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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
5/24/2024 Beans for Brains Scholarship

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

5/31/2024 Against the Grain Scholarships

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

5/31/2024 Full Circle Scholarship

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

6/1/2024 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.

6/1/2024 American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

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

6/1/2024 Women in HVACR Scholarship

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

6/14/2024 Oregon Sports Hall MacTarnahan Scholarship

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

6/15/2024 Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship

Up to $2,500 for students to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree.

6/30/2024 Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for a short essay on the impact of cyberbullying. Open to students in grades 9-12.

6/30/2024 Islamic Society of North America Scholarships

Several scholarships open to Muslim students pursuing higher education.

6/30/2024 Korean American Scholarship Foundation Western Regional Chapter

Scholarships for students of Korean heritage who will be a full-time student in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, or Washington.

6/30/2024 Navigate Your Future Scholarship

$2,500 scholarship offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

9/1/2024 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

$10,000 renewable scholarship for high school seniors who have completed a computer science course in high school and plan to major in a computer related field of study.

9/8/2024 Cameron Impact Scholarship

Full-tuition, renewable scholarship for exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

9/15/2024 Beat the Odds Scholarship

$4,000 renewable scholarships from Stand for Children for Oregon high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA who are overcoming adversity and succeeding in school.

9/15/2024 The Gates Scholarship

Full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors with a minimum 3.3 GPA.

9/16/2024 Golden Door Scholars

Full, renewable scholarships for undocumented or DACA-mented students attending partner colleges.

9/26/2024 QuestBridge National College Match

Full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges for outstanding low-income high school seniors.

9/30/2024 Path to Pro Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship for students attending an approved trade-related program (Carpentry, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing or Construction Management) at an accredited two-year school.

10/1/2024 McDonald's HACER Scholarship

Up to $25,000 renewable scholarships for high school seniors of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 2.8 GPA.