Columbia River High School Career Center

CR Scholarship Opportunities

Quest Bridge Scholarship Program
This is a college prep scholarship open to juniors from low income families with a 3.5 or about taking challenging course loads. The program connects high-achieving low-income students to full, four-year scholarships to the nation's best colleges and universities. Deadline to apply is September 27, 2017.
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.
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. The deadline to register is December 6, 2017, the completed application package deadline is December 13, 2017.
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support and encourage Hispanics to continue their higher education. Applicants must be of Hispanic ancestry and residents of Oregon or Clark County, Washington, U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals, who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and enrolling in a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Applications will be available in late November and remain open until January 28, 2018.
WAVA Phyllis Lawson Scholarship
Open to high school seniors in the state of Washington who have distinguished themselves in the field of Career and Technical Education during high school. A total of five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students in the state of Washington. Applications must be turned in to the Columbia River High School Career Center by January 19, 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 on December 15, 2017.
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 27, 2017. Applications must be turned into a local Elks lodge. See the Career Center for complete information.
Vancouver Rotary Foundation
Awarding $80,000 in college and vocational scholarships. Seniors in high school may apply who are committed to community and family service. Academics are important but not critical. Scholarships may be used for continuing education in Washington and Oregon only. Deadline to apply February 8, 2018.
Better Business Bureau Foundation Scholarship
Open to seniors in the class of 2018. Includes producing a 90 second video regarding the Better Business Bureau. Go to the website for complete info. May be done as a team with up to three students participating. Deadline to apply is February 13, 2018.
Aaron Eccleston Scholarship
Scholarship open to Columbia River Seniors who have demonstrated a sincere interest in instrumental music and are pursuing a post secondary education. Applications must be submitted to the Columbia River High School Career Center not later than Friday, March 2,2018 at 3 pm.
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.
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 2018. Deadline to apply April 29, 2018.
B. Davis Scholarship
Open to juniors and seniors. The application includes an essay on the topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. Deadline to apply May 22, 2018.
Big Sun Scholarship
The BigSun Organization is offering this $500.00 scholarship to senior athletes. Deadline to apply June 19, 2018.
Careers That Work
Three scholarships awarded at CR to students who have applied to a participating technical school in the Northwest. Contact the CR Career Center for more information. Deadline to apply is June 19, 2017.
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.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Scholarship opportunity for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success. Application process opens on September 14, 2017 and the deadline to apply is January 11, 2018
AED Superstore College Scholarship
AED Superstore is a nationwide distributor of automated external defibrillators and related accessories dedicated to increasing awareness and education around CPR and AEDs. AED Superstore is located in northern Wisconsin and operates under Allied 100, LLC. AED Superstore is offering a bi-annual scholarship of $1,000 to eligible students. This is an essay competition which may be submitted in written or video format. Applicants must be a legal resident of the U.S. and either a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited university. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.



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?