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Scholarships

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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
6/14/2023 Oregon Sports Hall MacTarnahan Scholarship

$3,000 scholarships for student-athletes attending Oregon colleges with a 3.3 GPA or higher.

6/30/2023 Against the Grain Scholarships

Several scholarships for Asian-American students who are artists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and leaders.

6/30/2023 Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for a short essay on the impact of cyberbullying. Open to students in grades 9-12.

6/30/2023 Islamic Society of North America Scholarships

Several scholarships open to Muslim students pursuing higher education.

6/30/2023 Korean American Scholarship Foundation Western Regional Chapter

Scholarships for students of Korean heritage who will be a full-time student in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, or Washington.

6/30/2023 Navigate Your Future Scholarship

$2,500 scholarship offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

7/15/2023 Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship

Up to $2,500 for students to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree.

10/1/2023 NW Fire Diversity Council Scholarship

$650 scholarship for a student who attends an accredited fire or EMS program and plans for a career in these fields.

10/8/2023 The Skanner Foundation Scholarship

Up to $3,000 for a student with a 2.5 GPA who has completed at least 20 hours of community service in the last year.

10/14/2023 National YoungArts Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 for young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

10/15/2023 Evans Scholars Program

Full tuition and housing renewable scholarship at University of Oregon or other select institutions for deserving golf caddies.

10/15/2023 NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

$1,000 scholarships for underrepresented students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to study a STEM field.

10/31/2023 Coca-Cola Scholars

Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who are commited to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

10/31/2023 U.S. Bank Student Scholarship

Up to $20,000 for completing a series of financial education online learning modules.

10/31/2023 Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Up to $35,000 scholarship from the VFW for writing and recording a 3-5 minute broadcast script on a specific theme.

11/14/2023 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Up to $4,000 open to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic/Latino descent who have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and community. DACA students are eligible to apply.

11/15/2023 Act Six Scholarship

A full scholarship to George Fox University for four years for promising urban leaders from Portland or Salem.

11/15/2023 Elks National Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 scholarships for high school students planning to attend a 4-year college.

11/15/2023 National Space Club Keynote Scholarship

$15,000 scholarship and an opportunity to give a keynote address for students who are interested in STEM fields.

11/16/2023 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Up to $55,000 renewable scholarships for high-performing high school seniors with financial need who want to go to the nation's best 4-year colleges and universities.