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 March 21, 2018.
AES Engineering Scholarship
Essay scholarship competition open to high school seniors. This scholarship is intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. You are not required to take Engineering courses to be eligible. Deadline for entry is October 6, 2018.
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.
The Links Incorporated Scholarship
The Portland Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2017 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, 2018.
College Success Foundation - 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, 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.
Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship
This is a $5,000 renewable scholarship given to students from the Pacific Rim states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii; preference will be given to students of Japanese or other Asian ancestry, including multi-ethnic Asians. The deadline for application is March 1, 2018.
Lambeth Family Scholarship
This scholarship, designed to honor and financially support students pursuing a degree in engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or business, supports high school seniors in Washington State who will study at a public university, community college or technical school. This scholarship varies from $1000 to $3000 dollars and is renewable for up to 4 years. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018
Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship
Created in honor of Bellingham native Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson, this scholarship supports students from Washington State who intend on studying at the University of Washington or Western Washington University. This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. Information may also be obtained through
Alden Landis Memorial Scholarship
The Alden Landis Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Alden Landis, who died while serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa. The scholarship is intended for current high school students (grades 10-12) who demonstrate financial need and who successfully apply for enrollment in a summer study abroad, service trip, or a gap year program fun by a 501(c)(3) public charity. Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service and learning about other cultures. This application is open from February 11 to March 23, 2018. More information is also available at
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.
College Success Foundation - 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, 2018.
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 2, 2018
iQ Credit Union Scholarship
Applicants must be a primary member of iQ Credit Union prior to making scholarship application. They must be a graduating high school senior of have completed high school equivalency. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative gpa and be enrolling in a community college or four-year university for the fall of 2018. Deadline to apply March 10, 2018.
Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship
Established to honor Patricia Fisher, a Puget Sound native, journalist, educator and role model, this scholarship was established by the Seattle Association of Black Journalists to support students of color who pursue college careers in journalism. This scholarship ranges from $500-$2500. The deadline to submit an application is April 7, 2018.
Nora Stone Smith Scholarship
The purpose of the Nora Stone Smith Scholarhsip is to honor and to give financial support to deserving ESL/ELL high school seniors in Washington. This scholarship ranges from $1,000-$2,000 renewable for 2 or 4 years. The deadline for applications is: March 30, 2018. More information is also available on
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, 2018.
Kyle Comeau Memorial Arts Scholarship
This scholarship honors 2007 CR graduate Kyle Comeau. Kyle was an avid artist and musician. His memory is being honored by helping someone else reach their artistic dreams. This scholarship is for seniors who are pursuing further education in the arts at any college or accredited trade school. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.
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. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2018.
TwinStar Credit Union Scholarship
Applicants must be a current high school senior who will graduate in June, 2018. They must be enrolling in an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2018. The applicant must be a member in good standing at the TwinStar Credit Union. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018.
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 30, 2018.
Vancouver Methodist Foundation
Open to high school seniors with strong academics who display financial need. Applicants do not need to be members of a Methodist church. Deadline to apply April 1, 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.
Student Insights Scholarship
Seniors who complete a 15-20 minute application survey about local colleges are entered into a random drawing. There is no minimum SAT/ACT score or GPA, no essay, no lengthy application. Deadline to enter is April 22, 2018.
Humanists of Greater Portland
Open to seniors living in the Greater Portland area with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Essay competition addressing "At times when our nation seems sharply divided, how can Humanist values of scientific inquiry, reason, and critical thinking promote social harmony?" Deadline to apply April 16, 2018.
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.
WA-CCER Scholarship Application
Open to graduating seniors who have participated in an approved WBL Program or Career Choices. The scholarship is to be used for tuition and other direct school expenses at an accredit two- or four-year college or university for the 2018/2019 school year only. The deadline to apply is March 12, 2018.
Building Industry Association Scholarship
Open to high school seniors in Clark County Washington. Selection based on financial need, academic relationship to the building industry, community service, extracurricular involvement, GPA. This scholarship will open for application in March of 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.
Aspiring Nurse Scholarship
Open to graduating seniors who aspire to go into the nursing field. Must demonstrate a record of academic excellence, particularly in science and math with a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare. Scholarships accepted until midnight on August 31, 2018
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 18, 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 22, 2018.
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, 2018 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, 2018 and closes on March 1, 2018. Go to to apply.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
This scholarship is open to students who have a parent who is a marine or navy corpsman attached to a marine unit and has been wounded, ill or injured during times of war and conflict. This scholarship opens on January 1, 2018 and closes March 1, 2018. Apply at
2018 Maddi Higgins Memorial Scholarship
Open to softball players. Deadline to apply is April 26, 2018.
Optimist Club of Vancouver 2018 Scholarship
Any student 18 years old and under before September 30, 2018 are invited to participate in this local public speaking contest. The local contest is on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The Topic of the speech is "Where are my roots of Optimism?". The deadline to submit the application packet is February 28, 2018.
C E Boucher Scholarship
Open to students who are entering an Engineering program at the University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University or the University of Oregon in the fall of 2018. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.
Blacks at Microsoft (BAM!) Scholarship
The mission of Blacks as Microsoft (BAM) African American Heritage Scholarship is to encourage and enable black high school students to go to college, realize the impact technology has on the world and target a career in the technology industry. There is potential for a renewal of $5000 for up to four years for a total of $20,000. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018
Microsoft disAbility Scholarship
The disAbility Scholarship at Microsoft delivers on the mission of Microsoft’s cross disability employee resource group to empower and enable people with disabilities. This scholarship enables high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. In addition, we hope to contribute to increasing the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic. This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000. The scholarship is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Contest
Open to high school students in Oregon or Clark County Washington. Essay contest is open to all students regardless of their ancestry. This is a timed essay competition where participants compose an essay in English not to exceed 500 words on a subject regarding the Chinese in the United States. The exact topic will be announced at the time of the contest. Contest date is March 3, 2018 however entry forms must be completed and postmarked not later than February 28, 2018.
Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship
Students in grades 9-11 who are interested in attending a summer arts program and have demonstrated financial need and talent in the fine or performing arts are invited to apply. Two students will receive $500 towards a summer arts program. Deadline to apply is April 11, 2018.
David Lee Quan Memorial Scholarship
This is a new scholarship being introduced this year to honor David Lee Quan. A $1000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving applicant majoring in the medical or science profession. The deadline date for this application is April 11, 2018.
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 2018. Deadline to apply is March 16, 2018.
WA-CCER High School and Beyond Scholarship
Applicants must be graduating seniors who have completed an outstanding High School and Beyond Plan. They must be enrolling in a two-year community/technical college, a four-year college or university as a full-time student, beginning fall 2018. Applications must be received by March 12, 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?