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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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4/27/2025 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.

4/27/2025 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.

4/28/2025 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.

4/28/2025 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.

4/30/2025 Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund

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

4/30/2025 OnPoint Community Credit Union Scholar Program

Up to $10,000 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.

4/30/2025 OWRF Scholarship

$3000-$10,000 for students with an interest in pursuing a career related to water, agriculture and/or natural resources.

4/30/2025 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.

5/1/2025 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.

5/1/2025 Generation Google Scholarship

$10,000 scholarship for underrepresented students who are interested in computer science. Current high school seniors will be required to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute.

5/3/2025 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.

5/4/2025 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.

5/17/2025 Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation

$500 - $3,000 scholarships for Oregon students of Chinese ancestry with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

5/24/2025 Beans for Brains Scholarship

$2000 scholarships for students who have a 3.0 GPA and who know how to knit, crochet or weave.

5/31/2025 Against the Grain Scholarships

Several scholarships for Asian-American students who are artists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and leaders.

5/31/2025 Full Circle Scholarship

Scholarships for American Indian students with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

6/1/2025 ACF Visionary Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship for students who complete an essay on why college is important to them. Open to all high school students.

6/1/2025 American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

Scholarships for undergraduate students including AS, BA and BS degrees in all majors, with special scholarships for STEM majors.

6/1/2025 Women in HVACR Scholarship

$2,000 scholarships for women preparing to enter the HVACR industry.

6/15/2025 Oregon Sports Hall MacTarnahan Scholarship

$3,000 scholarships for student-athletes attending Oregon colleges with a 3.3 GPA or higher.