Youth Scholarships


The Disneyland® Resort will award $7,500 scholarships to 10 Orange County high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in volunteerism and a commitment to making a difference in their community.

The Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program underscores our dedication to and legacy of volunteerism and community support, while furthering opportunities for educational advancement for students to attend college or a professional trade school. Since 2005, the Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program has granted more than $425,000 in scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded to students with great potential, financial need and exemplary community service.  Scholarships are meant to assist students in pursuing higher education by contributing to unmet expenses such as: tuition, room and board, lab fees and books.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a resident of Orange County, California
  • Be a graduating high school senior during the 2013-2014 academic school year
  • Currently attending an Orange County public, private or charter high school
  • Be pursuing higher education
  • Volunteered a minimum of 150 hours of  local community service between September 1, 2010 – December 31, 2013 through one or more Eligible Charitable Nonprofit Organizations*
  • Have a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA from 9th grade to 11th grade (most recent transcript required and must be uploaded to the application)
  • Provide verification from the predominant charitable nonprofit organization with which you volunteer (must provide a valid Tax ID number)
  • Have participated in a significant service project that impacted your community
  • Please note the nonprofit organization through which you completed this service project will be the one you use to register your application. In addition, this nonprofit organization will be contacted to verify your application information and should adhere to The Walt Disney Company Charitable Giving Guidelines listed below.

*Eligible Charitable Nonprofit Organization Information

In order to qualify, volunteer hours must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • In the United States – a non-profit organization that maintains current 501(c)(3) status under U.S. Federal Tax Code
  • Secular (non-faith based) activities. Volunteer hours with a church or religious group must benefit the greater community (e.g. food kitchen, homeless shelter, or other programs whose primary purpose is non-faith based community outreach). Volunteer activities that DO NOT qualify include: religious education, retreats, alter service and youth ministry.

The Walt Disney Company Charitable Giving Guidelines

All organizations must adhere to the following eligibility guidelines:

  • A U.S. nonprofit charitable corporation that has been granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), or, if a K-12 public school or school district, under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c)(1) of the Code
  • Electronically verifiable in the IRS Business Master File
  • U.S. Patriot Act compliant

Ineligible Organizations:

  • Organizations that discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation
  • Organizations that operate or support activities that are counter to the policies of The Walt Disney Company
  • Organizations that are actively engaged in highly controversial issues or use controversial tactics to advocate their position. A controversial issue is a serious matter that has an impact on society or its institutions where different segments of the community have strong opposing positions. A controversial tactic is an unlawful activity, or an extreme action that intentionally damages or threatens people or property.
  • Labor unions or trade associations
  • Fraternal or political organizations

The Walt Disney Company reserves the right (in its sole discretion) to change, suspend, revoke or terminate its charitable giving at any time, without advance notice, and to make the final determination of the eligibility of all organizations

Key Dates

  • Submit application between October 15, 2013- January 7, 2014 (12:00 am PST)
  • Finalists will be contacted via email in February
  • All finalists must attend a panel interview tentatively scheduled for the week of February 24-28, 2014. Attendance is required in order to participate in the selection process. There will be no makeup sessions or rescheduled appointments. 
  • All scholarship recipients will participate in two group activities, tentatively scheduled for May 17, 2014 and May 31, 2014
  • All qualified applicants will receive two complimentary 1 Day, Park Hopper Tickets (to be distributed after the 2014 scholarship recipients have been announced)

Please email questions to Community Relations at

By proceeding to the application, you agree that you have carefully reviewed the listed eligibility criteria and that your non-profit organization follows The Walt Disney Company Charitable Giving Guidelines. You understand that applications that do not meet all requirements will be disqualified. In addition, you agree that The Disneyland Resort has the right to use all information provided in this application for the purposes of processing your application and such uses related to The Disneyland Resort Scholarship Program.


Congratulations to our 2013 Disneyland Resort Scholarship Recipients!

2013 Disneyland Resort Scholarship Recipients

Alicia Frausto

Alicia Frausto
Katella High School, Anaheim
Los Niños de la Calle con Wendy Foundation

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 683
  • Community Services Highlight: Spends every Sunday afternoon for the last three years at Boysen Park feeding the homeless.
  • “In my opinion, the city’s homeless are my friends. On their hands I see scars, in their faces I see desperation, and from their voices I hear stories of struggles, but when I hand them that plate of food, I see hope in their eyes.”
Carlos Castellanos

Carlos Castellanos
Katella High School, Anaheim
Discovery Science Center of OC

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 315
  • Community Service Highlight: Started the Puente Club at his high school, where any student can come in and learn about what is necessary to get to college and also provide visits to colleges.
  • “I volunteer because I believe it can have a profound impact in someone’s life and also because I want to change the community I live in for the better. I enjoy [it] because seeing the smile or satisfaction someone feels because of something I did for them is worth more to me than anything else.”
Gabrielle Gregory

Gabrielle Gregory
El Toro High School, Lake Forest
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,630
  • Community Service Highlight: Helped found a club to begin a mission of celebrating life and dedicated to helping families with children going through cancer treatment.
  • “As a child, my mother always reminded me to live for others. Throughout my life, I hope to inspire many to see beyond themselves by starting my own non-profit organization and help others throughout the world.”
Homin Kwark

Homin Kwark
Northwood High School, Irvine

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,385
  • Community Services Highlight: Founded a student-led nonprofit (501c3) organization to inspire scientific interest and curiosity in peers through programs, campaigns, challenges and competitions designed by students for students.
  • “Volunteering empowers us as agents of change. It drives individual creativity, community unification and global revolution as we identify solutions to worldly problems through the lens of innovation. …I hope to grow as a leader who has the vision and skills to bring about change, particularly in the field of engineering.”
Kathy Tran

Kathy Tran
Los Amigos High School, Fountain Valley
OC Human Relations Council

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 419
  • Community Services Highlight: Organized many events such as Cesar Chavez Day to empower other students to have an interest in different cultures.
  • “I hope to demonstrate to my community that a Vietnamese girl like myself can be educated about issues that connect all cultures together. Not only do I want to prove…that I can empower others about a wide range of issues, but I also want to create new leaders that will do the same.”
Katya Sutil

Katya Sutil
Oxford Academy, Cypress
Youth Leadership America

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 945
  • Community Services Highlight: Helped organize all the Christmas festivities at a local Hospice that ignited happiness within the patients.
  • “I take pride in my ability to be a catalyst for change in my peers…[and] I hope to utilize the connections I establish in the future to turn my passion for service into significant progress.”
Michael Salmond

Michael Salmond
Villa Park High School, Villa Park
St. Joseph’s Hospital

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 742
  • Community Services Highlight: Co-founded the Greater Orange Service League to create a group to perform community service that young men would be interested in doing, and now has over 100 members.
  • “I believe that by spending my time to help other citizens, I will learn a lot about my community and how to best use by abilities to benefit others in the future. Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to my community and to strengthen that community as a whole.”
Michelle Tran

Michelle Tran
Valencia High School, Placentia
CHOC Foundation

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 596
  • Community Services Highlight: Founded Kinship, a student group that aims to address the needs of the community, donating nearly $1,000 to charitable causes.
  • “Throughout my adolescent years, I have strived to give back to my community with any resources that are available to me, even if it meant doing things in a non-conventional way. My appreciation for the world I come from has strengthened my resolve to help and advocate for others.”
Nathaniel Lam

Nathaniel Lam
Troy High School, Fullerton
Youth Leadership America

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,128
  • Community Services Highlight: Designed and sold “Save Japan” shirts to raise funds for the Tsunami in 2011, raising over $5,000 in over 30 schools.
  • “By tackling issues locally and abroad, I have discovered that a simple idea, combined with passion and dedication, can have an enormous impact on the community.”
Robert Santaella

Robert Santaella
San Juan Hills High School, San Juan Capistrano
Anaheim Police Activities League

  • Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,000
  • Community Services Highlight: Involved in Anaheim Police Explorers to help mentor future leaders to get closer to their dream of becoming a police officer.
  • “I want to be a part of something that is good for the people of Anaheim. I will continue my service to the people of Anaheim and the surrounding cities in my future of becoming an Anaheim police officer.”