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.

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


Organization Scholarship Application Dates Eligibility
Stand for Children Due September 15 Minimum 3.0 GPA
The Skanner Foundation Due October 15 Minimum 2.5 GPA, 20+ hours of community service
Western Golf Association Due October 30 Golf caddies who attend UO or other partner schools
Act Six Due December 1 Lives in Portland or Salem area
Kaiser Permanente Due December 30 Interested in healthcare careers
Pride Foundation Due January 8 LGBTQ+
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
Oregon Trail Electric Co-op Due February 1 Baker, Grant, Harney, Union counties; trade school/lineman scholarships open year-round
Oregon Wheat Foundation Due February 1 Family is employed by or a member of the Wheat Growers League
The Renaissance Foundation Due February 1 First in their family to go to college, minimum 3.0 GPA
Volunteers of America Oregon Due February 1 Impacted by addiction and poverty
CASA of Oregon Due February 5 Farmworker/agriculture background
Willamette Valley Society of Women Engineers Due February 10 Females planning to study engineering from Willamette Valley or central coast
Grieg Lodge Due February 11 Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, or Yamhill counties
Oregon Music Hall of Fame Due February 14 Planning to major or minor in music
Hillsboro Hops Due February 28 Portland-metro area students who will be the first in their family to go to college
Mente Summit Due February 28 Latinx males
TheDream.Us National Scholarship Due Feburary 28 Undocumented students who attend WOU or another partner college
Colleges That Change Lives Due March 1 Attend Reed College, Willamette University or another partner college
Harrington Family Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon 4-H Due March 1 Participated in 4-H for 3+ years, including current year
Oregon Community Foundation Due March 1 Varies
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1 Jewish residents of Oregon with financial need
Oregon Seed Council Due March 1 Have a connection to the seed industry
Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) Due March 1 Varies, 600+ scholarships with one application
PNACAC Due March 1 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due March 1 Latino/Hispanic students living in southern Oregon
The Ford Family Foundation Due March 1  
Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Due March 2 Varies
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Due March 12 BIPOC 11th and 12th graders
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15 Eastern Oregon high schools
Black United Fund of Oregon Due March 19 Black, African-American and/or of African descent
Sub Pop Due March 19 Interested in music/creative arts
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
Better Business Bureau Northwest Due March 23 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Zeta Phi Beta Due March 30 Female student in Washington, Clackamas, or Multnomah counties
Oregon PTA Due March 30 Studying teaching at an Oregon public college
CLEAR Alliance Due March 31 Alcohol and drug-free
Education Northwest Due March 31 Tribal members in the Northwest pursuing a master’s degree in education
Maps Credit Union Due March 31 Varies
SELCO Community Credit Union Due March 31 Member or family of a member; 3.5 GPA
Associated Oregon Loggers Due April 1 Attending 4-year college of forestry
Chinese American Citizens Alliance - Portland Lodge Due April 1 Attending an Oregon college, studying medicine, or fine arts
Incight Due April 1 Students with disabilities
Northwest Community Credit Union Due April 1 Member of Northwest Community Credit Union
Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Due April 1 Student-athletes who are children of OACA members
Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs Due April 1 Contest for fine arts and music
Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Due April 1 Studying forestry or related programs
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1  
Abby's Closet Due April 16 Female high school seniors in Oregon or Washington
Larry K. Sharpf Foundation Due May 1 Marion, Linn, Benton, or Lane counties, minimum 3.0 GPA
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Due May 1 Studying law enforcement
The Renaissance Foundation Due May 1 First in their family to go to college, minimum 3.0 GPA
Lodgepole Dodgers Snowmobile Club Due May 3 E-mail LPDSC72@outlook.com for an application
Oregon Small Schools Association (OSSA) Due May 3 Attends a small school district (OSAA 1-A, 2-A, 3-A)
Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation Due May 15 Chinese ancestry
OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union Due May 30 Varsity student-athletes with a minimum 3.50 GPA
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Due June 14 Student-athletes attending Oregon colleges
Korean American Scholarship Foundation Western Regional Chapter Due June 30 Students with Korean heritage and a minimum 3.0 GPA
Check with your high school counselor or college/career center for local or school-based scholarships.






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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
United Negro College Fund Deadlines vary
Scholarships A-Z Deadlines vary; lists scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship