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Scholarships

Scholarships are free money for college! Apply to as many as possible that you are eligible for.

A college scholarship is money for college expenses that does not have to be paid back. Scholarships are awarded to students for different reasons including things like academic achievement, a special talent, or a specific characteristic. They may range from a few hundred dollars up to the full cost of attendance. Scholarships may be awarded for use at a specific college (institutional scholarships), or they may be "portable," meaning that students can use the funds at any college they choose to attend.

At a minimum, high school seniors and current college students should complete the OSAC scholarship application and apply for any institutional scholarships for which they are eligible. Of course, the more scholarships you apply for, the more money you'll be eligible to earn, so apply to as many scholarships as you can! Many scholarships are open to younger students as well, so it's not too early to get started applying now. Use our It’s A Plan Google Doc workbook or app to keep track of scholarships you're eligible for.

OREGON & NORTHWEST SCHOLARSHIPS

Organization Scholarship Application Dates Eligibility
Stand for Children Due September 15 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Western Golf Association Due October 30 Golf caddies who attend UO or other partner schools
Act Six Due November 5 Lives in Portland or Salem area
Kaiser Permanente Due December 13 Interested in healthcare careers
The Renaissance Foundation Due December 15 First in their family to go to college, minimum 3.0 GPA; also has deadlines on February 1 and May 1
Pride Foundation Due January 11  
Benton Community Foundation Due January 13 Benton county high schools
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Due January 31 Hispanic ancestry, minimum 3.0 GPA
Mente Summit Due January 31 Latinx males
Oregon FFA Due January 31 Participation in FFA
Oregon Trail Electric Co-op Due February 1 Baker, Grant, Harney, Union counties; trade school/lineman scholarships open year-round
Volunteers of America Oregon Due February 1 Impacted by addiction and poverty
Grieg Lodge Due February 13 Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, or Yamhill counties
TheDream.Us National Scholarship Due Feburary 28 Undocumented students who attend WOU or another partner college
Black United Fund of Oregon Due March 1  
Colleges That Change Lives Due March 1 Attend Reed College, Willamette University or another partner college
Harrington Family Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon 4-H Due March 1 Participated in 4-H for 3+ years, including current year
Oregon Community Foundation Due March 1 Varies
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1 Jewish residents of Oregon with financial need
Oregon Music Hall of Fame Due March 1 Planning to major or minor in music
Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) Due March 1 Varies, 600+ scholarships with one application
PNACAC Due March 1 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due March 1 Latino/Hispanic students living in southern Oregon
The Ford Family Foundation Due March 1  
Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Due March 2 Varies
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Due March 4  
CASA of Oregon Due March 5 Farmworker/agriculture background
Zeta Phi Beta Due March 6 Female student in Washington, Clackamas, or Multnomah counties
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15 Eastern Oregon high schools
Sub Pop Due March 19 Interested in music/creative arts
Cascades East AHEC Due March 21 Attended 4 years of school in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Lake, Grant, Harney, Klamath counties or the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
Better Business Bureau Northwest Due March 23 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Oregon PTA Due March 30 Studying teaching at an Oregon public college
Education Northwest Due March 31 Tribal members in the Northwest pursuing a master’s degree in education
Maps Credit Union Due March 31 Varies
Associated Oregon Loggers Due April 1 Attending 4-year college of forestry
Incight Due April 1 Students with disabilities
Northwest Community Credit Union Due April 1 Member of Northwest Community Credit Union
Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Due April 1 Student-athletes who are children of OACA members
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1  
Oregon Small Schools Association (OSSA) Due May 4 Attends a small school district (OSAA 1-A, 2-A, 3-A)
Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation Due May 15 Chinese ancestry
OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union Due May 30 Varsity student-athletes with a minimum 3.50 GPA
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Due June 14 Student-athletes attending Oregon colleges
Korean American Scholarship Foundation Western Regional Chapter Due June 30 Students with Korean heritage and a minimum 3.0 GPA
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Due June 30 Studying law enforcement
Check with your high school counselor or college/career center for local or school-based scholarships.

 

OREGON COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

COMMUNITY COLLEGES
PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
INDEPENDENT, NOT-FOR-PROFIT UNIVERSITIES

 

SEARCH FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Note: Many scholarship search engines offer or require free accounts to personalize your results. Signing up for an account means your contact information may be shared with colleges and other third parties. You should not have to pay for scholarship search results.
Resource Scholarship Application Dates
Oregon GEAR UP Scholarship Calendar Deadlines vary
Oregon CIS Financial Aid Sort Deadlines vary; available for schools with a subscription
Career OneStop Deadlines vary
FastWeb Deadlines vary
Going Merry Deadlines vary
Big Future/College Board Deadlines vary
Unigo Deadlines vary
Cappex Deadlines vary
Chegg Deadlines vary
Scholarships.com Deadlines vary
Scholarship Monkey Deadlines vary
United Negro College Fund Deadlines vary
DREAMer's Roadmap Deadlines vary; lists scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship
Scholarships A-Z Deadlines vary; lists scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship