Scholarship Offerings for Poway High School Seniors

The deadline to submit your scholarship application is April 23rd. Completed applications are to be dropped off at the Poway High counseling office. You will be contacted as to whether an interview will be scheduled with the scholarship committee. Recipients with be recognized at the Poway High Awards ceremony in May. If you have a questions, please email


Alumni Association Scholarship

The Poway High School Alumni Association establishes this scholarship to recognize outstanding service, dedication and achievement of a Poway High School senior planning on attending a university or trade school. This scholarship is funded through donations to the Alumni Association.

Todd Gutschow Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established by the Family of Todd Gutschow to recognize Poway High School students who are passionate about their area of study and the community. Todd was as software entrepreneur, public education advocate, committed to improving children's lives, and past School Board President of the Poway Unified School District. Most recently Todd was engaged in a number of leadership roles with various children related non-profit organizations. In particular, much of his time was spent with organizations focused on improving K-12 public education. In his earlier career, he co-founded HNC Software in 1986 to develop products and applications using neural network technology. Using this technology, HNC developed a number of applications in the banking, insurance and telecommunications industries. HNC's first large success was in the area of credit card fraud detection which is able to monitor credit card usage and determine, in near real-time, if there is suspicious or fraudulent activity.

Coach Bob Champion Tribute Scholarship

This scholarship is established by the Poway High Alumni Association and Robert H. Champion for Poway High School students who are passionate about their area of study, the environment, and athletics. Champ began his teaching and coaching career at Poway High in 1972. During his 34 years at PHS, he taught Oceanography, Science and Physics and coached numerous sports including soccer, football, golf, lacrosse and track. He started the soccer program at Poway High and finished his career with 483 victories and three CIF championships. In addition, Coach Champ started and led the Varsity Club at Poway High that helped student-athletes focus on leadership, goals and values. Champ was passionate about the ocean environment and started a club called C.A.R.E.D (Coastal Area Research and Environmental Development) where he led his students on hundreds of field trips to study and measure coastal erosion and change. Champ was also adamant about teamwork throughout the campus and worked hard to promote unity amongst the Emerald Brigade Band and the athletics department. In 2008, Champ was inducted as a Charter member of the San Diego County High School Coaching Legends by the San Diego Hall of Champions. In short, Coach Champion dedicated most of his adult life to the students of Poway High School. He made a positive impact on thousands of lives and this tribute scholarship was set up to continue his strong commitment to education, the environment, athletics, and the Poway High community.

Closed Scholarships

Jason Appel Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established by the Poway High Alumni Association in memory of Poway High graduate Jason Appel who graduated from Poway High in 1989. During his time at PHS, Jason excelled in academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities. But he was more than that: he was the kid that everyone knew and liked; he always had a kind word to say and he always had a smile on his face, In short, Jason Appel made PHS a better place for all. After graduating from PHS, Jason lived his adult life in the same manner: bringing people together and going out of his way to improve the lives of those around him. Tragically, Jason passed away in September 2014. To honor the memory Jason’s life, his family, friends and the Poway High Alumni Association have established the Jason Appel Memorial Scholarship.