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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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3/31/2024 James Beard Foundation Scholarships

Up to $20,000 for aspiring culinary students.

3/31/2024 Maps Credit Union Scholarships

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

3/31/2024 Northwest Community Credit Union Scholarships

Several scholarships for Northwest Community Credit Union members.

3/31/2024 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.

3/31/2024 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.

3/31/2024 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.

3/31/2024 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.

4/1/2024 ABNAO Scholarship

A scholarship for $2000, awarded by ABNAO, for unlicensed nursing students pursuing associate or baccalaureate degrees in nursing.

4/1/2024 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.

4/1/2024 Audria M. Edwards Scholarship

A scholarship for students that identify as LGBTQI+, or have a parent that identifies as LGBTQI+. Must be a resident of Oregon, or Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum counties in Washington, for at least 1 year.

4/1/2024 Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholarship

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

4/1/2024 Diversity in Leadership Scholarship

$10,000 renewable scholarship from the Oregon College Savings Plan for underrepresented and diverse Oregon high school graduates pursuing higher education in Oregon.

4/1/2024 Educational Theatre Association Scholarships

Several scholarships available for students who are members of the International Thespian Society who plan to study theater.

4/1/2024 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

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

4/1/2024 Oregon State Sheriff's Association Scholarship

$1,600 scholarship to Oregon high school seniors or current college students who intend to study law enforcement at a community college or university.

4/2/2024 Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs Fine Arts Scholarship

Scholarship contest in the fine arts and music for Oregon students.

4/5/2024 Cascades East AHEC Scholarships

$1,000 scholarships for students who want to enter a health career and practice in rural Oregon who attended 4 years of school in central Oregon.

4/10/2024 CLEAR Alliance Scholarship

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

4/10/2024 ORABSE Scholarship

A scholarship for students identifying as Black, African-American, of African descent, or African Diaspora, who reside in Oregon and have a 3.0 GPA.

4/10/2024 Trade School Scholarship

Five $1000 scholarships for students who plan to attend trade schools.