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Full Tuition Scholarships at Oregon Colleges

Full Tuition Scholarships at Oregon Colleges

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  • Sep 21, 2020
Smiling group of students at the Ford Scholars Leadership Conference

One way to pay for college is by applying for scholarships, which is money that does not have to be paid back. A full scholarship covers tuition and fees, often for more than one year, and may cover other college costs like housing and books. Here are some of the full (or almost full) scholarships available at Oregon colleges:

Western Golf Association: Evans Scholars Foundation

What it covers: Full tuition and housing at University of Oregon or one of 17 other colleges nationwide for up to fours years.
Who's eligible: High-achieving golf caddies with limited financial means.
When applications are due: October 30

The Contingent: Act Six Scholarship

What it covers: Full tuition at Corban University, George Fox University, or Warner Pacific University for four years.
Who's eligible: Students who live in the Portland or Salem area and are leaders in their community.
When applications are due: November 5

University of Oregon: Stamps Scholarship

What it covers: Tuition, fees, room and board for four years for 10 students annually.
Who's eligible: First-time freshman with a minimum 3.85 GPA, 1300 SAT or 28 ACT, as well as demonstrated leadership, perseverence, scholarship, service and innovation.
When applications are due: Submit the UO application by November 1 and complete the Stamps Scholarship application by November 15.

U.S. Military: Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

What it covers: Standard tuition and mandatory fees, renewable for four years at schools with a ROTC program. Some scholarships may cover room and board and/or offer a living expenses stipend as well.
Who's eligible: U.S. citizens between the ages of 17-26 with a high school diploma or equivalent, often with a minimum GPA and ACT or SAT test scores, meets physical standards, and commits to serve in the military after graduation.
When applications are due: Navy/Marines: December 31; Air Force: January 14; Army: February 4

Lewis & Clark College: Barbara Hirschi Neely Scholarship

What it covers: Full tuition, renewable for four years.
Who's eligible: Students of exceptional academic achievement and distinctive personal accomplishment.
When applications are due: Submit the Lewis & Clark application and complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by January 15.

University of Oregon: PathwayOregon

What it covers: Tuition and fees, renewable for four years.
Who's eligible: Oregon residents who have graduated from an Oregon high school in the last two years, minimum 3.40 GPA, eligible for the federal Pell grant, and enrolling as a first-time freshman.
When applications are due: Submit the University of Oregon application by January 15 and the FAFSA by February 15.

Linfield University: Merit Award

What it covers: Half tuition on a no-need basis, to full tuition with sufficient financial need, renewable for four years.
Who's eligible: Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Program, and who list Linfield as their first choice college, and are eligible for a college sponsorship through National Merit.
When applications are due: Submit the Linfield University application by February 1.

Western Oregon University: Pell PLUS Program

What it covers: Standard tuition and mandatory fees, renewable for four years.
Who's eligible: Oregon residents and high school graduates with a 3.40 cumulative unweighted high school GPA, eligible for the federal Pell grant, first-time WOU student who will enroll full-time in the fall.
When applications are due: Submit the FAFSA by February 1 and apply to Western Oregon University.

TheDream.Us: National Scholarship

What it covers: Tuition and fees, renewable for up to four years, up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree per year at Western Oregon University or one of 70 partner colleges nationwide. Some students may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $1,000 per year for books, supplies, and transportation. Students also receive one-on-one and group advising.
Who's eligible: DACA-mented or undocumented students with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
When applications are due: February 28

Black United Fund of Oregon: ACCESS Scholarships

What it covers: $10,000 to full unmet need at Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University, or Reed College. $10,000 - $15,000 renewable scholarships are also available at Linfield University, University of Portland, and Willamette University.
Who's eligible: Varies, minimum 3.0 GPA
When applications are due: March 1

The Ford Family Foundation: Ford Scholars Program

What it covers: 90% of unmet college costs including tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc. Includes academic, emotional and professional guidance and leadership development.
Who's eligible: Residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif. who are graduating high school seniors (or equivalent) or community college students at point of transfer as a junior and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree who plan to enroll full time in the fall in their state of residence (Oregon or Calif.), and who have NOT already started full-time at a 4-year college. Adult learners and single parents are also eligible for other scholarships.
When applications are due: March 1

Portland State University: Four Years Free

What it covers: Standard tuition and mandatory fees, renewable for four years.
Who's eligible: Oregon residents and high school graduates with a 3.20 cumulative unweighted high school GPA, eligible for the federal Pell grant, first-time PSU student who will enroll full-time in the fall.
When applications are due: Submit the Portland State University application and the FAFSA by May 1.

Oregon Promise

What it covers: The majority of tuition and fees at any Oregon community college. Note: Oregon Promise is a grant program, but like a scholarship, it does not need to be paid back.
Who's eligible: A recent Oregon high school graduate or GED recipient with a 2.50 GPA who has lived in the state for at least 12 months and has less than 90 college credits. An Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) limit may also apply.
When applications are due: For most students, submit the FAFSA or ORSAA as well as the Oregon Promise application by June 1.