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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.

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Deadline Scholarship More information
3/1/2022 PNACAC Student Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for students who attend a regionally accredited college in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

3/1/2022 Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship open to high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

3/1/2022 Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund

$1,000 renewable scholarship for Latino students living in Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to attend an Oregon college full-time.

3/1/2022 Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college the following fall. Request an application by February 1.

3/1/2022 The Ford Family Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships available to Oregon students and adults that provide 90% of unmet financial need.

3/5/2022 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarships

$2,500 scholarships for rural youth pursuing higher education.

3/7/2022 iQ Credit Union Scholarship

$2,000 scholarships for students that complete two essays.

3/12/2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for 11th and 12th grade students in Oregon for writing a short essay, poem or narrative on promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world.

3/12/2022 Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Up to $2,500 for Native American students pursuing a higher education in natural resources.

3/12/2022 Women at Microsoft Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for high school seniors who identify as women, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and plan to study science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.

3/15/2022 The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation Scholarship

$100,000 in scholarships available with preference for students who have parents that are or were in the U.S. military; with a demonstrated financial need; and/or with parents who did not attend college.

3/15/2022 Red & Gena Leonard Scholarship

Scholarships for students in Eastern Oregon with high financial need, average grades and a desire to work in a trade and attend an Oregon college or trade school.

3/18/2022 Cascades East AHEC Scholarships

$1,000 scholarships for students who want to enter a health career and practice in rural Oregon who attended 4 years of school in central Oregon.

3/19/2022 Black United Fund of Oregon Scholarships

Scholarships for Oregon colleges for students of African-American, African Diaspora, Black, or Afro descent, including full tuition scholarships to Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University, and Reed College.

3/21/2022 Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for students studying culinary arts or food science with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

3/24/2022 Students of Integrity Scholarship

Up to $2,000 from the Better Business Bureau Northwest for students with a 3.0 GPA from the western U.S. for an essay or video.

3/24/2022 Sub Pop Records Scholarship

$15,000 in scholarships for Oregon and Washington seniors who are involved in the creative arts or music.

3/30/2022 Oregon Dove Scholarship

$250 scholarship for a female high school senior in Washington County, Clackamas County, or Clark County areas planning to enter a 4-year college or university.

3/30/2022 Oregon PTA Teacher Education Scholarship

$500 scholarship for students studying teaching at an Oregon public college or university.

3/31/2022 Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

$5,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years for black students with a 3.3 GPA or higher that plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science or related fields