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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
2/29/2024 National Scholarship

A scholarship for undocumented students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be planning to attend a Partner College in Oregon--Western Oregon University or Portland State University.

3/1/2024 #WeBelongInCollege Scholarship

Up to $2,500 from Get Schooled for creating a short video of your story of struggle and perseverance.

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 COSA Scholarships

$1,000 scholarships for Oregon high school seniors who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college.

3/1/2024 Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

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

3/1/2024 Oregon 4-H Scholarships

Scholarships for Oregon students who have participated in 4-H programs for at least three years, including the current year.

3/1/2024 Oregon Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships open to Oregon students; see website for additional details.

3/1/2024 Oregon Seed Council Scholarships

A scholarship for any college-bound student who has had a connection to Oregon’s seed industry.

3/1/2024 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.

3/1/2024 OSAC Scholarships

Over 600 scholarships for Oregon students with one application. Submit by the early bird deadline of February 15 for a chance to win an additional scholarship.

3/1/2024 Portland Japanese American Community Scholarship

Multiple scholarships available for students with Japanese ancestry who live in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.

3/1/2024 Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund

$1,000 renewable scholarship for Latino students living in Jackson, Josephine or Klamath counties with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to attend an Oregon college full-time.

3/1/2024 Tall Clubs International Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college the following fall. Request an application by March 1.

3/1/2024 The Ford Family Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships available to Oregon students and adults that provide 90% of unmet financial need.

3/8/2024 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.

3/10/2024 Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship

$5,000 renewable four-year scholarship for Oregon high school seniors who are emerging leaders, and plan to attend an Oregon college.

3/13/2024 Microsoft Disability Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for students living with a disability who plan to have a career in the technology industry.

3/13/2024 Women at Microsoft Scholarship

$5,000 renewable scholarship for high school seniors who identify as women, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and plan to study science, technology, engineering, arts, or math.

3/15/2024 Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

$5,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years for black students with a 3.3 GPA or higher that plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science or related fields

3/15/2024 Horatio Alger Scholarship

$10,000 - $25,000 scholarship for high school juniors who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.