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.

Browse the tables below for general scholarship applications (like the OSAC scholarship that allows Oregon students to apply to more than 500 scholarships using just one form) and search engines as well as scholarships from each of Oregon's public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

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.


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



Organization Scholarship Application Dates Eligibility
Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) Opens November 1; Due March 1 (Early Bird - February 15)  
Stand for Children Due September 16 Minimum 3.0 GPA
Act Six Due November 5 Lives in Portland or Salem area
Pride Foundation Due January 11  
Zeta Phi Beta Due January 25 Female student in Washington, Clackamas, or Multnomah counties
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Due January 31 Hispanic ancestry, minimum 3.0 GPA
Oregon FFA Due January 31 Participation in FFA
PACE Due January 31  
Oregon Trail Electric Co-op Due February 1 Baker, Grant, Harney, Union counties
Grieg Lodge Due February 15 Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, or Yamhill counties
Harrington Family Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon 4-H Due March 1 Participated in 4-H for 3+ years, including current year
Oregon Collectors Association Due March 1 Children or grandchildren of members of OCA
Oregon Community Foundation Due March 1  
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1 Jewish residents of Oregon with financial need
Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due March 1 Latino/Hispanic students living in southern Oregon
Black United Fund of Oregon Due March 3  
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Due March 4  
Benton Community Foundation Due March 12 Benton county high schools
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15 Eastern Oregon high schools
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
Oregon PTA Due March 30 Studying teaching at an Oregon public college
Associated Oregon Loggers Due April 1 Attending 4-year college of forestry
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1  
Portland Chinese Scholarship Foundation Due May 17 Chinese ancestry
CASA of Oregon Due May 24 Farmworker/agriculture background
Check with your high school counselor or college/career center for local or school-based scholarships.  



School Scholarship Application Dates
Blue Mountain Community College Deadlines vary
Central Oregon Community College December 15 - July 15
Chemeketa Community College February 1 - March 31
Clackamas Community College Opens January 30; Due April 12 and November 1
Clatsop Community College April 1 - May 15
Columbia Gorge Community College Opens February
Klamath Community College Due October 12, 2018
Lane Community College Due March 4, 2019
Linn-Benton Community College Deadlines vary
Mt. Hood Community College Opens January; Priority deadline March 29, 2019
Oregon Coast Community College Opens February
Portland Community College Opens December 1; Due March 1
Rogue Community College Opens November 1; Due March 1
Southwestern Oregon Community College Opens January 1; Due March 1
Tillamook Bay Community College Due December 14, 2018
Treasure Valley Community College Due January 15, 2019
Umpqua Community College Opens January 29; Due March 5, 2019



School Scholarship Application Dates
Eastern Oregon University October 1 - February 1
Oregon Institute of Technology Due March 1
Oregon State University Deadlines vary; apply by February 1 for full consideration
Portland State University Deadlines vary
Southern Oregon University Due February 1
University of Oregon Deadlines vary; many scholarships due February 15
Western Oregon University Due March 1 and May 1



School Scholarship Application Dates
Concordia University Scholarships awarded automatically
Corban University Most scholarships awarded automatically; other deadlines vary
George Fox University Scholarships awarded automatically
Lewis & Clark College Scholarships awarded automatically; complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by January 15
Linfield College Scholarships awarded automatically; apply by February 1
Multnomah University Some scholarships awarded automatically; others due April 1 and August 1
Northwest Christian University Scholarships awarded automatically
Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships awarded automatically; apply by January 31
Pacific University Scholarships awarded automatically; dates vary for other opportunities
Portland Actors Conservatory Due August 1; complete FAFSA prior to submission
Reed College Scholarships awarded automatically; complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by January 15
University of Portland Scholarships awarded automatically
Warner Pacific University Scholarships awarded automatically
Willamette University Scholarships awarded automatically

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