Hudson's Bay High School Career Center

General Information About Scholarships

A-Z of Financial Aid & Scholarship 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. September 27 - December 9, 2017
How to improve your chances of winning scholarships
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Avoid getting scammed!
Seven "rules of thumb" to avoid getting scammed and several warning signs that a scholarship might not be legitimate.

2017-2018 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
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
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 11, 2018
Better Business Bureau #BBB10K Scholarship 2018
BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western Wyoming. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2018
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.
Building Futures Foundation Scholarship
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. AVAILABLE: March, 2018
"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.
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
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, 2018
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 2, 2018 at 3:00p.m.
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
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.
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
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to High school seniors, Undergraduate students (all years), Community college students transferring to four year universities, and Graduate Students. APPLICATION OPENS: January 1, 2018 and CLOSES: March 31, 2018
"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.
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 13, 2017, 5:00p.m.
Kelly Foundation of Washington
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, 2018
Miss Clark County Scholarship Organization
Miss Clark County/Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen are preliminaries to Miss Washington/Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and Miss America/Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Several scholarships are available including $1500 Clark College, full tuition ($8000) at International Air & Hospitality Academy, and full tuition ($15,000) at Renewable Energy Department at IA&H along with many other scholarships and awards. Develop resume writing skills, interview skills, poise and grace!
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.
Pacific University Senior Preview Scholarship Days
At Pacific this fall, we are having scholarship days where all seniors in attendance will be automatically awarded a $1,000 annual scholarship ($4,000 total) and will also have the opportunity to talk with current students and faculty as well as receive a tour of the campus.
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 2018. APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
Scholarships for students who are cancer survivors (and siblings and children of cancer patients)
Please see this site for several scholarship opportunities.
Scholarships for undocumented students in Washington State
A 79-page booklet about scholarships available for undocumented students in the state of Washington.
USA Germany Scholarship
CBYX is a Department of State funded scholarship program awarding 250 American students annually the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for one academic year. This prestigious scholarship gives participants the unique opportunity to learn a foreign language, experience another culture, and gain a better global understanding all while representing the United States as Youth Ambassadors. Prior knowledge of German is not necessary in order to apply! APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 12, 2017
University of Washington Nikkei Scholarship
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington.
Available to graduating seniors from the Vancouver School District and La Center High School and also current students at Clark College and WSU- Vancouver. In Rotary, we believe service means giving back to the community in ways beyond what we do in our day-to-day jobs. Our motto is "Service above Self". We want to give scholarships to people who believe in helping their community and families as a way of life. Apply online. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 8, 2018
WACTA - The Washington Association of Career and Technical Administrators Scholarship
A scholarship awarded to five graduating Washington State high school seniors who have distinguished themselves in the field of Career and Technical Education during high school. Are you excelling in a CTE course here at Bay or have you taken a number of CTE courses such as Marketing, Career Choices, Video Production, Next Tools, Child Development, Food and Fitness or Photography?? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the WACTA scholarship. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 25, 2018
Washington State School Retirees' Association Scholarships
Eligibility requirements: 3.0 GPA and interest to pursue a career in the field of education. This is a link to the application for several scholarships that range in value from $900 to $2,500. Some are renewable for as many as three additional years of college. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 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?