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. Use our It’s A Plan Google Doc workbook or app to keep track of scholarships you're eligible for.

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.


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 Dates
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
Going Merry 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
United Negro College Fund 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



Organization Scholarship Application Dates Eligibility
Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) Opens November 1; Due March 1 (Early Bird - February 15)  
Stand for Children Due September 16 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Act Six Due November 5 Lives in Portland or Salem area
Pride Foundation Due January 11  
Benton Community Foundation Due January 13 Benton county high schools
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Due January 31 Hispanic ancestry, minimum 3.0 GPA
Oregon FFA Due January 31 Participation in FFA
PACE Due January 31  
Mente Summit Due January 31 Latinx males
Oregon Trail Electric Co-op Due February 1 Baker, Grant, Harney, Union counties
Grieg Lodge Due February 15 Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, or Yamhill counties
Harrington Family Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon 4-H Due March 1 Participated in 4-H for 3+ years, including current year
Oregon Collectors Association Due March 1 Children or grandchildren of members of OCA
Oregon Community Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1 Jewish residents of Oregon with financial need
Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due March 1 Latino/Hispanic students living in southern Oregon
Black United Fund of Oregon Due March 1  
Oregon Music Hall of Fame Due March 1 Planning to major or minor in music
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Due March 4  
CASA of Oregon Due March 5 Farmworker/agriculture background
Zeta Phi Beta Due March 6 Female student in Washington, Clackamas, or Multnomah counties
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15 Eastern Oregon high schools
Cascades East AHEC Due March 21 Attended 4 years of school in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Lake, Grant, Harney, Klamath counties or the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Oregon PTA Due March 30 Studying teaching at an Oregon public college
Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Due April 1 Student-athletes who are children of OACA members
Associated Oregon Loggers Due April 1 Attending 4-year college of forestry
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1  
Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation Due May 15 Chinese ancestry
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Due June 14 Student-athletes attending Oregon colleges
Check with your high school counselor or college/career center for local or school-based scholarships.