John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund

The John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and for whom higher education might otherwise not be possible without financial assistance.


  • U.S. citizen
  • High school senior graduating from Newport Mesa School District
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited institution or as a part-time student if employed
  • Demonstrate a strong pattern of community involvement, such as volunteer work and active participation in school clubs, church, etc.
  • Financial need may be considered. If you choose to not enter financial information you may enter a “0”

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you currently a senior at a high school in the Newport Mesa School District?
  2. Please address ONE of the following John Wooden quotes and reflect on how it has applied to your life. Maximum length: 600 words.
  3. 1. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. My definition of success states that you must make the utmost effort to bring forth your talent. This is how you prepare to win. Do otherwise and you are simply preparing to fail.”
  4. 2. “More often than we ever suspect, the lives of others we do effect. Leadership is a trust – a sacred trust in my opinion. It goes beyond meeting quotas or winning a basketball game. You have the opportunity to change a person’s life by helping him or her become the best they are capable of becoming.”
  5. 3. “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything. My coach at Purdue, Piggy Lambert, constantly reminded us: ‘The team that makes the most mistakes will probably win.’ The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success. The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake. Be sure your mistakes are not the result of poor preparation or sloppy execution. Winners make the right kind of mistakes.”
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