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National scholarship search platforms and other financial-aid opportunities.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Last updated 1/17/2022
Questions? Email Lori Sauter (sauter_l@4j.lane.edu)

Due Date Scholarship Name Grade Description How to Apply
1/26/22  Hamilton Award  11 40 national awards that recognize outstanding high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements. Includes $500 scholarship, a new laptop and a free five-year program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. Candidates must be a U.S. resident; have demonstrated need; plan to attend a US college or university; and be available to participate in program activities during five years from their senior year through college. 3.0 GPA required. https://www.hamiltonscholars.org/apply
1/31/22   Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund   12+ Awards $2,500 to $5,000 to Oregon students of Hispanic ancestry. Requires minimum 3.0 GPA, transcript, essays, and letters of recommendation. Considers academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service. Virtual information sessions about the scholarship program offered on 12/7, 12/17, and 1/12. Sign up on their website. http://hmccoregon.com/scholarship/
1/31/22  Immediate Scholarship Reservation (ISR) Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps    11-12 Limited number of NROTC scholarships selected by a regional commanding officer rather than a board of officers. Benefits are same as NROTC scholarship with full tuition and additional benefits up to $180,000, but selection criteria is higher. Requires student in top 20% of class and considers overcoming personal adversity. Guaranteed employment upon graduation with 4- to 5-year active duty obligation. No service obligation for first year of tuition, and no obligation to accept if awarded scholarship. Requires SAT scores (550 critical reading; 600 math; 1230 combined) or ACT scores (22 English, 26 math, 54 combined). SAT/ACT requirements might change due to COVID. Students are welcome to apply without a SAT/ACT score and are encouraged to apply if they meet other scholarship requirements. Apply for the Navy, Marine, and Nurse Corps ROTC scholarships with the same application. Contact Navy ROTC Scholarship Area Manager, Senior Chief Daniel L. Brandau at 971-990-1852 (cell) or at daniel.l.brandau@navy.mil if interested. Must be U.S. citizen. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/
1/31/22  Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps   11-12 Full tuition, books stipend, educational fees and other financial benefits at many U.S. colleges and universities. 4- to 5-year active duty obligation. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. Requires minimum 2.5 GPA; physical fitness test; and SAT (540 math; 550 verbal; 1100 combined) or ACT (21 math; 22 English; 44 combined). Apply for the Navy, Marine, and Nurse Corps ROTC scholarships with the same application. Check the website to find scholarship application process information and to find a recruiting station. Must be U.S. citizen. If you are interested in an ROTC scholarship, visit your local Navy recruitment office or go to their website. Visit as early as possible, preferably during your junior year of high school, or early in your senior year. For more information on ROTC in general, see https://www.collegedata.com/resources/scholarship-central/how-to-qualify-for-rotc-scholarships. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/
1/31/22  National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution  12+ Multiple awards ranging from $2,000-$5,000 to U.S. citizens. Requires personal statement, transcript, at least two letters of recommendation, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a list of academic achievements and extracurricular activities. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, a DAR member may be used as a reference or may assist you with your application. Some scholarships require a financial aid form. https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info
1/31/22  Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship – Daughters of the American Revolution  12 Two $5,000 scholarships awarded on academic merit renewable for four years. This is a national search.  Applicants must be planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in American studies at an accredited institution in the United States. Requires a personal statement about goals and objectives, record of activities and achievements, transcript, and at least two letters of recommendation. Minimum GPA 4.0. Application submission portal located at https://dar.academicworks.com/. https://www.dar.org/general-scholarship
1/31/22  Union Plus Scholarships  12+ 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
2/1/22  Beat the Odds Scholarship – Stand for Children Leadership Center   12 Four $4,000 scholarship awards to Eugene/Springfield area students with financial need who have “beat the odds” by succeeding in school despite hardships like poverty, disability, homelessness, systemic inequalities, or personal tragedy. Awards are contingent on acceptance to an accredited 2 or 4-year college program and are renewable for up to four years with a total award value of $16,000. Requires 3.0 GPA showing marked effort, improvement, or success and participation in activities that are helpful to others. Winners must share their story at the award ceremony and related publicity. http://stand.org/oregon/beat-the-odds/apply2021
2/1/22  Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation (ESA)  12 Multiple $600-$10,000 scholarships for Oregon students with varying requirements; $5 application fee for each scholarship. Personal, academic and financial information required. See website for listing of all scholarships for Oregon residents. https://www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/scholarships-and-grants/SliderImages/Search-Scholarships
2/1/22  KPMG Future Leaders Program  12 Multiple awards of $40,000 (over 4 years) to female students with financial need, pursing business or STEM fields. Successful applicants will have a proven record of academic excellence and leadership potential. Award winners recevice mentoring and attend a 3-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat, featuring leadership training, college transition and an introduction to golf. The application requires a letter of recommendation from a community organization or school. Minimum 3.5 GPA and statement of financial need required. https://womensleadership.kpmg.us/charitable.html
2/1/22  Oregon Wheat Foundation Scholarship Program   12 Up to twelve $1,500 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 school and community involvement and academic achievement. Essay and unofficial trasncript required. https://www.owgl.org/p/about-us/oregon-wheat-foundation/scholarship-program
2/1/22  OSU Merit and Diversity Scholarships  12 Renewable awards for Oregon resident students attending Oregon State University. These scholarships are awarded from the general application and some require a seperate application. PRESIDENT’S – ($10,000 yr/$40,000 4yrs) The most prestigious awards at OSU, these are awarded competetively for academics, service and leadership and requires minimum unweighted GPA 3.85; FINLEY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – up to $4,000 renewable, minimum GPA 3.5. Other scholarships are available. Visit site for more information. Must apply for admission to OSU by 2/1. http://scholarships.oregonstate.edu/incoming-freshman-resident-scholarships
2/1/22  OSU Scholarships  12+ Multiple scholarships available to students accepted to Oregon State University. Awards based on high school grades; rigor of coursework, class rank, grades in any college or dual-credit courses, information provided in your personal statement on the application, essay, test scores, if submitted (not required*). Apply through OSU ScholarDollars, Oregon State University’s online scholarship search and application system. Opens November 1. https://scholarships.oregonstate.edu/scholardollars
2/1/22  Renaissance Scholars Program  12+ college Renewable award up to $4,000 (totaling $16,000) for high-achieving, financially needy, students who are the first person in their family seeking a Bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college in the U.S. Applicant should demonstrate good character either through leadership potential, a concern for others, and/or work ethic. Requires minimum 3.0 GPA, two essays, transcript, financial information, two letters of recommendation. Resume and test scores optional. Undocumented and DACA students welcome to apply. NOTE: there are 2 application periods, the first deadline is 2/1/22 and the second on 5/1/22. http://www.trfwebsite.org/renaissance-scholars-program/
2/1/22  Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship  12 Thirty or more $1,000 to $6,000 scholarships to seniors pursuing trade school training or 2- or 4-year degrees in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field. Requires minumum 2.0 GPA; permanent residency or citizenship of US or Canada; transcripts, resume, references and personal statement. https://www.smeef.org/sme-education-foundation-scholarships/scholarship-opportunities/graduating-hs-seniors/
2/1/22  UO Diversity Excellence Scholarship   12+ college Renewable award of $6,500 for 4 years. Based on financial need, academics, extracurricular activities, and UO diversity plan. May be combined with some other UO scholarships. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application for UO admission due 1/15. Application for scholarship due 2/1 along with FAFSA/ORSAA and letter of reference. All other required admission application materials due 2/15.  http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/diversity_excellence_scholarship
2/1/22  UO Presidential Scholarship   12 Fifty renewable awards of $9,000 year/$36,000 total to Oregon students applying to UO. Minimum GPA 3.85. Selection based on academics, leadership, and service. Apply for admission to UO by 1/15 and follow with the online scholarship application by 2/1. All other required admission application materials due 2/15. Transcript required. http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/uo_presidential_scholarship
2/4/22  Sister Adele Scholarship – CASA of Oregon  12+ college Multiple $1,500 to $4,000 scholarships to Oregon students from farm worker families (last five years). In addition to traditional farm work, this scholarship includes families supported by dairy and nursery jobs, and jobs that involve processing and/or transporting of agricultural, aquacultural and/or forest products. Funds support community college, 4-year college and trade school paths. No GPA requirement. Application requires: transcript, resume, personal statement and verification of household agricultural employment within the past 5 years. https://casaoforegon.org/sister-adele-scholarship/
2/7/22  Al Forthan Scholarship  12 One $10,000 award and several smaller awards 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 recovery. Awards are based on responses to application questions. Largest award requires one letter of recommendation. https://www.voaor.org/get-involved/give-a-gift/al-forthan-scholarship/apply/
2/11/22  AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships  10-12 120 – $10,000 scholarships to exceptional high school students, age 15-18, pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace. Recipients use the funds for direct flight training expenses to achieve a primary pilot certificate. This scholarship program is a component of the AOPA You Can Fly program, a collection of initiatives working towards building a larger, more vibrant pilot community. Applicants must be current AOPA members; membership is free to students. 2 references required. https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/students/flight-training-scholarships
2/12/22  Fiction Fantastic Young Writers’ Contest  9-12 Annual fiction contest for high school students in Lane County. Win cash prizes of $25 to $100 for top three entries (in each grade level category)of original, previously unpublished works and a chance to be published in the Fiction Fantastic Contest Winners Anthology. Award ceremony on 6/10/22. Minimum of 300 words and maximum of 3,000 words. You can submit up to three stories. https://fictionfantastic.org/
2/15/22  Hispanic Scholarship Fund  12+ college Approximately 10,000 awards from $500 to $5,000 to students of Hispanic heritage pursuing a university degree. U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, and DACA students are eligible. Scholarships are awarded on merit and allocated on the basis of financial need. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Gain access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training. FAFSA or ORSAA required. https://www.hsf.net/
2/15/22  UO Apex and Summit Scholarships   12 Renewable, automatic grants to Oregon students attending UO. Awarded from the standard UO application, these scholarships require no additional form. APEX Scholarship – $2,000/yr ($8,000 total) minimum GPA 3.7; SUMMIT Scholarship – $4,000/yr ($16,000 total) with GPA 3.9. Applicants must still meet all remaining criteria and deadlines to apply and receive consideration. Apply to UO by 1/15; all documents must be received by 2/15. Other scholarships are available. Visit website for more information. http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/scholarships_freshmen
2/15/22  OSAC – Oregon Student Access Commission (Early Bird Deadline)  12 One of the best ways for Oregon students to apply for over 600 scholarships (in- and out-of-state) ranging from $1,000-$10,000 with one easy online application. Early applications (by Feb 15) are entered into a drawing for a $1,000 OSAC scholarship. Regular deadline is March 1. Requires personal statements. No minimum GPA or financial-need requirement for some scholarships. Completed FAFSA or ORSAA application recommended. Submit transcripts showing coursework and grades through the first semester, second quarter, or first trimester (depending on your school’s calendar) of your senior year. Undocumented students welcome to apply. http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/scholarships.aspx
2/15/22  UO Pathway Oregon Scholarship Program   12 Full tuition, fees, and specialized advising for lower-income Oregonians attending UO 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 with lower grade points will be considered if space and funding are available. Students are automatically considered for this program when applying to UO by 1/15 and completing FAFSA by 2/15 (select UO as one of your college choices). https://pathwayoregon.uoregon.edu/content/award-overview
2/18/22   O[Yes] Media Contest   9-12 Oregon Young Employee Safety is offering cash prizes of $300 to $500 to Oregon students for video and graphic design entries that will inspire young workers to think about personal health and safety at work. Submission must include the tagline: “Work. It can be more dangerous than you think,” and incorporate one of the two theme options: workplace stressors that young workers experience, and/or how employers can support young worker mental well-being. First-place winners’ schools will receive a matching donation. https://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/
2/23/22  Eugene Police Employees Association   12 Award of $1,000 to a Eugene resident student interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Two applicants will be selected. Requires resume, transcript, SAT/ACT scores, statement of need (optional), and a 750-word essay. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ymWZ_EOYtuTnoF4Bzo_v-jZyAjlTmW9I/view
2/26/22 Doodle 4 Google 9-12 Four National Finalists will receive $5,000 and one National Winner will receive a $30,000 award for “doodles” on the subject “I am strong because…” Applicants will create “doodle”, provide a statement describing what was drawn and how it represents the applicant’s inner strength, and submit an entry form. Additionally, 54 State and Territory winners will receive Google hardware and swag. https://doodles.google.com/d4g/how-it-works/
2/28/22 Mente Summit Scholarship 12+ Multiple one-time $1,000 scholarships for Latinx male students who reside in Oregon. Applicants must plan to enroll or be enrolled at a two or four-year public or private, accredited post-secondary institution in the United States in the fall of 2021 and demonstrate financial need. Application requires copy of transcript, letter of recommendation, personal essay. https://www.mentesummit.com/scholarship
2/28/22  The Dream US Scholarship  12+ Up to $33,000 for DACA and TPS students, and those who meet theDream.us criteria. This is a renewable National scholarship for high school/community college grads. Students must qualify for in-state tuition at one of their Partner Colleges to receive this scholarship. In Oregon, Western Oregon University qualifies. The application requires two essays and option to list a personal reference. http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/
2/28/22 SAIL 12 Scholarship of varying amounts awarded to past participants of University of Oregon’s SAIL program who have a low income or diverse background and plan to pursue higher education at the University of Oregon. Award amount will be based on past SAIL program participation, financial need and available funding. Applicants must have participated in two more SAIL summer programs and have attended SAIL/ASPIRE meetings, events and mentoring during the school year (if available). Application and 250 word essay required. https://mcusercontent.com/d0ef97dfc49fd73145a2d2ce3/files/9eec7aa4-be0a-bf86-e085-3f8fd1b7fab1/SAIL_Scholarship_Application_Fillable_2022.02.pdf
Ongoing  RaiseMe Micro-scholarships  9-12 Awards “micro-scholarships” to students starting in grade 9 for grades, extracurricular activities, and volunteering in the community. Awards apply to 225 participating colleges & universities. See website for information and registration. https://www.raise.me/
Various Scholarships for Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, Indigenous Pacific Islanders 12 Awards of various amounts for Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and indigenious Pacific Islanders. Requirements vary. See website for details. http://www.itcnet.org/about_us/scholarships.html

SCHOLARSHIP LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: If you need a recommendation from a counselor for your application, please fill out the scholarship form in the counseling center. And please give at least two weeks’ notice (preferably four weeks!) for requesting any letters of recommendation.

SEHS MASTER SCHOLARSHIP LIST: Entire list of scholarships publicized by South Eugene High School in the recent past. Use this as a list of possible scholarship opportunities, not a list of guaranteed scholarships. Due dates, scholarship descriptions, and active/inactive status of scholarships on the master are subject to change without notice. The table above is taken from the master list and includes currently active scholarships with upcoming due dates.

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: This 39-minute video, created during the 2020-21 school year, covers the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), and how to search for additional free money to pay for college. Created by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).

OTHER FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES:

RECOMMENDED NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH PLATFORMS:

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.”
 

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS AT OREGON COLLEGES:

These scholarships cover tuition and fees for all four years for Pell-eligible Oregon students.

OREGON AND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP LIST:

  • Assembled by Oregon Goes to College, a statewide initiative promoting college participation. You can filter results to find ones that fit your needs.

WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE):

  • Program that allows Oregon high-school students to request reduced tuition at participating two- and four-year public college programs outside of Oregon in the western half of the United States.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND COLLEGE-PREP PROGRAMS FOR HIGH-ACHIEVING, HIGH-NEED STUDENTS

  • For high-achieving, high-need juniors and seniors.

NEED-BASED AND MERIT AID AMOUNTS BY COLLEGE

  • See which schools offer the most aid.

AUTOMATIC FULL TUITION/RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT REGARD TO NEED:

  • See which schools cover at least the cost of tuition without requiring an extra application.

COMPETITIVE FULL TUITION/RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS WITHOUT REGARD TO NEED:

  • See which schools cover at least the cost of tuition (for top prospective students who fill out additional application materials).

FOR ALL MINORITY STUDENTS:

FOR NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS:

FOR BLACK STUDENTS:

FOR LGBTQ AND STRAIGHT ALLY STUDENTS:

FOR HISPANIC AND LATINX STUDENTS:

FOR NEW AMERICANS, IMMIGRANTS, and MINORITIES:

FOR ASIANS and PACIFIC ISLANDERS:

FOR SINGLE MOTHERS:

FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

FOR WOMEN:

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