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Employee Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Orange County Community Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist El Niguel Country Club employees, employees spouses and children of employees who plan to continue their education in college.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the El Niguel Country Club Scholarship Program must:

  • Be an active employee of El Niguel Country Club, who has worked at least 1,000 hours over the past two years as of the application deadline date.


  • Be a spouse of an eligible El Niguel Country Club employee who has worked at least 1,000 hours over the past two years as of the application deadline date.


  • Be children, age 26 and under, of an eligible El Niguel Country Club employee who has worked at least 1,000 hours over the past two years as of the application deadline date.


  • High school seniors or graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduates, who plan to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or vocational-technical school for the upcoming academic year.

*Certification programs must be through an accredited institution and must run on a standard academic semester calendar. Certification programs must be a minimum of one semester/term in length.


Recipients attending a two-year college school full-time or part-time are eligible to receive $2,000. Recipients attending a four-year college (full-time or part-time) are eligible to receive $5,000.  Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. The employment eligibility requirement does not apply to previous recipients.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Orange County Community Foundation. Payments are made in one installment in August. The award check is made payable to your educational institution and is added to your financial aid package. If your full cost of attendance has been met through other scholarships or grants, your scholarship award may be rescinded.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of El Niguel Country Club play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.  All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than April 22, 2024 1:00 pm Pacific Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

El Niguel Club has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!

Please make sure to add as well as the program email address provided below in the footer as safe senders in your email contact list.