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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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4/1/2022 Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

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

4/5/2022 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.

4/10/2022 Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs Fine Arts Scholarship

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

4/15/2022 Abby's Closet Dreams Scholarship

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

4/15/2022 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.

4/15/2022 HOSA Scholarship

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

4/15/2022 Marine Technology Society Scholarship

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

4/30/2022 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for academically talented and highly motivated African-American or black students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate degrees.

4/30/2022 Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund

$2,000 need-based scholarships to undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities.

4/30/2022 ScholarSHPE

$5,000 scholarships from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for Latino students interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field.

4/30/2022 Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

Jay-Z wants to give you money for college! Students who have at least a 2.0 are eligible to apply.

5/1/2022 ACF Visionary Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship for students who complete an essay on why college is important to them. Open to all high school students.

5/1/2022 Casey Family Programs Continuing Job Education and Training Scholarship

Scholarships for students who have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Programs.

5/1/2022 LKS Scholarship

Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, live in Marion, Linn, Benton, or Lane counties, and plan to attend an Oregon college.

5/1/2022 Oregon State Sheriff's Association Scholarship

$1,600 scholarship to Oregon high school seniors or current college students who intend to study law enforcement at a community college or university.

5/1/2022 Renaissance Scholars Program

Up to $4,000 annually, renewable for four years, for first-generation college students in Oregon with a 3.0 GPA and financial need.

5/3/2022 Oregon Small Schools Association Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for students who attend an Oregon small school district (OSAA 1-A, 2-A, 3-A) with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

5/4/2022 Point Community College Scholarship

Scholarship for LGBTQ+ students who will attend a community college with the intention of enrolling in a 4-year college or university.

5/6/2022 NURSE Corps Scholarship

Funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working as a nurse at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility for two years upon graduation.

5/15/2022 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

$2,500 scholarships for Oregon high school seniors planning to major or minor in music.