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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
2/28/2023 Benton Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships open to students who graduate from Benton county high schools.

2/28/2023 College Board Opportunity Scholarship

Juniors and seniors can complete steps towards their college goals and be entered to win scholarships.

2/28/2023 Dream Big Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for students in the Portland metro area who will be the first in their family to go to college and have at least a 2.5 GPA.

2/28/2023 IHS Scholarship

Scholarships for Native American students who plan to enter or are pursuing degrees in the health profession.

2/28/2023 The Maude and Alexander Hadden Scholarship

Up to $5,000 renewable scholarship for low-income high school seniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher who are planning to attend college.

3/1/2023 ACS Scholars Program

Up to $5,000 renewable scholarship for students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers.

3/1/2023 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.

3/1/2023 COSA Scholarships

$1,000 scholarships for Oregon high school seniors who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college.

3/1/2023 Diversity in Leadership Scholarship

$10,000 renewable scholarship from the Oregon College Savings Plan for underrepresented and diverse Oregon high school graduates pursuing higher education in Oregon.

3/1/2023 Microsoft Disability Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for students living with a disability who plan to have a career in the technology industry.

3/1/2023 Oregon 4-H Scholarships

Scholarships for Oregon students who have participated in 4-H programs for at least three years, including the current year.

3/1/2023 Oregon Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships open to Oregon students; see website for additional details.

3/1/2023 Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship

$4,000 renewable four-year scholarship for Oregon high school seniors who are emerging leaders, and plan to attend an Oregon college.

3/1/2023 Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for Jewish residents of Oregon that demonstrate financial need.

3/1/2023 Oregon Seed Council Scholarships

A scholarship for any college-bound student who has had a connection to Oregon’s seed industry.

3/1/2023 OSAC Scholarships

Over 600 scholarships for Oregon students with one application. Submit by the early bird deadline of February 15 for a chance to win an additional scholarship.

3/1/2023 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.

3/1/2023 Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship

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

3/1/2023 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.

3/1/2023 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.