
  3. Complete your activities chart
  4. Review the list of available scholarships
  5. Complete the scholarship selection form
    • Print a copy of the confirmation page once you submit the scholarship selection form and add it to your packet.
    • If you select scholarships with additional criteria, make sure this information gets turned into Counseling with your application.
  6. Write and submit a typed essay, approximately 500 words comprised of an introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. The body paragraphs should address each of the four following questions:
    1. What are your specific educational plans and career goals and why? What inspires you to achieve them?
    1. What have you done for your family or community that you care about the most and why?
    1. Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
    1. Describe a significant change or experience that has occurred in your life. How did you respond and what did you learn about yourself?
  7.  Include 2  teacher recommendation letters
    • Select two Teachers and/or one Teacher and one Staff member to write you a letter of recommendation.
    • Make sure that the Teacher or Staff person you ask knows you well.
    • Print out your Activities Chart or Academic Resume. Give it to the Teacher and/or Staff person to assist them in writing you a letter.
    • Give each Teacher and/or Staff person a reasonable amount of time to complete your request. Politely check back with each Teacher or Staff person to make sure it is completed. Make sure they have signed the recommendation.
    • Plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to make your requests.
  8. Include 2 Community member recommendation letters
    • Print the instructions (PDF) that you need to give to the people you are asking for a recommendation.
      You are encouraged to use the senior College Forum or College Prep Class credit required letters of recommendation. Make sure they have signed the recommendation.
  9. Attach a Transcript – it should include classes taken through the end of the second quarter.

Bring your scholarship packet to Amy Cablayan in the Counseling Center by January 31, 2018. Pay a $5.00 processing fee to the bookkeeper.

Get it in early, so that it can be critiqued and checked for completeness. Your scholarship packet needs to contain:

  • Scholarship Check List
  • Completed, signed and dated scholarship application
  • Transcript
  • Academic Resume
  • Activities Chart
  • 500 word essay
  • 2 teacher recommendations
  • 2 community recommendations (outside of school)
  • Additional scholarship criteria (if needed)

Keep a personal copy of your application and all materials in a hard copy file at home. Keep your electronic file materials well organized on your own computer and have a back-up on a flash drive for easy access in case you need to revise, edit or print items quickly to meet other important scholarship deadlines.