Graduate School Scholarships & Grants: Free Grants for Graduate Students

National scholarship search platforms and other financial-aid opportunities.


Last updated 1/31/2023
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Due Date Scholarship Name Grade Description How to Apply
Open Now! Oregon Opportunity Grant 12 The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program for students attending college at an Oregon school. Approximately 40,000 students receive Opportunity Grants each year. Awards range from $1,500-$3,600 for students attending community college, to $2,352-$4,692 for students attending four-year college. Apply by filing the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. There is no firm application deadline; grants are awarded until funds are exhausted on a first-come, first-served basis.
2/1/23  Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation (ESA)  12 Multiple $500-$2,600 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.
2/6/23  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.
2/10/23  AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships  10-12 80 – $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.
2/15/23  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.
2/15/23  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.
2/15/23 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.
2/17/23  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: You choose! (But choose wisely! Pick positive messages and language. See rules for complete guidance.) First-place winners’ schools will receive a matching donation.
2/23/23  The Coolidge Scholarship  11 Two to three full-ride scholarships for academically excellent students in their junior year with interest in public policy and community service. An additional 100 of the top applicants are named Coolidge Senators and  are invited, all-expenses-paid, to participate in the Senators Summit that takes place each summer in Washington, D.C.  Requires two letters of recommendation (see website for specific instructions for a letter of recommendation).
2/28/23  Big Future (College Board) Scholarship     10-12 Monthly drawings for awards of $500 and $40,000 to students in their sophmore through senior year.  Entries are made for completing steps to prepare for college through their College Board account. Students enter prize drawings as they complete preparation steps including: build a college list, practice for the SAT, complete your FAFSA, and more. The more steps completed, the more drawings students are eligible to enter. Deadlines vary by task. Final deadline is February of the senior year. No citizenship required.
2/28/23 Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Competition  9-12 Awards from $100 – $1,000 for top essays composed during virtual competition for Oregon or Clark County, WA, students. Essays will be written in English not to exceed 500 words on on a subject regarding the Chinese in the U.S. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest. Open to all students regardless of their ancestry. Contestant will have 90 minutes to compose essay. This year’s contest will be held virtually on Zoom on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Must preregister by 2/28/23.
2/28/23  Pathways in Education Opportunities  12+ Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to local students interested in pursuing a career in education, and will be attending UO, LCC, Pacific, or Bushnell. Includes ongoing mentoring. Applicants who are be able to speak multiple languages, are culturally diverse, and/or are first-generation college students are top candidates. Requires resume, unofficial transcript, essay, supplemental questions, and three completed recommendation forms. Application portal opens February 1. If you have any questions, please contact the Teacher Pathways Program Specialist, Chemika Bolden at 541-461-8235 or
3/1/23  COSA – Confederation of Oregon School Administrators Youth Development Scholarships  12 Five $1,000 scholarships to Oregon high school seniors planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade or professional/technical school. 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. Requires activity in school & community activities, 3.5+ GPA, & personal statement. Applications must be signed and endorsed by an active COSA member/school administrator. Before applying, please contact Lori Sauter ( to inquire about the COSA member endorsement requirement.
3/1/23  Ford Family Foundation Ford Scholars Program  12+ Up to 130 renewable 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. Amount is calculated annually, depending on the college Cost of Attendance. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA may not exceed $6,000. Recipient also receives academic guidance, leadership development, personal and professional support, and access to the Ford Family alumni network. Must demonstrate leadership potential, good character, and work ethic. Volunteer, community service, and work experience preferred. Requires transcript and three personal statements. Minimum 3.0 GPA or submit a special counselor recommendation. Please allow two weeks for counselor recommendation. Requires FAFSA or ORSAA. Open to undocumented residents.
3/1/23  SAIL  12 Scholarships 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 one or more SAIL summer programs and have attended 3 or more pre-college activities during the school year (visits,career/college events, etc.). Application and 250 word essay required.
3/1/23  Theodore and Dorothy Schultz Memorial Scholarship   12 Award to a Eugene area student (Eugene 4J and Bethel Districts) with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5 (preferred) who will attend a 2- or 4-year school. This is a one-time award. FAFSA is required, but financial need may or may not be considered. Apply through Oregon Student Access Coalition (OSAC) portal. The early-bird deadline is 2/15/23.
3/1/23  UO SAIL Housing Scholarship    12 The SAIL Housing Scholarship will provide $15,000 toward room and meal charges for students beginning Fall 2023 who will be living in UO on-campus residence halls. Applicants must be admitted and plan to attend the UO, have participated in ONE or more SAIL summer programs, and be a Pathway Oregon Scholarship recipient. Submit application form, UO Pathway acceptance letter, and an essay describing how a campus housing scholarship will enhance your academic goals and include how this scholarship will increase your ability to contribute to the University.
3/1/23    Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Trade/Vocation Scholarship    12+ college Awards of variable amounts to Native American students pursing a trade or vocation at an Oregon school. Renewable for up to four years, the scholarship is awarded on: participation in school or community activities; personal accomplishments or achievements; preference given to students who have a demonstrated commitment to and involvement in the Native American community; open to students with a Certification of tribal enrollment or descendants of enrolled members. The application includes transcripts and four personal statements of 250 words, or less. Apply through OSAC.
3/2/23  LCC Foundation   12 Hundreds of scholarships available for students with various career interests and GPAs planning to attend LCC. Use one online application to apply for multiple scholarships ranging from $300 to $7,000. A completed FAFSA or ORSAA is required for some but not all scholarships. Requires unofficial transcript and essay questions. Undocumented students are welcome to apply. Must apply for LCC before applying for LCC Foundation scholarships.

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 2019. Use this as a list of tentative scholarship opportunities offered throughout the school year, not a list of guaranteed scholarships. Due dates, scholarship descriptions, and active/inactive status of scholarships on the linked master are subject to change without notice. The table above is taken from a more recent 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).



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.”


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


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


  • 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.


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


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