John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund

The John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement and display John Wooden’s values of integrity, leadership, and moral principles.


  • U.S. citizen
  • High school senior graduating from Newport Mesa Unified 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.

To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, you must first complete a General Applicant and then “Apply To” the John R. Wooden Scholarship Fund.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you currently a senior at a high school in the Newport Mesa Unified 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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