Hudson's Bay High School Career Center

General Information About Scholarships

A-Z of Financial Aid & Scholarships Workshops at WSU Vancouver
All students and parents welcome to attend free sessions to learn how to look for scholarships and how to do your best on the applications. The workshops also cover how to file a FAFSA/WASFA to ask the government for financial aid to help pay for college expenses. You do NOT have to intend to attend WSU Vancouver to be welcome any of these sessions January 21 - May 13, 2017.
How to improve your chances of winning scholarships
Students who win the most scholarship money are organized and strategic in their effort. Here's what they do to enhance their odds of being awarded merit money.
Avoid getting scammed!
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2017 Scholarships
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25 Great Scholarships for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Whether you are an avid outdoor sports adventurist, aspiring nature conservationist, or simply an outdoor recreation junky, there are numerous scholarships for outdoor enthusiasts just like you. If you are searching for more resources to afford gaining a college degree, the following are 25 of the most generous outdoor recreation scholarships to help you in achieving your professional goals. This list includes the VANCOUVER WILDLIFE LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Varied
A & F Scholarship (essay contest)
One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior whose essay is judged best. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. ESSAY TOPIC: Every generation faces new challenges and new problems. What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations? How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice? APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 12, 2017
2017 Student-View Scholarship Program
For seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community college or vocational-technical school. One $4,000 scholarship, two $1,000 scholarships and nine $500 scholarships will be awarded this spring. To enter, you go to and complete an application survey about colleges in your area. The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 10, 2017.
AES Scholarship
The AES Scholarship will award $500 to a senior student that plans to attend a post-secondary school. The student should demonstrate strong character. APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 7th, 2017.
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Scholarship
The AMAC Foundation works alongside AMAC and is dedicated to advancing minorities and women pursuing careers in the aviation industry. The foundation develops educational programs, scholarship and mentorship opportunities, and shares information to support aviation and airport industry professionals, from college students beginning their careers to seasoned professionals. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
The Alert Scholarship
You can help others become more alert by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Eligibility: 2.5 GPA or better, high school senior, plans to attend college. No deadline date.
Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships
Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree - 510 Awards to be given out •Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2017 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by Fall 2017 •Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States •Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA) •Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity •Be involved in community service activities •Be younger than 30 years old •Be a United States citizen Rolling deadline - apply ASAP
Be The Whale Scholarship
"Be The Whale" project is a nationwide scholarship program focusing on awareness of endangered species. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Big Sun Scholarship
Amount of Award: $500. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. APPLICATION DEADLINE:June 1, 2017
Building Industry Association of Clark County
Building Futures Foundation The Building Futures Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation, which raises money via donations and event contributions, in an effort to award annual scholarships to local students pursuing an education and future career in the building trades. APPLICATION PROCESS BEGINS: April 2017
"Careers That Work!" scholarships for career/technical college students
Apply for a scholarship from this organization if you plan to attend a private technical college in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. See your career specialist for more information.
Rachel Carson Scholarship
The Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award will be awarded to one deserving student nominated from each high school and community college across the United States who embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson in his or her dedication to sustainability and community development. Students must be nominated by a teacher, school counselor or advisor, and nominations are due by April 1, 2017.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
Several scholarships offered for students of Chinese descent. Included: Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarship, Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarship, David Lee Quan Memorial Scholarship, C.A.C.A. Essay Contest, and the National Art Competition. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Varied
Clark College Foundation Scholarships
To apply for multiple scholarships with one application, complete the Clark College Foundation Scholarship Application online. To qualify, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, complete the entire application, submit transcripts and recommendation letters, and attend Clark College during the 2016-17 academic year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 19, 2017
Clark County Fair Scholarship
To be eligible to apply for a Clark County Fair Association Exhibitor Scholarship, applicant must have been actively involved in 4-H, FFA, or Open Class at the Clark County Fair. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates to be eligible to apply for a Clark County Fair Association Scholarship. Dependents of the Clark County Fair Association Board of Directors and the dependents of FSMG employees are eligible for the Clark County Fair Association Scholarship program. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 17, 2017
Kyle Comeau Memorial Arts Scholarship
An annual scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 will be awarded to a qualifying student of the Arts that fall under the hands-on format. Mediums such as, but not limited to, drawing, painting, airbrushing, sculpture (clay or metal), photography, music, etc. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students!
Aaron Eccleston Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to a graduating senior of Vancouver Public Schools to attend an accredited two-year community college or four-year college or university. This $1000 scholarship encourages and supports its recipient to pursue a post secondary education and will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated a sincere interest in instrumental music and is of outstanding character. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Everest College - Zenith American Dream Scholarship
Students who receive a written reference from a leader in the local community are eligible to apply for the Zenith American Dream New Student Scholarship. Scholarship to be used at Everest College. NO DEADLINE
The Evergreen Basketball Officials Association $500 college scholarship
The Evergreen Basketball Officials Association (EBOA)is offering a $500 college scholarship to one Senior Boy and one Senior Girl who plays varsity basketball or is a member of the ROTC. Applicants should show leadership on their team/unit, contributions to the community, and academic excellence. Applicants need to access the following website: in order to apply. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Fisher & Talwar General Scholarship
To apply, applicants must submit: A completed application. A 500 word essay on the following topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing an education? A valid transcript reflecting current standing and minimum required GPA of 3.0. Also, proof of acceptance and enrollment. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2017
The Grimm Enterprise
Eligibility: A graduating Hudson's Bay student with plans to enroll in college, community college, career or technical education program in Fall 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 12, 2017 in the Career Center
Hokulani Washington Fund Scholarship
Estelle Kelley established this scholarship fund to support the ability of others with less means to experience the life gift of education marked by openness, critical inquiry, and strong development of emotional values. She believes that ongoing education is a key factor in enriching and sustaining lives that honor individuals' uniqueness. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2017
Humanists of Greater Portland Scholarship
The Humanists of Greater Portland is sponsoring it's 6th annual essay contest. The winner will be awarded a $3,000.00 scholarship. The contestants must be college-bound seniors, residents of the greater Portland area, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. An essay topic is provided on the website. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2017
"Imagine America" Scholarship & Awards Program for career/technical college students
Nearly 800 career colleges participate in the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs. If you are a student enrolling in one of these schools, you could be eligible to receive a scholarship or award.
INCIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS for seniors with a documented disability
As many as 100 scholarships, ranging in value from $500-$2500 (renewable for as many as four years of college or university, will be awarded.
Scott Johnson Open Government Essay Contest
All high school students, grades nine through twelve, in all Washington public and private high schools, as well as home-schooled students at the equivalent stage of their education are encouraged to submit an entry. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and an honorary one-year nonvoting membership on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
KMR Group Foundation Scholarships
ELIGIBILITY: • Applicant must be a high school senior graduating from an accredited Vancouver, WA high school. • Applicant must be currently enrolled or will be enrolled in Clark College or Washington State University beginning fall term or semester. • Applicant must attend college full-time (12 credits or more) for the entire academic year. • Applicant must be considered a student in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a permanent resident ID card or current passport. • Applicant must be in need of financial assistance. Every spring the KMR Group Foundation awards a number of scholarships to Vancouver, WA high school seniors for undergraduate study. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,500 per school year and may be renewable for up to two years, provided the recipient conforms to the requirements set forth in the award. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Knowledge Matters Offers Virtual Business Scholarship
The scholarship is for high school business, marketing, personal finance and family & consumer science students currently enrolled in their junior and senior years of high school throughout the United States. This scholarship is intended to help eligible applicants defray the costs of their continuing education. The scholarship applications will be judged nationally and the winner will receive $2,000. NOMINATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who have submitted completed applications to the Selection Committee as directed on the application forms. The recipients will be selected using the following criteria: scholarship, leadership in school, community activities, and financial need. Three scholarships will be awarded and at least one scholarship will be awarded to a student who attends a college in Oregon or Washington State. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 11, 2017
Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school. If you have questions, please contact Christen Battaglia (703) 737-0627, The Scholarship website is at APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2017.
Our Three Moms Scholarship Foundation
The Our Three Moms Scholarship fund has been established to provide a one-time, $5,000 college tuition scholarship to a Fort Vancouver or Hudson’s Bay High School graduating senior who is currently living in a single-parent household. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who meets the eligibility requirements, is of good standing at school and in the community, demonstrates financial need and has endured personal and/or family challenges in their lives. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
Gordon Patterson Memorial Scholarship
This $1,100 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Hudson's Bay High School who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a technical training program or post secondary institution and has a personal history of community service and displays strong character, work ethic and leadership abilities. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Passport for Foster Youth Scholarship
The Passport to College Promise Scholarship program helps students from foster care prepare for and succeed in college. In the 2013-14 academic year, the program served about 400 students, with a maximum annual award of $4,500. Through Passport, students receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses) and specialized support services from college staff.
Pointe Pest Control
Scholarship for students planning to attend a Washington College. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 27, 2017
David Lee Quan Scholarship
The scholarship recipients will be selected from applicants who have submitted completed applications to the Selection Committee as directed on the application forms. The recipients will be selected using the following criteria: scholarship, leadership in school, community activities, financial need, and majoring in a medical or science related profession. One scholarship will be awarded. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 11, 2017
Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars Program
Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible. Applicants must be high school juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year. We seek students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2017
QuestBridge National College Match
The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. This scholarship opens in the summer to students about to begin their senior year. Deadline is typically at the end of September each year.
Scholarships for students who are cancer survivors (and siblings and children of cancer patients)
Please see this site for several scholarship opportunities.
Twin Star Credit Union Scholarship
TwinStar Credit Union will award fifteen $2,000 scholarships to members who will be graduating from high school in 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
University of Washington Nikkei Scholarship
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington.
UW Nikkei Scholarship
Scholarship applications are available at all local high schools and at the UW Financial Aid Office. Nikkei undergrad and grad students who plan to attend the UW on a full time basis are eligible. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2017
Vancouver Methodist Scholarship
Applications available to seniors in Clark County. The scholarship considers financial need, letters of recommendation, personal goals and academic achievement. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
VAPA Scholarship - Vancouver Association of Prinicpals and Associates
The Vancouver Association of Principals and Associate Principals is pleased to announce that again this year they will be sponsoring a scholarship program for Vancouver Public Schools graduating seniors. The Scholarship is open to all VPS seniors who plan to pursue a career in K-12 education. This competitive scholarship will take note of academic achievement, participation in school activities beyond the classroom, and service to the community. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
VFW Young American Ceative Art Award
The VFW Auxiliary Post 7824 sponsors a "Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Scholarship" for students in 9 through 12 grades in public, private, parochial schools and home schooling. All you need to do is submit a patriotic art piece per the contest rules. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
Volker Memorial Scholarship
This is a renewable scholarship for a maximum of three years to be awarded to an individual who meets the eligibility requirements listed, demonstrates financial need and is of good standing at school and in the community. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017
WA - Career Counseling Scholarship
WA-CCER will award one $500 scholarship to qualified graduating seniors. The scholarship shall be used for tuition and other direct school expenses at an accredited two-year community or technical college or four-year college or university. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who have completed an outstanding High School and Beyond Plan and plans to attend a two-year community/technical college or a four-year college or university as a full-time student. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Washington ACTE Memorial Teacher Education Scholarship
The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's Memorial Teacher Education Scholarship was established in memory of deceased career and technical educators who served students, as well as the public in general, by dedicating their lives to the betterment of occupations and service to people. The goal of this scholarship is to assist qualified students pursuing a degree in career and technical teacher education. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship
The Smart Choices Scholarship recognizes graduating seniors from the WIAA member high schools for excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service. There are (2) $5,000 and (8) $1,000 scholarship awards. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship
Each year, more than 3,500 high school students from across the country participate in the VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 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?