Columbia River High School Career Center

CR Scholarship Opportunities

Seniors, please report all scholarship offers you receive to the Columbia River Career Center by Wednesday, May 30, 2018.   This information is used for individual recognition at Senior Awards Night, as well as recognition of the Senior class as a whole.  Forms for reporting are available in the Career Center or on the Career Center website.

Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program
The Horatio Alger National Career And Technical Scholarship Program offers 510 scholarships for up to $2,500 each to students pursuing a career or technical certificate/degree at a community college. The scholarships are made possible through Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Walter Scott, Jr., former chairman of the Horatio Alger Association and current president of the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund. The deadline to apply is June 1.
Elks Legacy Award
Open to children and grand children of current Elks members who joined before April 1, 2015. The applicants must be high school seniors. Apply online. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.
Washington Aerospace Scholars
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a dual-phase program specifically designed for high school juniors. This program focuses on topics related to the history and future exploration of space by NASA as well as topics in Earth and space science. Phase I is a 5-month distance learning course created in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides students the opportunity to earn 5 college credits. Phase II is a 6-day residency experience based at The Museum of Flight, in which students plan a human mission to Mars. Applicants must be a Washington resident and U.S. citizen to apply. Deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.
Kaiser Permanente Health Career Scholarship
Open to seniors who are pursuing a career in the health care field. Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $2,000-$10,000. Extra consideration will be given to students who engage in organized health and wellness activities and/or who volunteer in public health settings. See the website for complete information. Applicants must register to complete an application before December 8, 2018, the completed application package deadline is December 15, 2018.
2018 Vancouver Emblem Club
This scholarship is open to seniors who are continuing their education either academically or in a vocational/technical school. Emphasis is placed on need as well as scholastic ability. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship
This scholarship is open to high school seniors. This is an international leadership and service organization which sponsors numerous scholarships annually. Application process opens in the Fall.
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Open to high school seniors. Complete information and application can be found on the Elks website. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. Applications must be turned into a local Elks lodge. See the Career Center for complete information.
Golden Graduate Scholarship
Open to graduating senior AVID students from Columbia River High School. Applicants must have a 3.0 cum gpa or above, participation in sports or other extra-curricular activities while attending Columbia River High School. Must exhibit a personal history of helping others through community service, volunteering or work experience. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have been accepted at a two-year community college, four-year college or vocational technical school for the fall of 2018. Applications must be submitted to the Columbia River Career Center no later than March 2, 2018 at 3 pm.
College Success Foundation - Governors' Scholarship for Foster Youth
The Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth is a scholarship program that helps young men and women who are currently in an open dependency court order in Washington State, or an open dependency tribal court order, continue their education and earn a college degree. Eligible students must meet specific criteria. Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018.
UW Nikkei Alumni Association
For Seniors of Japanese ancestry who will be attending the University of Washington beginning Fall of 2016. Scholarships are offered based on financial need, academic achievement and community service, especially to the Asian-American community. Application due by April 15, 2017.
Pointe Pest Scholarship
Do something good for someone else and include a note telling them to pass it on. Bonus points are awarded for including pictures. Pointe Pest Control wants to hear what good deed you did to help your community. Open to students in the state of Washington who will be college freshman in the fall of 2019. Deadline to apply April 29, 2019.
Beyond Dreaming - Scholarships for Undocumented Students
A guide and list of scholarships for undocumented students in the state of Washington.
Ped-Onc Resource Center
Scholarship resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.
Wendys High School Heisman
Open to members of the class of 2019 who have participated in at least one sport and have maintained a 3.0 cum gpa are qualified to apply. Participation in clubs, activities or outside school activities strongly encouraged. Deadline to apply October 17, 2018 by 3pm Eastern Time.
Cirkled In Scholarship
The Cirkled in scholarship is a $2,500 cash scholarship you can apply to any educational need such as tuition, books, transportation or even a car, immediately after winning it. There are no income brackets, no minimum GPA and no lengthy essay to write. This is the easiest scholarship you will apply for and is completely free. You simply create a profile which can only be seen by the people that you share it with and tell us other than essential school supplies, if you could only keep 3 items in your locker for the rest of the school year, what would they be and why? It only takes a minute! Our goal with this scholarship is to help students pay for their education and help them discover our platform that is designed to increase their chances of getting into the schools that they want. The deadline application is October 31, 2018.
Beyond House Bill 1079 Scholarship List for Undocumented Students
Undocumented students should check out this list of scholarships available. Many scholarships listed with a wide range of requirements, some available for students who are not yet seniors.
Volt Lighting Scholarship
Eligible applicants include students pursuing an education in a STEM program or the child of a parent currently working in the following industries: Manufacturing, Distribution, Engineering, Architecture, Design, or Construction Volt Lighting would like to extend a scholarship opportunity to students whose educational interests are in a STEM program or, to children of parents who work in a STEM industry. VOLT relies heavily on our team’s research, design, and technical knowledge to build durable, affordable, and quality products for our customers. To acknowledge our industry and partners, we’re happy to offer this bi-annual scholarship competition. The scholarship is offered bi-annually from April 1 – July 31, 2018 and September 1 – December 31, 2018.
Volts STEM Scholarship
open to all students enrolled in a STEM-related degree program or to students of which their parents work in a STEM industry to assist with educational and career goals. To apply students will answer one of six essay topics. This STEM scholarship is offered bi-annually from April 1 – July 31, 2018, and September 1 – December 31, 2018. A student will be awarded $500, selected one week following each deadline.
The Cooke College Scholarship Program
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is one of the largest undergraduate scholarship programs available to high-achieving high School seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nations best four-year colleges and universities. Deadline to apply November 20, 2018.
Young Writers Awards
Bennington College writing program to promote excellence in writing at the high school level. Students in grades 10-12 are invited to enter one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction. Deadline to enter is November 1, 2018.
Elks Vocational Grant
Designed to help high school seniors who are U.S. Citizens pursue their vocational education. It may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies at Community College or Technical School. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Dr pepper is awarding over $1,000,000 in tuition to help students reach their biggest goals. We're looking for students ages 18-24 to enter this year's tuition giveaway. The deadline to enter is October 17, 2018.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Open to high school seniors (or home-schooled students) who will be completing their high school diploma in the current academic year. Must not be related to employee of the Coca-cola company. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018
Dell Scholars for AVID Seniors
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation created the Dell Scholars program with the understanding that it takes more than financial help to support students to college graduation. From the start, Dell Scholars was designed as a college completion program that offers support services that go beyond a scholarship check. Today, the Dell Scholars program offers personalized, multifaceted support to Scholars that extends beyond the financial support of $20,000, a laptop, and textbook credits. They offer students and their families services and solutions to address individual and systemic issues that can create major barriers to student success. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018.
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions
Preparing individuals for college and career success is no small task – and it’s never been more important. This is why ACT is recognizing individuals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018
Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop
Learn to Write a Winning Essay! This workshop is open to Juniors and Seniors. Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Columbia Bank Community Room, 101 E. 6th St. Vancouver, Washington 98660 Limited to the first 50 students. Lunch is provided by Chipotle. There is a $5 admission at the door. Surface Go giveaway and other prizes. Questions? Call Tyler Monk 503-432-9755.
The LEAP Rise Above Scholarship
The LEAP Rise Above Scholarship provides financial support for Latinx students who demonstrate advocacy, accountability, perseverance and have shown a commitment to improving their community. If is open to any student regardless of citizenship status. Apply at Deadline to apply November 21, 2018.



So you hope to win a scholarship. . .


Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons. These include good grades, community/school service, leadership, special talent (essay writing, athletic, musical, artistic, etc.), the subject you plan to major in, the career you plan to prepare for, and/or financial need. Some scholarships are awarded on a combination of these factors, while others focus on just one or more of these factors.  Most scholarships are for grade-12 students. However, there are some money-awarding competitions that are open to students in grades 9, 10 and/or 11.


There are 4 main strategies to look for scholarships:

1) Use scholarship “search” websites. Some trustworthy sites are: (for SW Washington students)                    


Websites for DREAMers (undocumented students)


Websites for LGBTQA


Websites for athletes


Websites for Gear Up & application help



2) Check for scholarships in your high school's Career Center about once every three weeks. And check the "Scholarships" page of your high school's Career Center web site. Keep checking all the way through mid-May. Your chances of winning a local competition are far better than your chances of winning a national-scope scholarship competition.


3) Once you apply to any type of college, be sure to ask in that school’s office of scholarships/financial aid what scholarships that school offers to its students for which you are eligible to apply. On average, the main source of scholarships offered to a student is the college or university the student attends.


4) Investigate your family’s affiliations that could make you eligible to apply for scholarships. For example, if a student is an account holder at the iQ Credit Union he/she is eligible to apply for its scholarships in grade 12. Does the student’s church or synagogue have a scholarship program? Does the company the student and/or his parents use for home owner’s or vehicle insurance offer scholarships? Do the student’s parents belong to any clubs or organizations that offer scholarships to its members’ high school-age children? Is/Was a parent in the U.S. military and, if so, does that open up any scholarship possibilities for that person’s child?