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Scholarships

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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
10/8/2021 The Skanner Foundation Scholarship

Up to $3,000 for a student with a 2.5 GPA who has completed at least 20 hours of community service in the last year.

10/15/2021 National Space Club Olin Teague Scholarship

$4,000 scholarship open to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in the aerospace fields.

10/15/2021 National YoungArts Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 for young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

10/15/2021 NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship

$1,000 scholarships for underrepresented students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to study a STEM field.

10/25/2021 Horatio Alger Scholarship

$10,000 - $25,000 scholarship for high school juniors who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.

10/30/2021 Evans Scholars Program

Full tuition and housing renewable scholarship at University of Oregon or other select institutions for deserving golf caddies.

10/30/2021 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Full tuition renewable scholarships for high-performing high school seniors with financial need who want to go to the nation's best 4-year colleges and universities.

10/31/2021 #WeBelongInCollege Scholarship

Up to $2,500 from Get Schooled for creating a short video of your story of struggle and perseverance.

10/31/2021 Coca-Cola Scholars

Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who are commited to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

10/31/2021 U.S. Bank Student Scholarship

Up to $20,000 for completing a series of financial education online learning modules.

10/31/2021 Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Up to $30,000 scholarship from the VFW for writing and recording a 3-5 minute broadcast script on a specific theme.

11/14/2021 Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Up to $3,000 open to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic/Latino descent who have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and community. DACA students are eligible to apply.

11/15/2021 Elks National Foundation Scholarship

Up to $50,000 scholarships for high school students planning to attend a 4-year college.

11/30/2021 Act Six Scholarship

A full scholarship to George Fox University or Corban University for four years for promising urban leaders from Portland or Salem.

11/30/2021 Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Up to $1,000 for students with at least one parent with Hispanic ancestry.

12/1/2021 Dell Scholars Program

Up to $20,000 for students in college readiness programs (including AVID, College Possible, GEAR UP, and Upward Bound) and have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education.

12/1/2021 National Honor Society Scholarship

Up to $25,000 for high school seniors who are members in good standing of an affiliated National Honor Society chapter.

12/1/2021 The Hagan Scholarship

$12,000 scholarship renewable for four years for students who will graduate from a public high school having fewer than 50,000 residents.

12/3/2021 National Space Club Keynote Scholarship

$10,000 scholarship and an opportunity to give a keynote address for students who are interested in STEM fields.

12/5/2021 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.