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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.

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12/15/2022 Burger King Scholars Program

$1,000 to $50,000 scholarships based on grade point average, work experience, extracurricular activities and/or community service.

12/31/2022 #TransgenderFirst Scholarship

$2,500 scholarship for students who identify as transgender.

12/31/2022 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

$20,000 for excellence in school, on a sports team, and in the community.

1/8/2023 Pride Foundation Scholarship

60+ scholarships with one application for current and future leaders in the LGBTQ+ community facing significant barriers and from or studying in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

1/14/2023 APIA Scholarship

Up to $20,000 in scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander students with a 2.7 GPA or higher who will be the first in their families to attend college.

1/14/2023 FFA Scholarships

Over $2 million in scholarships given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.

1/15/2023 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Up to $10,000 for an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Open to students in grades 9-12.

1/20/2023 Live Más Scholarship

Up to $25,000 from the Taco Bell Foundation for creating a 2-minute video that tells the story of your life's passion.

1/25/2023 Point Foundation Scholarship

$25,000 renewable scholarship for promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential despite obstacles.

1/31/2023 Hispanic Chamber Latino Scholarship

Scholarships for Hispanic students in Oregon with a 3.0 GPA or higher who will attend higher education.

1/31/2023 Mente Summit Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for Latinx males who live in Oregon.

1/31/2023 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship

Full tuition and fees as well as a stipend for students interested in serving as a Naval Reserve Officer.

1/31/2023 Oregon FFA Scholarships

Several scholarships for Oregon students who participated in FFA.

1/31/2023 Oregon Trail Electric Co-op Scholarship

$5,000 scholarships for students from Baker, Grant, Harney, or Union counties. Scholarships for trade schools and lineman school are open year-round.

2/1/2023 Al Forthan Scholarship

Up to $10,000 for high school seniors in Oregon who have been impacted by addiction and poverty.

2/1/2023 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

$6,000 renewable scholarship for minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

2/1/2023 Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship

$1,500 scholarships for seniors who are connected to or employed by the Oregon Wheat Growers League.

2/9/2023 Davidson Fellows

Up to $50,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

2/10/2023 Grieg Lodge Scholarship

$2,000 scholarships for students in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill and Columbia counties with a connection to or interest in Scandinavian heritage.

2/10/2023 Willamette Valley Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Scholarships for females with a 3.0 GPA or higher planning to study engineering from the Willamette Valley or central coast.