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 Scholarship Opportunities for High School Students

Spring scholarship season is in full bloom for high school students, and San Diego-area organizations have opportunities that are ready to be picked.

Here are a few local programs with upcoming deadlines.

Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Coca-Cola, and the San Diego County Office of Education want words and photos from high school seniors, and in exchange students will have a chance to win a new laptop. The Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest is open to San Diego County high school students who will graduate this spring. Forty high school seniors with the highest-ranked essays will be awarded a new laptop and backpack. This year's essay contest comprises photos and words: Students should ride and take photos of the Metropolitan Transit System and/or North County Transit District system and write an essay about the experience. Don't miss this opportunity! The application deadline is April 6. For more information and an application, go to http://sdmts.com/node/2193.

California Coast Credit Union Scholarships

California Coast Credit Union will award $15,000 in scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in 2016. The James L. McPheters California Coast Credit Union High School Scholarship Program will provide two scholarships for $2,500 each and 10 scholarships for $1,000 each to 12 college-bound high school seniors in San Diego County and/or Riverside County. Scholarship applications must be received or postmarked by April 11. Applications are available here. To be eligible, a graduating high school senior must be a member of California Coast Credit Union, or have a parent, grandparent, or guardian of a member; have a minimum 3.0 grade point average; and have been accepted by or plan to attend an accredited college or university full-time. Financial need also may be a consideration. The scholarship is in honor of James L. McPheters, who retired after 21 years as California Coast's President and CEO. For more information, go to www.calcoastcu.org/news.htm#Scholarships or call 858-636-4233 or 858-636-4229.

Summer Journalism Workshop

The San Diego Union-Tribune Community Journalism Scholars Program is accepting applications for its summer program for high school students interested in learning about journalism and media careers. During the five-week program, up to 10 high school students will receive instruction and work in the Union-Tribune's new downtown offices as paid community journalists. The program is underwritten by San Diego Gas & Electric. Each scholar will be paid for participating in the program and have an opportunity to earn a $5,000 scholarship provided by Union-Tribune. The application deadline is April 15. Contact Union-Tribune Community Opinion Editor Blanca Gonzalez with questions or if you would like a visit to your classroom to talk to students about the program.