Fort Vancouver High School Career Center


SENIORS YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF GETTING THIS ONE! Requirements: Applicants must submit: 1. Application Checklist Coversheet (must accompany your application with items included checked off) 2. The Scholarship Application Sheet (must accompany your application) 3. An essay of approximately 300 words describing your life experiences and educational goals as related to the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self” (Please see the section on preparing an application for further information on writing an essay) 4. A summary of your leadership activities (approximately 200 words) 5. A summary of your community service activities (approximately 200 words) (Please see the section on preparing an application to find out what we mean by Leadership and Service.) 6. One or two letters of recommendation from school officials and others
The Foundation of Southwest Washington has a variety of scholarship available to students. Please click on the link and explore your opportunities through their website.
ELIGIBILITY: All grades 9 - 12 High School Students AWARD AMOUNT: Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 DEADLINE: Ongoing (Annual) , Every October 31st 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) HOW TO APPLY: Choose ONE prompt from below and submit a well thought out essay or video How have your family, parents, school, and teachers influenced who you are today? Use personal experiences to support your answer. How much freedom should parents give their children? Use personal experiences to support your answer. What are some dangers that youth may face on the internet? Use personal experiences, news articles, or research to support your answer. What should you do if you or a friend is bullied on the web? Please discuss solutions for both scenarios. Use personal experiences to support your answer. Discuss ways that youth can use the internet or social media to positively impact their communities. Use personal experiences to support your answer. To apply, fill out our short form here: KidGuard for Education Scholarship Application



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?