Scholarships

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Last updated 12/20/2018
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Due Date Scholarship Name Grade Description How to Apply
12/31/18 Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps 12 Full tuition and other benefits up to $180,000, full employment upon graduation, Math ACT 21+ or SAT 540+, English ACT 22+ or SAT 550+. You can also apply for the Navy Nurse Corps and Marine Corps ROTC scholarships with the same application. www.nrotc.navy.mil
12/31/18 Easton/NFAA Scholarship Program 12 Scholarships ranging from $500-$2,500 to students participating in archery and planning to attend two or four year college/university or a technical training college. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA and compete in archery during the entire academic year. Awards based on the archer’s accomplishments, future competition plans, and involvement in archery. https://www.nfaausa.com/scholarships/#1445703240385-d6d2fc66-92ed
12/31/18 Freedom in Academia Essay Contest by FIRE Foundation 11-12 Nine awards from $500-$10,000 to students across the nation for 800-1,000 word essay submissions explaining why free speech is so important to higher education, and why censorship undermines the ideals of liberal education and a free society. Essay submissions must draw from featured videos and other resources on FIRE’s website. https://www.thefire.org/student-network/essay-contest/
1/4/19 GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program 12 $10,000 renewable scholarships to approx. 18 students demonstrating the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial need (FAFSA); Requires 3.0+ GPA. Only the first 25,000 applications will be reviewed. See website for more information and application. Note: requires submission of nomination form and letter of recommendation completed by an eligible community leader. For guidance counselor reference, submit yellow Scholarship Recommendation Request form two weeks before due date. Forms available in Counseling Center and Career Center. https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
1/9/19 Ron Brown Scholarships Program 12 The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. Requires two 500-word essays; standardized test scores; two letters of recommendation, one from counselor. Submit yellow Scholarship Recommendation Request form two weeks before due date. Forms available in Counseling Center and Career Center. https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description
1/11/19 Pathways in Education Opportunities 12 Lane County Pathways will award scholarships ranging from $2,500-$15,000 to support local residents who are interested in pursuing a career in education, and will be attending U of O, LCC, Pacific U, or NCU. You must contact Nicole Reyes at nicole.reyes@springfield.k12.or.us before completing this application. Learn more about the scholarship at https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/teacher-pathways/ https://bethelor.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1048
1/11/19 PRIDE Foundation 12 Pride Foundation scholarships support LGBTQ and allied students in the Pacific NW. Apply to 60 scholarships with one application. The average award is $4,160 and the top award is $12,000. Awards support students who show leadership potential, lack a broader LGBTQ community support system, face additional barriers (economic, racial, social, geographic, political) and have significant financial need. https://www.pridefoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
1/11/19 United States JCI Foundation Scholarships 12 Multiple $1,000 grants available to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. The number of grants awarded annually will be at the discretion of the United States JCI Senate Foundation. They must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. Paper application required to include personal statement, reference letters, transcript, and submitted by the deadline to scholarship contact in Oregon. https://www.usjcisenate.org/scholarship-program
1/14/19 OSCPA Scholarship Foundation 12 $1,000-$3,000 awards for tuition and books. Must be accepted by an accredited school for studying accounting within Oregon, full- time student, award based on academic performance, intent to pursue a CPA career and work within the state of Oregon. https://www.orcpa.org/ed-foundation/scholarships
1/15/19 U of O Pathway Oregon Scholarship Program 12 Full tuition, fees and specialized advising for lower-income Oregonians attending the U of O using a combination of federal, state, and university funds. Eligible students will have earned a GPA of 3.40+ and be Pell Grant eligible (as determined by FAFSA). Students are automatically considered for this program when applying to the U of O by 1/15 and completing FAFSA by 2/15 (select U of O as one of your college choices). https://pathwayoregon.uoregon.edu/content/award-overview
1/15/19 U of O Diversity Excellence Scholarship 12+ college $6,500/yr. Renewable for 4 yrs. Based on financial need, academics, extracurricular activities, and UO diversity plan. May be combined with other U of O scholarships. Must meet Jan. 15 deadline for UofO application and submit Diversity Excellence Scholarship application and online letter of reference by February 1 deadline. http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/diversity_excellence_scholarship
1/15/19 U of O Apex and Summit Scholarships 12 Renewable, automatic grants to Oregon students attending the U of O. Awarded from the standard U of O application, these scholarships require no additional form. APEX Scholarship – $3,000 yr ($12,000 total) minimum GPA 3.6, SAT 1220, SAT 25 SUMMIT Scholarship – $6,000 yr ($24,000 total) with GPA 3.8, SAT 1260 or ACT 26. Apply to UofO by 1/15. Other scholarships are available, visit website for more information. http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/scholarships_freshmen
1/15/19 U of O Presidential Scholarship 12 50 renewable awards of $9,000 year/$36,000 total to Oregon students applying to the University of Oregon. Awarded on academics, leadership, and service the scholarship is open to applicants with a minimum GPA 3.85, 1300 SAT, 28 ACT. In addition, students must apply for admission to UO by 1/15/18. Online scholarship application due by Feb. 1. http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/uo_presidential_scholarship
1/18/19 Oregon Latino Scholarship 12 $2,000-$5,500; Hispanic ancestry, 3.0+ GPA, resident of OR or Clark County, WA.   Letter of reference, demonstrate community service, extra-curricular activities. Essay & letters of recommendation req’d. http://hmccoregon.com/scholarship/
1/18/19 John F. Kennedy – Profiles in Courage Essay Contest 9-12 One $10,000 award, one $3,000 award, five $500 and eight $100 awards to students for essay submissions that demonstrate understanding of political courage as described in John F. Kennedy’s Profiles of Courage. 1,000 -word essay is about an elected U.S. official who served after 1917. https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx
1/23/19 Society of Women Engineers, Willamette Valley Section – in cooperation with Georgia Pacific and Hewlitt Packard 12 Three awards ranging from $1,250-$1,500 to females interested in pursuing a BS degree in engineering, from Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast areas. Selection based on academic achievement, community involvement and/or work experience. Requires GPA 3.75, essay, letters of recommendation, transcripts. Submit by mail postmarked by deadline date. https://sites.google.com/site/wvsorswe/scholarships
1/23/19 The Coolidge Scholarship 11 National award covering four years of tuition, room, board and expenses during undergraduate study. Applicants must be in junior year of high school and demonstrate academic excellence, interest in public policy, and humility/service. Awards given to top 100 applicants ($1,000) and finalists ($5,000). Requires letter of recommendation. https://coolidgescholars.org/
1/31/19 Union Plus Scholarships Scholarships from $500-$4,000 for post secondary education. Open to current, retired and dependent children of members of unions participating in any Union Plus program. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. Required essays account for up to half of total score. https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/money/union-plus-scholarships
1/31/19 Women in Industry (WIN) Scholarship 12 $1,000 scholarship for females pursuing post-secondary collison repair technology. Requires essay, 3.0 GPA. National scholarship. https://thewomensindustrynetwork.site-ym.com/page/Scholarship
1/31/19 Discover Scholarship Program 12 11 $10,000 prizes to college/university of choice by random selection. Must sign up for email contact in order to enter. See Sweepstakes Official Rules via link on website. https://www.discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/award.html
2/1/19 Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship Program 12 Up to 12 – $1000 awards to students with family or employment ties to the Oregon Wheat Growers League. Eligible students will have worked for a OWGL member, be a daughter/son of an OWGL member, or have a parent who is employed by an OWGL member. Successful candidates demonstrate community involvement and academic achievement. Essay required. http://www.owgl.org/foundation/scholarship-award-program/
2/1/19 Beat the Odds Scholarship – Stand for Children Leadership Center 12 Up to five $4,000 awards to Eugene/Springfield area students with financial need, who have “beat the odds” by succeeding in school despite hardships like poverty, disability, homelessness or personal tragedy.   Awards are renewable for up to four years. Applicants will have GPA 3.0 showing marked effort, improvement or success; participate in activities that are helpful to others; share their story at the Beat the Odds award ceremony and related publicity. https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50721-Stand-For-Children-Leadership-Center
2/4/19 Al Forthan Memorial Recovery Scholarship 12 One $10,000 award and several smaller award to Oregon students from families who have been affected by drug or alcohol addiction. In this context, affected by addiction means you have been raised by a parent/guardian who has experienced addiction, or you have abused drugs or alcohol and are now pursing treatment. Awards are based on responses to application questions. Largest award requires one letter of recommendation. If you choose to get a letter from a counselor, please submit yellow Scholarship Recommendation Request form two weeks before due date. Forms available in Counseling Center and Career Center. https://alforthanscholarship.com/how-to-apply/
2/15/19 Bovard Scholars Program 11 Yearlong college mentoring program that connects high-achieving juniors with financial need to top colleges/universities. The program includes a three week residential summer session on the University of Southern California campus, career exporation, test preparation and admission/financial aid support for fifty students, chosen competetively. Applicants should be enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry, or higher; and have a near 4.0 GPA, with IB and AP coursework. Counselor recommendation is required. Please submit a request at least two weeks in advance. https://bovardscholars.usc.edu/

Scholarship Letters of Recommendation: Please give at least two weeks’ notice when requesting any letters of recommendation, and if you specifically want a counselor recommendation, submit the yellow Scholarship Recommendation Request form, which is available in the counseling center and in the career center.

 


PAYING FOR COLLEGE

The above link takes you to a slideshow which covers basic information regarding financing a college education. It was created by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH PLATFORMS

Reviews.com has created a guide to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible.  Take a look here to learn more.

The best scholarship search platforms of 2018 according to reviews.com:

Collegescholarships.org also liked several other scholarship search platforms according to its (somewhat dated) article, “A Comprehensive Review of the Leading Scholarship Search Services.” In addition to liking Fastweb, the article’s author had positive comments about:

You can access Sallie Mae’s scholarship search platform via your Naviance account by following these links: Colleges – Scholarships and Money – National Scholarship Search, or you can access the platform at:

  • Sallie Mae
  • ScholarSnapp is a search platform that has partnered with the Common App to allow a student’s Common App information to transfer to their Scholar Snapp profile. The goal of these two organizations is to make the scholarship process easier.

Regardless of the search platform you choose, the author of “A Comprehensive Review of the Leading Scholarship Search Services,” shares a conclusion about the search platforms they reviewed that can be generalized to many of the scholarship searches available to students. They say that, “not any one of them is able to give a complete and concise scholarship list and results lists differ widely. There are anomalies, mismatched data, and their systems are human-driven, which means there could be outdated and inaccurate information. The scholarship data itself is categorized completely differently from one to the other, and in almost all of them, it’s clear that advertisers figure prominently. Users may maximize the scholarship data and subscribe to more than one. A new email account specifically for use during college and scholarship searches would effectively keep spam and junk out of a personal email account.”

OTHER FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES:

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE)

WUE is a program that allows Oregon high-school students to request reduced tuition at participating two- and four-year public college programs outside of Oregon.  Go to http://www.wiche.edu/wue to see a list of participating WUE schools, and learn how to apply for this tuition-reduction program.  The reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded, and many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early!

AUTOMATIC FULL TUITION/RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY U.S. COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT REGARD TO NEED:

http://automaticfulltuition.yolasite.com/

COMPETITIVE FULL TUITION/RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY U.S. COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT REGARD TO NEED:

http://competitivefulltuition.yolasite.com/

FOR NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS:

http://www.collegefund.org/students_and_alumni/content/scholarships

http://onacc.org/resources/scholarships/

http://www.itcnet.org/about_us/scholarships.html (for native Americans, native Alaskans, native Hawaiians, indigenous Pacific Islanders)

FOR BLACK STUDENTS:

BlackStudents.com: The Online Guide to Scholarships, Financial Aid, and More for African American Students

FOR LGBTQ AND STRAIGHT ALLY STUDENTS:

Pride Foundation Scholarships

FOR HISPANIC AND LATINO STUDENTS:

Fastweb Hispanic/Latino Scholarships

MALDEF: The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America (Scholarships open to undocumented students)

DREAMers Scholarships (These scholarships are only available for attendance at a very limited number of colleges).

FOR NEW AMERICANS AND MINORITIES:

Guide to Scholarships for New Americans and Minorities

FOR SINGLE MOTHERS:

http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/scholarships-for-single-mothers/

http://oedb.org/single-mother-grant/

FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

https://scholarsapply.org/pwdscholarship/

FOR WOMEN:

http://oedb.org/scholarships/women/