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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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3/31/2023 Maps Credit Union Scholarships

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

3/31/2023 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.

3/31/2023 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.

4/1/2023 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.

4/1/2023 Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholarship

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

4/1/2023 Educational Theatre Association Scholarships

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

4/1/2023 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.

4/1/2023 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.

4/1/2023 James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Up to $20,000 for aspiring culinary students.

4/1/2023 Linda C. Eby Scholarship

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

4/1/2023 Northwest Community Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for Northwest Community Credit Union members.

4/1/2023 Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarship

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

4/1/2023 Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Scholarships

Several scholarships for student-athletes in Oregon.

4/1/2023 Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship for students studying forest engineering, forestry, heavy equipment /diesel mechanics, welding or other forestry related area of study.

4/5/2023 Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

$2,500 renewable scholarships for graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education.

4/10/2023 Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs Fine Arts Scholarship

Scholarship contest in the fine arts and music for Oregon students.

4/15/2023 Abby's Closet Dreams Scholarship

Scholarship for female high school seniors who reside in Oregon or Washington with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

4/15/2023 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

$10,000 for outstanding young leaders (ages 8-18) who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

4/15/2023 HOSA Scholarship

$1,000 scholarships for future health professionals who are members of HOSA.

4/15/2023 Marine Technology Society Scholarship

Scholarships for students who are members of the Marine Technology Society and studying marine-related programs.