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General Information About 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
Abbott & Fenner Scholarship
Available to high school juniors and seniors. Application requires students to submit an essay between 500 & 1000 words. Click on link above for more details. APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 14, 2019
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 2019 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by Fall 2019 •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 APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 25 and October 25. Check the specific scholarship!
APIASF Scholarship Program
For Asian and/or Pacific Islander 12th grade students. Citizenship/legal residency required. Min. cum. GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or a GED. Must apply for FAFSA & submit one letter of recommendation online. $2,500-$20,000 APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 10, 2019
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
APIASF offers scholarship opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander students with financial need to increase their access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal, and professional success. The APIASF General Scholarship Program offers a range of scholarships from one-time $2,500 awards to multiyear $20,000 awards. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 10, 2019
Betancourt-Macias Family Scholarship Foundation
The Betancourt-Macias Family Scholarship Foundation was first and formost founded to support the educational endeavors of undocumented people. As our foundation has grown, so has our capacity. Beyond financial support, we also host community events to bring happiness and joy to our undocumented community during such times of distress. Our foundation also provides workshops for allies to learn how to support undocumented students. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: January 2019
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 19, 2019
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Significant scholarships are awarded to African American high school seniors who plan to attend four-year colleges or universities. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Each year, ten to twenty students are designated Ron Brown Scholars and receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The recipients may use the need and meritbased scholarships to attend the four-year college or university of their choice. Ron Brown scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Nov. 1 and Jan. 9.
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest
The goal of the Cancer Unwrapped Writing Contest is to open a dialogue with teens about the emotions they have felt when dealing with cancer. Teens in Washington State from grades 9-12 are invited to share their stories about cancer in personal essays of 500 to 2,000 words. CONTEST DEADLINE: March 4, 2019
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 June 1, 2019.
National Co-op Scholarship Program
WACE, on behalf of the nine WACE Partner Institutions, is pleased to announce and sponsor its Sixteenth Annual National Co-op Scholarship Program. As the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, WACE will award up to 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,200,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of our Partner Institutions listed on the Scholarship Partners tab. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15, 2019
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students! Click the link to see application deadlines for a variety of scholarships!
County Office Scholarship
($1,000)-Write a 500-1500 word essay for the following prompt"Desribe how one of the local government offices(or tuype of office) listed on our website has improved your own life and/or the lives of people around you"Deadline 10/31
Dell Scholars Program
($20,000)-Places greater emphasis on a student's determination to succeed than just academic record and test scores. GPA requirement is Grit,Potential and Ambition. They reward low-income, highly motivated students.
Do-Over Scholarship
What we learn from our mistakes can often be invaluable - but we're here to help put a price to it. While we can't undo the past, this fun scholarship is available to students looking for a unique way to earn free college money. Our Do-Over Scholarship will award $1,500 to one lucky applicant. Don't let "applying for this scholarship" be that do-over moment for you! APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 30, 2019
Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition. •Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply. •Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks. •High school graduates are not eligible to apply. •Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify. •Male and female students compete separately. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2018
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) National Scholarship Competition
FIDM is a WASC and NASAD accredited college offering an MBA degree, Bachelor's Degrees, and Associates of Arts Degree Programs. The learning environment at FIDM values and rewards hard work, commitment, and excellent. Each year through the National Scholarship Competition, FIDM awards more than $300,000 in scholarships.
"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.
For seniors with cumulative GPA at least 2.5 who plan to enroll in a U.S. accredited college as a full-time student for fall 2018 and are planning to pursue an education and career in an approved human health care field (see list at application website). At least one senior who applies from Hudson’s Bay High School will be awarded a scholarships of $2,000, $5,000 or $10,000. Students must apply online. The scholarship application can be found at the above link. APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 15, 2018, 5:00p.m. PST
The Kelly Foundation of Washington is offering $2,500 awards for its program, the Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to reward students who demonstrate good citizenship while striving to attain their academic goals. Applicants will be judged on their academic merit, extra-curricular achievements - both scholastically and in their community - and financial need. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2019
NAVY ROTC Scholarship - 4 Years
Selected applicants must gain admittance to their university of choice and the university must have a ROTC unit. Selectees receive full tuition and other financial benefits worth up to $180,000.
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 2016-17 academic year, the program served about 340 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), support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs.
Portland State University Scholarships for Out-of-State Students
Out-of-state students are automatically considered for four scholarships by submitting a complete admissions application and ACT/SAT scores for enrollment in Fall 2019. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2019
RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships
Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school! Starting in 9th grade, students can be eligible to start earning scholarships for their achievements in and out of the classroom, like getting good grades, having perfect attendance, leadership roles, participating in sports & clubs, community service, test scores, and more.
Scholarships for students who are cancer survivors (and siblings and children of cancer patients)
Please see this site for several scholarship opportunities.
Seattle University's Sullivan Leadership Award
Seniors who meet Seattle University's admissions standards and who have cumulative GPA ~3.7+ are invited to apply for this 4-year "full ride" scholarship. Nine Sullivan Leadership Awards are granted each year. APPLICATION DEADLINE TO SEATTLE UNIVERSITY AND FOR THE SULLIVAN LEADERSHIP AWARD: Nov. 30, 2018.
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15
The UW DO-IT Scholars Program
Prepares high school students with disabilities for college, careers, leadership, and independent living. For HS sophomore/juniors with a disability. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 30, 2019
ZipRecruiter Scholarship
ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship to the winning high school, college or university student with the most creative entry in our Summer/Fall 2018 Scholarship Promotion. The Grand Prize Winner each semester will receive the $3,000 scholarship. Deadline December 31, 2018
Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
($2,000) - In 250 words or less submit a response to the the question: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2018
Elks National Foundation
Most Valuable Student Scholarship gifts amount range from $4000-$50,000
CJ Pony Parts Video Contest
($500)-Create a short video,under 3 minutes long on one of their topics deadline 10/15
Lexus and Scholastic Launch Contest MS/HS-Land & Water Challenge
($10,000-$30,000)-Stem(land & Water) contest for grades 6-12. Designed to inspire and empower students to learn about the environment and to take action. Due 10-15
U.S Bank Scholarship
Complete a series of Financial Genius for life online learning modules for a chance to win.
Coca Cola Scholars
($20,000)- High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA may apply deadline 10/31
Disney Dreamers Academy Applications
(Academy) -4day, power-packed event in which 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream deadline 10/31
LEAP Rise Above (aka LEAP1%) Scholarship Fund
($1,000-$5,000)-For Latino/a students. Must graduate this spring & enroll in college in fall. deadline 10/31
Berrrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farm Workers
($500-$2,500)- Students must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talent in the arts. deadline 11/1
Ron Brown Scholar Program
($10,000)-Applicants must be African American HS Seniors who exhibit exceptional leadership potential & excel academically. deadline 11/1
NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
Honors young women in HS for their computing-related achieivements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for postsecondary education / Deadline 11/5
ACT Student Champion Scholarship
($500)Students who have taken the ACT, must have a minimum composite score of 22 on a single test OR a Gold ACT@WorkKeys applications can be found at due 10/31
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
For young people who have demonstrated exemplary voluntary service to their communities. Max. award:$1,000 and a trip to D.C Eligibility:Students grades 5-12 who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year.
schoolHouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship and Scholarship Program
Provides Scholarships to youth who have experienced homelessness. Assists youth with financial aid processes, mental health advocacy and referrals, professional legal advocacy and referrals, and assistance in locating and establishing local contacts for general support and services $2,000scholarship awards over two years. Undocumented students who meet these criteria are eligible.
Washington Women in Need Education Grant
Up to $5,000 over a one-year period for an approved Washington college or university of their choice. For females 19 and older
Education Matters
($5,000)-In 250 words or less submit a response the question:"What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"



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?