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National scholarship search platforms and other financial-aid opportunities.


Last updated 1/16/2020


Due Date Scholarship Name Grade Description How to Apply
1/16/20 The Coolidge Scholarship 11 Two to three fullride scholarships, 10 finalist awards and smaller awards to academically excellent students in their junior year with interest in public policy. This is a National award covering four years of tuition, room, board and expenses during undergraduate study.  Requires letter of recommendation.
1/17/20 Bovard Scholars Program 11 Year-long 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 exploration, test preparation and admission/financial aid support for 50 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 and should be requested at least two weeks in advance.
1/17/20 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. Prompt: “Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.” Responses are limited to 1,000 words.
1/21/20 Varsity Spirit Awards 12 One award of $25,000 for most spirited school and multiple awards of $3,000 to students and staff across many categories including: school spirit, athlete, yearbook, student governemnt, choir, and more. The application requires essay, letter of recommendation, and photos of nominee and their work.
1/23/20 Lane Electric National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour 11 Lane Electric will send one lucky high school Junior class student to Washington D.C. for the June 2020 NRECA Youth Tour.  Parents/guardians must be Lane Electric members.  Also requires letter of introduction, 500 word essay and 2 letters of recommendation.
1/24/20 United States JCI Foundation Scholarships 12 Multiple $1,000 grants available to high school seniors who will attend 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. Requires a personal statement, reference letters, transcript, and a photograph. Application must be mailed. Citizenship required.
1/31/20 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 have already applied to UO. Submit Diversity Excellence Scholarship application and online letter of reference by January 31 deadline; transcripts due by Feb. 15.
1/31/20 U of O Presidential Scholarship 12 Fifty renewable awards of $9,000 year/$36,000 total to Oregon students applying to the U of O. The scholarship is open to applicants with a minimum GPA 3.85 and 1300 SAT/28 ACT and is based on academics, leadership, and service. Must have already applied to UO. Scholarship application due 1/31/20. Transcript and test scores required.
1/31/20 Oregon Latino Scholarship  12+ college $2,500-$5,000 for Oregon students of Hispanic ancestry. Requires minimum 3.0 GPA. Considers academics, extra-curricular activites, community service, essays, and recommendation letter.
1/31/20 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.
1/31/20 Discover Scholarship Program 12 12 prizes of $5,000 to students and parents who subscribe to the Discover newsletter covering college topics. Prize selection is random. See Sweepstakes Official Rules via link on website.
1/31/20 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.
2/1/20 Jackie Robinson Academic Scholarship 12 Multiple awards of up to $30,000 over 4 years, based on need, to minorities attending a 4-year US college who demonstrate leadership and dedication to community service, are a US citizen, with a minimum 1000 SAT or 21 ACT.  Online application.  Requires letter of recommendation.
2/1/20 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.
2/1/20 OSU Bridge to Success 12 Full tuition, fees and specialized advising for lower-income Oregonians attending OSU using a combination of federal, state, and university funds. Eligible students will be Pell Grant eligible (as determined by FAFSA). Students are automatically considered for this program when applying to OSU by 2/1 and completing FAFSA by 2/28(select OSU as one of your college choices). GPA 3.4+ required.
2/1/20 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 of awards at OSU, these are awarded competetively for academics, service and leadership and requires minimum GPA 3.85, SAT 1360 or ACT 29;    FINLEY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – up to $6,000 minimum GPA 3.40, SAT 1300 or ACT 27. Other scholarships are available, visit site for more information.
2/1/20 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship 12 30+ $1,000-6,000 scholarships to seniors pursuing trade school training or 2 or 4-year degrees in manufacturing or engineering. The SME Education Foundation also offers substantial scholarships to students with at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years. Require minumum 2.0 GPA; permanent residency or citizenship of US or Canada; and must be on a path toward an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering, technology, or closely related field.
2/1/20 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation (ESA) 12 Multiple $500-$9,000 scholarships for Oregon students with varying requirements; $5 application fee. Personal, academic and financial information required. See website for listing of all scholarships for Oregon residents.
2/1/20 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 with a total award value of $16,000. Applicants will have GPA 3.0 showing marked effort, improvement or success; participate in activities that are helpful to others; and share their story at the Beat the Odds award ceremony and related publicity.
2/3/20 Al Forthan Memorial 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 recovery.  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.
2/5/20 UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship 12+ Thirty $5,000 and three $10,000 scholarships to students living with epilepsy, either personally or through a family member/caregiver with epilepsy.  Considers academic achievement and participation in activities outside of school. No minimum GPA. Requires one-page essay, transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a medical history form of person with epilepsy. Must be a US citizen. This is a national search.
2/9/20 Fiction Fantastic Young Writers’ Contest 9-12 Annual fiction contest for high school students in Lane County. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place for original, previously unpublished works. Award ceremony hosted by celebrity judge and award-winning novelist J.C. Geiger. Minimum of 300 words and maximum of 3,000 words. You can submit up to three stories.
2/15/20 National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution 12+ Mulitple 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.
2/15/20 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. 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.
2/15/20 Warrington Philosophy Scholarship 12 $1,000 grant designed to help incoming OSU students begin their careers as philosophers. The scholarship will be awarded one time per year to a philosophy
major who graduated from an Oregon high school and is either an incoming freshman or an incoming transfer student at OSU. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated high financial need and who are in the first generation of their family to attend a four-year college or university.
2/15/20 OSU Norborne Berkeley History Scholarship 12 Annual award of up to $3,000, renewable up to a maximum of four years, to an Oregon resident and incoming OSU history major on the Corvallis campus who has demonstrated financial need and who is in the first generation of their family to attend a four-year college or university. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are both eligible.
2/18/20 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 18) are entered into a drawing for a $1000 OSAC scholarship. Regular deadline is March 2. The application requires transcripts and personal statements. No minimum GPA or financial-need requirement for some scholarships. Completed FAFSA or ORSAA application recommended. Undocumented students welcome to apply.
2/21/20 Slocum Research & Education Foundation Scholarship 12 Multiple $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing healthcare related careers. Financial need is considered. Successful applicants will show high academic achievement, participate in extracurricular leadership activities at school, and demonstrate a commitment to community service. The foundation encourages students who have been influenced to pursue a health-related profession by personal experiences with illness or injury to apply.  Requires: 3.0+ GPA, transcript, resume, essay, letters of recommendation. As a courtesy, please give staff at least two weeks for letters of recommendation.
2/24/20 Information Security Undergraduate Scholarship 12 Up to 20 scholarships $1,000-$5,000 awarded. Must be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance. GPA of at least 3.3, transcripts, letter of recommendation, CV, essay required.
2/27/20 The Dream US Scholarship 12+ Up to $29,000 for DACA and TPS students, and those who meet 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 a personal reference.
3/1/20 Chafee Education and Training Grant 12 Awards of up to $5,000 to foster care youth. Funds support attendance at colleges/universities and vocational/trade schools. FAFSA required.
3/1/20 Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Trade/Vocation Scholarship 12+ college Awards of $1,500-$3,000 to Native American students pursing a trade or vocation at an Oregon school. Renewable for up to four years, the scholarship is awarded on: financial need; aptitude for chosen trade/vocational path; personal qualities like work ethic, dependability and dependability; school and community participation; and academic promise. The application includes transcripts and five personal statements of 150 words, or less.
3/2/20 Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Competition 9-12 Awards from $100 to $1,000 for top essays composed during competition for Oregon or Clark County (State of Washington) students. Essays will be written in English not to exceed 500 words on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest.  The essay topic will be announced at the time of the contest. Open to all students regardless of their ancestry. Contest will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, and will take place at a local Chinese American Citizens Alliance Lodge or a location designated by the Lodge. Must preregister by 3/2/20.
3/2/20 COSA – Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Youth Development Scholarships 12 Twelve scholarships of $1,000 to Oregon students who are active in school and community. Scholarships support students pursuing two and four year degrees and trade/professional/technical programs. One scholarship will awarded to a Latino/a student and another will be awarded to a female pursuing a career in education. The other ten scholarships are awarded on general characteristics. Each requires a 3.5+ GPA and personal statement detailing background, influences and goals. Additionally, applications will be signed and endorsed by an active COSA member, such as a principal, assistant principal, central office administrator or superintendent. – scholarships
3/2/20 Racially Diverse Future Teacher Scholarship – Eugene Education Association 12 One $1,000 award to a Eugene area student of color interested in pursuing a teaching career.   Applications are scored on career interest, academic achievement, recommendation from two teachers, involvement in school and community, and a 500 word essay. As a courtesty, please ask for teacher recommendations at least two weeks in advance.
3/2/20 Future Teacher Scholarship – Eugene Education Association 12 Two $1,000 awards to a Eugene area students interested in a teaching career. Applications are scored on career interest, academic achievement, recommendation from two teachers, involvement in community and school activiites, and a 500 word essay. As a courtesy, please give teachers at least two weeks for letters of recommendation.
3/2/20 Portland Trail Blazers Legends Scholarship 12 Renewable awards to Oregon students with financial need who demonstrate strong community service commitments. Ideal candidates persevere in the face of challenges and donate time to improve the lives of those around them. GPA 2.0+ required. Apply through Oregon Student Acess Coalition (OSAC) portal. FAFSA is required.
3/2/20 Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship 12 Application made through OSAC. Requirements: 2.80 GPA, attend OR public or non-profit college, 500 word essay (examining ways in which principles espoused by Senator Morse are reflected in applicant’s past actions or future plans). Considerations:  applicant’s academics, community service, individual achievements, financial need. Apply through OSAC at;
3/2/20 Ford Family Foundation 12+ Up to 125 renewable scholarships awards to students with financial need from Oregon who will attend an Oregon school. Amounts are up to 90% of the recipient’s unmet financial need with a limit of $40,000 per year. Scholarship award and are calculated annually, depending on the college Cost of Attendance. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA may not exceed $6,000. Requires 3.0+ GPA or submit a special counselor 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. Must demonstrate leadership potential, good character, and work ethic. Volunteer, community service, and work experience preferred. Requires FAFSA or ORSAA. Open to undocumented residents. See for more info.
3/2/20 Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship 12+ $1,000 awards to Lane County students pursuing forestry or agriculture related programs, and children/grandchildren of a current LCFB member.  Students demonstrating involvement in these fields recieve priority consideration. Examples include coursework, 4-H or FFA activities, participation in county fairs, involvement with farms/ranches and/or volunteer or work related to forestry or agriculture. Criteria includes field of study, academic standing, and initiative. Apply through OSAC.
3/2/20 Seneca Scholarship 12 One $10,000 scholarship to an Oregon senior. Not based on GPA, test scores, financial need, or intended college major. Requires a 5- to 7-page essay about forest management and three interviews with people who work in the natural resource industry. Career Center parent volunteer Bree Bouse has experience in the forest industry and can help connect applicants with interviewees. Apply through OSAC.
3/2/20 OSAC – Oregon Student Access Commission (Regular 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. The application requires transcripts and personal statements. No minimum GPA or financial-need requirement for some scholarships. Completed FAFSA or ORSAA application recommended. Undocumented students welcome to apply.
3/2/20 Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship  11-12 3 awards ($1000, $750, $500) to Oregon students for their original essay, poem or narrative work, in 600 words or less, on the question: “How would an effective movement for climate justice benefit immigrant communities?”
3/3/20 Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Scholarship 12 Awards to children of a Marine or a Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine unit. Minimum 2.0 GPA and with a family adjusted gross income less than $103,000. Must plan to attend a college or career training school. Award renewable for four years. Transcript and photograph of self required.
3/6/20 Oregon Community Leadership Scholarship – Harrington Family Foundation 12 Four renewable awards of $4,000 ($16,000 total) to emerging student leaders with financial need, from Oregon high schools, planning to attend an Oregon university, college or trade school. The scholarship focus is involvement in community, rather than academic or athletic performance. Online application requires one-page personal essay and 2 letters of recommendation.
3/6/20 Tzu Chi Scholars 12+ $1000 awards to students with financial need based on academic achievement and community involvement. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Requires transcript, proof of financial hardship, 2 letters of recommendation, autobiography and essay.
3/11/20 Eugene Masonic Lodge #11 12 One $3,000 award to a SEHS student planning to attend an Oregon public college, university or trade/vocational program. The defining element of this award is community involvement (in school or outside), though work is a reasonable substitute. Financial need is a lesser consideration. Successful candidates will generally be in the 3.0-3.5 GPA range. Return self-nomination forms to the Career Center by March 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm for consideration.
3/11/20 Oregon Federation of Women’s Clubs Fine Art Scholarships Contest One award of $200 for essay submission on the topic: “growth in service”. The prompt invitites competitors to share a personal experience volunteering for community service. The contest is open to all graduating high school senior students who will be attending college in the Fall and reside in Oregon.
3/15/20 ZONTA Young Women in Public Affairs Awards 10-12 $1000 local award to women age 16-19 based on volunteerism, participation in local and/or student government, leadership achievements, knowledge and advocacy of Zonta. The application requires two recommendations. In addition to local contests, the organization awards $4,000 to ten international finalists.
3/20/20 Asian American Youth Leadership Conference (AAYLC) Logo Contest 9-12 Design a logo to be used for the Asian American Youth League Conference. The winner(s) will be recognized on April 24, 2020, at the conference on the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College. Design should emphasize this year’s conference theme: “Power Up.”
3/20/20 Paul Duong Memorial Scholarship Awards 12 $500, $1000, $1500 awards to students who have previously attended the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference or will attend the 2020 conference on Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College.  Requires application, essay, resume, list of extracurricular activities and community service, two references and high school transcript. Scholarship winners will be announced at the conference and may be asked to read their essays to conference participants.
3/26/20 OCCI Oregon Coast Invitational Culinary Competition 9-12 Culinary competition for high school students held April 17-18, 2020. hosted by Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI).  Every student participant will receive a $250 scholarship to OCCI. Winners in culinary and baking categories receive OCCI scholarships: 1st place $4,000; 2nd place $3,000; 3rd place $2,000. Each category has a limit of 24 competitors. Entry secured by completion and receipt of “Intent to Compete Form,” available from OCCI. Contact Del Clark at for an entry form.

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.

SEHS MASTER SCHOLARSHIP LIST: List of scholarships publicized by South Eugene High School each year. Due dates and scholarship descriptions subject to change without notice.

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: Basic information about financing a college education. Created by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).



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.”


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