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Scholarships are free money for college! Apply to as many as possible that you are eligible for.

A college scholarship is money for college expenses that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships are awarded to students for different reasons including things like academic achievement, a special talent, or a specific characteristic. They may range from a few hundred dollars up to the full cost of attendance. Scholarships may be awarded for use at a specific college (institutional scholarships), or they may be "portable," meaning that students can use the funds at any college they choose to attend.

Browse the tables below for general scholarship applications (like the OSAC scholarship that allows Oregon students to apply to more than 500 scholarships using just one form) and search engines as well as scholarships from each of Oregon's public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

At a minimum, high school seniors and current college students should complete the OSAC scholarship application and apply for any institutional scholarships for which they are eligible. Of course, the more scholarships you apply for, the more money you'll be eligible to earn, so apply to as many scholarships as you can! Many scholarships are open to younger students as well, so it's not too early to get started applying now.

SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Note: Many scholarship search engines offer or require free accounts to personalize your results. Signing up for an account means your contact information may be shared with colleges and other third parties. You should not have to pay for scholarship search results.
Resource Scholarship Application Open/Due
Oregon GEAR UP Scholarship Calendar Deadlines vary
Oregon CIS Financial Aid Sort Deadlines vary; available for schools with a subscription
Career OneStop Deadlines vary
FastWeb Deadlines vary
Big Future/College Board Deadlines vary
Unigo Deadlines vary
Cappex Deadlines vary
Chegg Deadlines vary
Scholarships.com Deadlines vary
Scholarship Monkey Deadlines vary
DREAMer's Roadmap Deadlines vary; lists scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship
Scholarships A-Z Deadlines vary; lists scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship

 

OREGON SCHOLARSHIPS

Organization Scholarship Application Open/Due
Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) November 1 - March 1 (Early Bird - February 15)
Pride Foundation Due January 12
Zeta Phi Beta Due January 26
Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due January 28
Black United Fund of Oregon Due January 29
Grieg Lodge Due February 15
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15
Benton Community Foundation Due March 27
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1
Harrington Family Foundation Due April 2
Stand for Children Due September 12
Check with your high school counselor or college/career center for local or school-based scholarships.

 

OREGON'S PUBLIC COMMUNITY COLLEGES: SCHOLARSHIPS

School Scholarship Application Open/Due
Blue Mountain Community College  
Central Oregon Community College December 15 - July 15
Chemeketa Community College February 1 - March 31
Clackamas Community College Due March 30
Clatsop Community College Due October 30
Columbia Gorge Community College Opens in January
Klamath Community College Due October 16
Lane Community College January - March
Linn-Benton Community College Due April 15
Mt. Hood Community College Deadlines vary
Oregon Coast Community College April 1 - May 1
Portland Community College December 1 - March 1
Rogue Community College January 4 - March 8
Southwestern Oregon Community College Opens December 1
Tillamook Bay Community College Opens in March
Treasure Valley Community College Due March 15
Umpqua Community College  

 

OREGON'S PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES: SCHOLARSHIPS

School Scholarship Application Open/Due
Eastern Oregon University October 1 - February 1
Oregon Institute of Technology Deadlines vary; apply by March 1 for full consideration
Oregon State University March 1
Portland State University mid-October - February 1
Southern Oregon University March 1
University of Oregon Deadlines vary; many scholarships due February 15
Western Oregon University February 26

 

OREGON'S INDEPENDENT, NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNIVERSITIES: SCHOLARSHIPS

School Scholarship Application Open/Due
Concordia University Scholarships awarded automatically; leadership scholarship due February 17
Corban University Scholarships awarded automatically; others due February 15
George Fox University Scholarships awarded automatically; scholarship competition deadline November 15
Lewis & Clark College Scholarships awarded automatically; complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by February 15
Linfield College Scholarships awarded automatically; apply by February 15
Marylhurst University Scholarships awarded automatically; dates vary for other opportunities
Multnomah University April 1 and August 1
Northwest Christian University Scholarships awarded automatically; Cockerline Memorial Scholarship due March 1
Oregon College of Art and Craft Scholarships awarded automatically
Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships awarded automatically if you apply by February 15
Pacific University Many scholarships awarded automatically; other deadlines vary
Portland Actors Conservatory August 1; complete FAFSA prior to submission
Reed College Scholarships awarded automatically; complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by February 1
University of Portland Scholarships awarded automatically
Warner Pacific College Many scholarships awarded automatically; scholarship competition deadline February 2
Willamette University Scholarships awarded automatically

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