Student Scholarship Awards

At Blanchard Institute, we are dedicated to supporting graduates of Student Self Leadership beyond our four-week programs thanks to our generous donors. We invite all ​eligible students to apply for ​​the Ken and Margie Blanchard Family Scholarship after completing the course.

Blanchard Institute’s 2024 Scholarship Application Is Now Closed 

Blanchard Institute partnered with the San Diego Foundation to find 10 eligible graduating high school seniors to apply for the Ken and Margie Blanchard Family Scholarship, valued at $2500. (This included current seniors and seniors who completed SSL in Summer 2023.)  

Applications were due Wednesday, March 6, 2024, and they needed to include their SSL completion badge along with the application. Scholarship recipients can expect to be notified in June 2024. 

As part of the San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship, students had access to more than 100 other scholarships. Because of this partnership, we were only able to consider students who are residents of San Diego County, California, this year.   

For any questions or additional information, reach out to Blanchard Institute at 

Investing in our graduates, year after year

​We are so impressed by our scholarship applicants. Student Self Leadership exists to develop the leaders of tomorrow, and our ​outstanding​​​ applicants affirm our purpose again and again.

When students apply, we ask them to provide academic records, educational plans, extracurricular involvement, work history, community service, awards and personal statements showcasing their individual experiences, strengths, and goals. Our aim is to grasp their identity, ambitions, and vision for the future.

Our goal is to give away ten scholarships every year on average. We believe in our Student Self Leadership graduates, and we want to invest in as many students as possible in the years to come. And guess what—you could be our next ​recipient​​​!

Blanchard Institute Awards Seven $2500 Scholarships to Exceptional Graduating Seniors

ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA (May, 2023) Blanchard Institute is proud to announce the recipients of its scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year. We have selected seven graduating high school seniors to receive $2,500 scholarships based on their achievements and...

Student Self Leadership graduates are eligible to apply for a one-time Blanchard Scholarship if they:

Have successfully completed the Student Self Leadership program at any point in their high school career

​​Are in their high school graduating year and on pace to complete their diploma or equivalent

Currently live in San Diego County, California, and Will pursue their post-high school education in the United States

Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale 

Take your next steps for a chance to be awarded $2,500.


Enroll in Student Self Leadership—at no charge!


Successfully complete either the in-person or collaborative online course.


Submit your scholarship application.


Wait for us to reveal our next scholarship recipients.

Scholarship FAQ

What are the application criteria for the 2024 Scholarship?

Blanchard Institute Scholarship applicants should:  

  • Currently reside in San Diego County  
  • Be a graduating high school senior 
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited community college, four-year university, or trade/vocational school in the United States 
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Be engaged in their community through their involvement in extra-curricular, community service, and/or work activities 
  • Have successfully completed SSL and must submit a copy of their SSL completion badge

This link will allow applicants to register and access Blanchard Institute’s scholarship through the Common Application.  

What does San Diego County include and why is it limited to that region?

Here is a map of San Diego County and zip codes it includes. We plan to make the scholarship more widely available in the future, however right now, working with local partners ensures that we can manage the program more effectively and devote more resources directly to student support.  

What is San Diego Foundation and the San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship?

In 2023, San Diego Foundation (SDF) awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students, making SDF the largest private non-university scholarship provider in San Diego County. Because we are part of their common scholarship, students also get access to more than 100 other scholarships at the same time. Check out the SDF Common Scholarship page for additional details about the process, FAFSA/CA Dream Act, tips for a competitive scholarship application and more. If you have questions directly for SDF, please contact their Scholarships team at (619) 814-1343 or 

Do scholarship recipients need to choose a post-secondary school in California?

No. Recipients may apply for scholarships to higher education locally and nationally.  

How do I get a copy of my Student Self Leadership completion badge?

We issue completion badges through Credly, a third-party. You would have received notice via email shortly after you completed the course from the address This PDF will give you step-by-step instructions for downloading it. If you can’t find that email, we can request a new one for you. Just let us know at 

Am I only eligible if I will be attending a college or university?

No. Students are eligible if they are continuing their post-high school education in any capacity, whether through colleges and universities, community colleges, or vocational and technical schools​ in the United States​.

What types of expenses can I use my scholarship award for?

Our scholarship award is redeemable for a variety of educational expenditures including tuition, room and board, books and materials, etc. The scholarship amount is sent directly to the student’s chosen post-high school educational institution. It cannot be redeemed for cash.

How long after completing the course can I apply?

Students who meet the eligibility criteria may apply for the scholarship award ​​​at any time after they have earned their Student Self Leadership digital credential. However, eligible students must complete and submit their scholarship application before they begin their first year of post-high school education.

How many times can I apply?

Students may ​only apply for the scholarship award once.

If my child finished the Student Self Leadership program as a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school, will they still be able to qualify for the Blanchard Scholarship when they are a senior?

Yes, your student can apply for the Blanchard Scholarship as soon as they begin their senior year of high school or their last year of secondary school.

Can my child apply for the Blanchard Scholarship if they live in or plan to live in a country other than the United States after they graduate?

Unfortunately, no. At this point, we can only offer scholarship awards to students who will be attending post-secondary school within the U.S.

Send us a direct message or reach out via email or phone, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.