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.

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wikibuy Scholarship
The annual Wikibuy eCommerce and Online Retail Scholarship was established in 2018 to recognize current business majors and minors who demonstrate academic excellence and strong entrepreneurial thinking. Special consideration will be given to students interested in pursuing a career in online retail and eCommerce.The deadline to apply is August 21, 2018.
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.
National Army ROTC Scholarship
Open enrollement begins June 12, 2018 for next school year's National Army ROTC Scholarship. Current high school Juniors may apply. The college placement test (SAT/ACT) and high school transcripts are required for the on-line application. The student's goal should be, to complete the application packet before the first national board deadline on October 13, 2018. Scholarships are competitive and not based on financial need.
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.



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?