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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
4/5/2024 Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships

$2,500 renewable scholarships for graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education.

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.

4/15/2024 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

$10,000 for outstanding young leaders (ages 8-18) who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment.

4/15/2024 HOSA Scholarship

$1,000 scholarships for future health professionals who are members of HOSA.

4/15/2024 INCIGHT Scholarship

Up to $2,500 for students with disabilities who are residents of Oregon, Washington or California, who have given back to the community and overcame obstacles in order to pursue higher education.

4/15/2024 Marine Technology Society Scholarship

Scholarships for students who are members of the Marine Technology Society and studying marine-related programs.

4/15/2024 Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarship

Several scholarships available for Oregon students who plan to study horticulture, landscape architecture or related fields.

4/15/2024 Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship for students studying forest engineering, forestry, heavy equipment /diesel mechanics, welding or other forestry related area of study.

4/15/2024 Trade School Scholarship

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

4/20/2024 Local Grown Scholarship in Partnership with Our Streets

$1,000 scholarships for Oregon students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

4/28/2024 Charles Jordan Legacy Community Service Scholarship

For students identifying as Black, African-American, or of African descent that are attending a private high school in the Portland metro area and are involved in community service.

4/28/2024 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships for academically talented and highly motivated African-American or black students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate degrees.

4/28/2024 Daniel Smith Special Education Scholarship

A scholarship for students that identify as African American, African Diaspora, Black, or Afro Descent, are an Oregon resident attending an Oregon college, and are seeking to gain an endorsement in Special Education.

4/30/2024 Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund

$2,000 need-based scholarships to undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities.

4/30/2024 OnPoint Community Credit Union Scholar Program

Up to $5,000 for Oregon students who have a 3.50 or higher GPA and earned a varsity letter in an OSAA-sanctioned sport or competed in an OSAA-sanctioned activity.

4/30/2024 Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

Jay-Z wants to give you money for college! Students who have at least a 2.0 are eligible to apply.

5/1/2024 Bailey Passion Scholarship

A scholarship for Portland Public School seniors, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, that have a clear and proven passion and are looking to positively impact the world.

5/4/2024 NURSE Corps Scholarship

Funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working as a nurse at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility for two years upon graduation.

5/5/2024 LKS Scholarship

Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA, live in Marion, Linn, Benton, or Lane counties, and plan to attend an Oregon college.

5/15/2024 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

$2,500 scholarships for Oregon high school seniors planning to major or minor in music.