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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
3/21/2023 Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

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

3/21/2023 Sub Pop Records Scholarship

Three $6,000 scholarships for Oregon and Washington seniors who are involved in the creative arts or music.

3/24/2023 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.

3/24/2023 Students of Integrity Scholarship

Up to $2,000 from the Better Business Bureau Northwest for students with a 3.0 GPA from the western U.S. for an essay or video.

3/31/2023 CLEAR Alliance Scholarship

$500 for an alcohol and drug-free graduating high school student who is pursuing higher education in Oregon.

3/31/2023 Foster Care to Success Scholarship

Up to $5,000 for students in the foster care system, renewable for up to five years.

3/31/2023 Houzz Scholarships

$2,500 scholarships for students 17 years of age or older currently enrolled or plan to enroll in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, or architectural engineering programs in the U.S.

3/31/2023 iQ Credit Union Scholarship

$4,000 scholarships for students that complete two essays.

3/31/2023 James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Up to $20,000 for aspiring culinary students.

3/31/2023 Jazz Education Network Scholarships

$1,000 - $3,000 scholarships open to high school and college students with talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education.

3/31/2023 LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Up to $2,000 scholarships for underserved youth, especially Latino students.

3/31/2023 Maps Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for students residing in or graduating from Polk or Marion county schools.

3/31/2023 Northwest Community Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for Northwest Community Credit Union members.

3/31/2023 Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship

Up to $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing at trade, technical, community or 4-year colleges.

3/31/2023 Oregon Dove Scholarship

$250 scholarship for a female high school senior in Washington County, Clackamas County, or Clark County areas planning to enter a 4-year college or university.

3/31/2023 Oregon PTA Teacher Education Scholarship

$500 scholarship for students studying teaching at an Oregon public college or university.

3/31/2023 Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

Up to $8,000 over six years for high school seniors with at least one parent or legal guardian who is a member of the American Federation of Teachers.

3/31/2023 SELCO Community Credit Union Scholarships

$2.500 scholarship for a SELCO member or the immediate family member of a SELCO member who has a 3.5 GPA or higher.

4/1/2023 Associated Oregon Loggers Scholarship

$1,500 renewable scholarships for high school seniors and current college students seeking a degree from a four-year college of forestry.

4/1/2023 Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholarship

Up to $4,000 for Oregon students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.