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.
Jack and Carol Kelly Scholarship
Seniors pursuing a course of study leading to a career in business. Applicant must be graduating on time from a high school in Clark County, Washington or be a child of an employee of Instrument Sales and Services. Deadline to apply April 30, 2019.
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.
WACTA 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 17, 2019.
2019 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, 2019.
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.
The Links Incorporated Scholarship
The Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2019 Educational and Arts Scholarships. The recipients will be selected from graduating African American high school seniors who have demonstrated scholastic potential, high achievement, and leadership ability. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 and be a residents of the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon including Clark County, Washington. Applications must be postmarked by February 23, 2019.
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.
WSECU Scholarship
Applications are available until February 18, 2019 online. Applicants must be a member of the Washington State Employees Credit Union. Applicant must be enrolling fulltime for fall semester 2019 and working towards a first degree. A total of $65,000 will be awarded divided as $2,500 scholarships to applicants who will be attending four-year schools and $1,500 scholarships to applicants attending two-year college or vocational schools. Check out the website for more information.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Open to high school seniors who will be pursuing one of the eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care. See website for complete list. Must be continuing their education at one of the eligible Washington State colleges/universities. The applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applications are open until February 28, 2019
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.
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, 2019.
Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Applicants must be seniors in high school applying to Colleges or Universities within the state of Washington found on the list of eligible schools on the application website. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000. Applications may be submitted between February 28, 2019.
Robert J. Handy and WSSR-Foundation Scholarships
These awards are given to students who wish to have a career in the "field of education". Their degree could be in one of these majors: Teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist. To access the online application go to the website and click on Forms & Files and then in the drop down menu click on Scholarship Application. Follow the instructions on the application. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019
Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship Fund
Scholarship provided to students between the ages of 16 and 25 who reside in a Hearthstone Housing Foundation property or be a resident in a county where a Hearthstone property is located. Must maintain a 3.0 cum gpa, must be from a low-income household or demonstrate financial need. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2010.
KMR Group Foundation Scholarship
Every spring the KMR Group Foundation awards a number of scholarships to high school seniors in Clark and Cowlitz counties who are pursuing undergraduate studies. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,500 per school year and may be renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient conforms to the requirements set forth in the award. Applicants must be a high school senior in Clark or Cowlitz counties, they must be currently enrolled or will be enrolled at Clark College or Washington State University in Vancouver. In addition applicants must be attending college full-time (12 credits or more per term or semester), must have a cum 3.0 GPA or higher, must be a US citizen or a permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or valid passport and must be in need of financial assistance. The application will open in December 2018 and close in March of 2019.
Captain Chris Stover Scholarship
Open to seniors who play varsity basketball or are a member of ROTC. This scholarship is in memory of US Air Force Captain Christopher Stover, a former Evergreen high school student, US Air Force Academy graduate and Pilot, and son of current EBOA official Rick Stover. Chris was tragically killed in 2014 during a helicopter training mission while preparing for another deployment. Applicants need to show leadership on their team/unit, contributions to the community, and academic excellence. Deadline to apply is March 29, 2019.
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship
The WIAA, Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires are pleased to announce the fifth annual Smart Choices College Scholarship which will recognize one female and one male high school student for their achievements in athletics/activities, the community, and the classroom with a $5,000 college scholarship to the college or university of their choice. In addition, eight finalists will receive $1,000 scholarships. Application deadline is April 1, 2019.
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.
Grimm Enterprises Scholarship
Open to Columbia River High School Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Financial need must be exhibited. Stronger consideration will be given to students who will be staying in the state of Washington to continue their education. Applicants should have a strong community service record. Applications must be submitted to the Columbia River Career Center by Friday, April 26, 2019 at noon.
Humanists of Greater Portland
Open to seniors living in the Greater Portland area with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This is an essay competition. Deadline to apply April 18, 2019.
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.
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 24, 2019.
Community Foundation Southwest Washington
A Variety of scholarship funds that help local seniors pay for ongoing education. Each scholarship has a unique set of criteria. Last year $430,254 was awarded to 225 students. Applications are available beginning January 1, 2019. There are many scholarships and many different deadlines. Check this website out!
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultant Scholarship
Submit an essay on selected topic available on the Abbott and Fenner web-site. Open to seniors. Deadline to apply June 19, 2019.
Big Sun Scholarship
The BigSun Organization is offering this $500.00 scholarship to senior athletes. Deadline to apply June 19, 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.
Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation General Scholarship
Open to students who have a parent who has served or is currently serving in the Marines. The application will open January 1, 2019 and close on March 1. Students pursuing an Associates or Bachelors degree at any level are urged to apply. Apply at
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Career & Technical Education Scholarship
Open to students who have a parent who has served or is serving in the Marines. This scholarship is offered to students who are continuing their education at a career or technical school. Application opens on January 1, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2019. Go to to apply.
Clark County Fair Association
Applicants must have been actively involved in 4-H, FFA or Open Class at the Clark County Fair. Must be enrolling in college for the Fall semester of 2019. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.
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.
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.
Science and Technology Scholarship Options Eastern Oregon University
Open to students interested in pursuing a career in STEM at Eastern Oregon University. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.
WA-CCER High School and Beyond Plan Scholarship
Seniors may apply for this $500 scholarship. Applicants may be enrolling in a technical program, two year community college or a four year college or university. Awards will be based on the completion of an outstanding High School and Beyond Plan portfolio.
Ewing C Kelly Scholarship
Open to high school seniors in the state of Washington. Applicants are judged on citizenship, academic achievement and financial need. Last year 48 $2,500 scholarships were awarded. Applications must be postmarked by March 10, 2019.
Roy F. Mather Scholarship
Open to high school seniors who will be pursuing a degree in engineering. Applicants must be a resident of Clark County, Washington and have a minimum of 3.5 GPA. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019
Jay and Diane Zidell Scholarship
Applicants must be employed a minimum of 10 hours per week while attending college. They must be a resident of Clark County. The application is open from January through April, 2019.
Passport to College
Applicants must have spent at least one year in foster care after their 15th birthday and be a Washington state resident. They must enroll at least half time in college by their 22nd birthday. The application is open continuously throughout the year.
Point Foundation
Applicants must be LGBTQ persons who are enrolled as full-time students in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year college or university as of fall 2019. The application closes on January 28, 2019.
Vancouver Rotary Foundation Scholarship
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 10, 2019. Better Business Bureau Foundation Scholarship
Imagine America Scholarship
This scholarship is for high school seniors or recent graduates planning to attend a career school participating in the Imagine America High School Scholarship program. Applicants must have a cum GPA of 2.5 or above and enroll in a participating career college.
Altec Design Web Scholarship
This scholarship is open to students pursuing any major at an accredited institution. The winner will be awarded $750 to pursue their education. The deadline to apply is 7/15/19.
PNACAC Student Scholarship
Seniors with a 3.0 CUM GPA or higher who reside in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana or Idaho are invited to apply for this scholarship. There will be five $1,000 scholarships awarded. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.



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?