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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.

Open to undocumented students
Deadline Scholarship More information
2/16/2025 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarships

$2,500 scholarships for rural youth pursuing higher education.

2/16/2025 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.

2/16/2025 Sister Adele Scholarship

$1,500 to $5,000 for Oregon students of farmworker families.

2/20/2025 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.

2/24/2025 AMS Scholarship for Underserved Communities

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

2/28/2025 College Board Opportunity Scholarship

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

2/28/2025 IHS Scholarship

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

2/28/2025 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.

2/28/2025 Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship open to high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

2/28/2025 TheDream.US National Scholarship

Up to $33,000 a year for four years for undocumented students who are eligible to receive in-state tuition at Western Oregon University.

3/1/2025 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.

3/1/2025 COSA Scholarships

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

3/1/2025 Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

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

3/1/2025 Oregon 4-H Scholarships

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

3/1/2025 Oregon Community Foundation Scholarships

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

3/1/2025 Oregon Seed Council Scholarships

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

3/1/2025 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.

3/1/2025 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.

3/1/2025 Portland Japanese American Community Scholarship

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

3/1/2025 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.