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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
3/31/2022 CLEAR Alliance Scholarship

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

3/31/2022 EEqual Scholarship

Up to $2,000 for students experiences homelessness or housing insecurity.

3/31/2022 Foster Care to Success Scholarship

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

3/31/2022 Houzz Scholarships

$2,500 scholarships for students 17 years of age or older currently enrolled or plan to enroll in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, or architectural engineering programs in the U.S.

3/31/2022 Jazz Education Network Scholarships

$1,000 - $3,000 scholarships open to high school and college students with talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education.

3/31/2022 LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Up to $2,000 scholarships for underserved youth, especially Latino students.

3/31/2022 Maps Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for students residing in or graduating from Polk or Marion county schools.

3/31/2022 Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship

Up to $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing at trade, technical, community or 4-year colleges.

3/31/2022 Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

Up to $8,000 over six years for high school seniors with at least one parent or legal guardian who is a member of the American Federation of Teachers.

3/31/2022 SELCO Community Credit Union Scholarships

$2.500 scholarship for a SELCO member or the immediate family member of a SELCO member who has a 3.5 GPA or higher.

4/1/2022 Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship

$1,500 renewable scholarships for high school seniors and current college students seeking a degree from a four-year college of forestry.

4/1/2022 Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholarship

Up to $4,000 for Oregon students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

4/1/2022 Educational Theatre Association Scholarships

Several scholarships available for students who are members of the International Thespian Society who plan to study theater.

4/1/2022 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.

4/1/2022 INCIGHT Scholarship

Up to $2,500 for students with disabilities who are residents of Oregon, Washington or California, who have given back to the community and overcame obstacles in order to pursue higher education.

4/1/2022 James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Up to $20,000 for aspiring culinary students.

4/1/2022 Linda C. Eby Scholarship

Up to $3,000 for Oregon students who share how a counselor has made a difference in their lives.

4/1/2022 Northwest Community Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for Northwest Community Credit Union members.

4/1/2022 Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarship

Several scholarships available for Oregon students who plan to study horticulture, landscape architecture or related fields.

4/1/2022 Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Scholarships

Several scholarships for student-athletes in Oregon.