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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
3/1/2024 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.

3/5/2024 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarships

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

3/5/2024 Portland Japanese American Community Scholarship

Multiple scholarships available for students with Japanese ancestry who live in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

3/8/2024 Future Connect Scholarship

A scholarship and support program for first-generation or low-income students graduating from high school in Multnomah County, the Hillsboro School District, or the Beaverton School District.

3/10/2024 Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship

$5,000 renewable four-year scholarship for Oregon high school seniors who are emerging leaders, and plan to attend an Oregon college.

3/12/2024 Truman D. Picard Scholarship

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

3/15/2024 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

3/15/2024 Horatio Alger Scholarship

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

3/15/2024 Oregon ACTE Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships for Oregon students heading into (or already enrolled in) a trade or CTE related program.

3/15/2024 Point BIPOC Scholarship

Scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students who identify as LGBTQ.

3/15/2024 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.

3/17/2024 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.

3/17/2024 Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Scholarships

Several scholarships for student-athletes in Oregon.

3/18/2024 Greenfield Peace Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for 11th and 12th grade students in Oregon for submitting a video of an original poem, song or rap about alternative ways to spend the US military budget.

3/19/2024 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.

3/23/2024 Sub Pop Records Scholarship

Three $6,000 scholarships for Oregon and Washington seniors who are involved in the creative arts or music.

3/24/2024 Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship

$1,000 renewable scholarship for up to four years at select member colleges including Reed College and Willamette University in Oregon.

3/24/2024 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.

3/31/2024 CLEAR Alliance Scholarship

$500 for an alcohol and drug-free graduating high school student who is pursuing higher education in Oregon.

3/31/2024 Foster Care to Success Scholarship

Up to $5,000 for students in the foster care system, renewable for up to five years.