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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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Deadline Scholarship More information
2/1/2024 Al Forthan Scholarship

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

2/1/2024 Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship

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

2/9/2024 Davidson Fellows

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

2/10/2024 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.

2/10/2024 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.

2/12/2024 AMS Minority Scholarship

$3,000 scholarship renewable for two years for minority students studying atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

2/14/2024 AOPA Flight Training Scholarship

$2,500 to $14,000 for primary flight training, advanced ratings/certificates, and aviation maintenance.

2/14/2024 Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Over 140 different scholarship programs with one general scholarship application for Hispanic students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. DACA students are eligible.

2/15/2024 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.

2/18/2024 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

$10,000 renewable scholarship for high school seniors who have completed a computer science course in high school and plan to major in a computer related field of study.

2/20/2024 Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Up to $10,000 for applicants that show compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

2/24/2024 The Coolidge Scholarship

Full tuition, renewable scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses. Students must apply during their junior year of high school.

2/25/2024 Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for students studying culinary arts or food science with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

2/28/2024 Benton Community Foundation Scholarships

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

2/28/2024 College Board Opportunity Scholarship

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

2/28/2024 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.

2/28/2024 IHS Scholarship

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

2/28/2024 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.

3/1/2024 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.

3/1/2024 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.