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

What are scholarships

A college scholarship is money for college expenses that does not have to be paid back. You can get a scholarship for different reasons: good grades or test scores, a special talent like in music or sports, or a specific characteristic.

Scholarships may range from a few hundred dollars up to the full cost of attendance. You may have to use a scholarship at a specific college or it may be "portable," meaning that you can use the funds at any college.

How to apply for scholarships

Search for scholarships

  • Pay attention to requirements. Only apply for scholarships you are eligible for. Many scholarship search engines let you filter by specific criteria.
  • Focus locally. The more local the scholarship, the more likely you are to win! Check in with your high school's counseling office or college & career center, explore the OSAC scholarship catalog, and use our calendar of Oregon scholarships.
  • Look at your college. Some colleges award scholarships automatically. Others need an extra application.
  • Search nationally. There are many free websites to search for scholarships. For those that need a log in, be aware that they may sell your information.

Stay organized

  • Make a list. Keep track of scholarships and deadlines.
  • Plan ahead. Some scholarships ask for essays, letters of recommendation, or other information from you or your school.
  • Treat it like a part-time job. Set aside time each week and apply to as many scholarships as you can!
  • Start now. Many scholarships are open to younger students.

Make a copy of our Google Docs template and keep track of scholarships that you want to apply to.

Scholarship calendar

Find Oregon and national scholarships with upcoming deadlines. You can filter results to find ones that fit your needs.

Scholarship deadlines and details are subject to change. Check each scholarship website for the most up-to-date information.

Open to undocumented students
Deadline Scholarship More information
9/10/2022 Cameron Impact Scholarship

Full-tuition, renewable scholarship for exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

9/15/2022 Beat the Odds Scholarship

$4,000 renewable scholarships from Stand for Children for Oregon high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA who are overcoming adversity and succeeding in school.

9/15/2022 The Gates Scholarship

Full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

9/16/2022 Golden Door Scholars

Full, renewable scholarships for undocumented or DACA-mented students attending partner colleges.

9/30/2022 QuestBridge National College Match

Full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges for outstanding low-income high school seniors.

10/1/2022 NW Fire Diversity Council Scholarship

$650 scholarship for a student who attends an accredited fire or EMS program and plans for a career in these fields.

10/8/2022 The Skanner Foundation Scholarship

Up to $3,000 for a student with a 2.5 GPA who has completed at least 20 hours of community service in the last year.

10/15/2022 National Space Club Olin Teague Scholarship

$4,000 scholarship open to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in the aerospace fields.

10/15/2022 National YoungArts Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 for young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

10/15/2022 NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

$1,000 scholarships for underrepresented students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to study a STEM field.

10/25/2022 Horatio Alger Scholarship

$10,000 - $25,000 scholarship for high school juniors who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.

10/30/2022 Evans Scholars Program

Full tuition and housing renewable scholarship at University of Oregon or other select institutions for deserving golf caddies.

10/30/2022 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Up to $55,000 renewable scholarships for high-performing high school seniors with financial need who want to go to the nation's best 4-year colleges and universities.

10/31/2022 #WeBelongInCollege Scholarship

Up to $2,500 from Get Schooled for creating a short video of your story of struggle and perseverance.

10/31/2022 Coca-Cola Scholars

Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who are commited to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

10/31/2022 U.S. Bank Student Scholarship

Up to $20,000 for completing a series of financial education online learning modules.

10/31/2022 Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Up to $30,000 scholarship from the VFW for writing and recording a 3-5 minute broadcast script on a specific theme.

11/14/2022 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Up to $3,000 open to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic/Latino descent who have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and community. DACA students are eligible to apply.

11/15/2022 Elks National Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 scholarships for high school students planning to attend a 4-year college.

11/30/2022 Act Six Scholarship

A full scholarship to George Fox University or Corban University for four years for promising urban leaders from Portland or Salem.