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General Information About Scholarships

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...
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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.
American Indian Endowed Scholarship
The American Indian Endowed Scholarship helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to an in-state American Indian community pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2019
AL Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference
To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be a HS junior interested in pursuing a career in journalism, be a US citizen, & demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.” Recipients go to Washington, D.C., to participate in an all-expenses-paidjournalism conference.Deadline is February 1, 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
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.
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
EBOA Evergreen Basketball Officials Association
The Evergreen Basketball Officials Association (EBOA) is proud to offer a $500 scholarship to one male and one female senior who currently participates in Varsity Basketball or ROTC. All applications must be submitted to EBOA on or before March 29,2019.
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students! Click the link to see application deadlines for a variety of scholarships!
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.
For seniors of Hispanic ancestry, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. APPLICATION DUE: January 25,2019
The Humanists of Greater Portland is sponsoring it's 8th annual essay contest. The winner will be awarded a $3,000.00 scholarship. The contestants must be seniors or 2019 high school graduates who are completing a gap-year, who are bound for college in the fall of 2019, 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 18, 2019
"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.
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: April 8, 2019
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Students who are the children of anyone who has served or is currently serving in the Marine Corps or as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines are eligible for our scholarships. The application period is from Jan 1 – Mar 1 of this year. In addition to four-year college scholarships the Foundation provides scholarships for students focused on Career and Technical Education. If the CTE program is less than one year they can apply throughout the year but if the program is longer the application period is January 1 - March 1st.2019
The Marshall Youth Leadership Award was established in 2000 to be presented to a high school senior who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved. Students must be nominated. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 11 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
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.
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
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The Washington State Governors' Scholarship for Foster Youth is a scholarship program that helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2019
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 1, 2019
College Board Opportunity Scholarships
The College Board Opportunity Scholarhships guide you through the college planning process and offer you a chance to earn money for college for each action you complete. Complete each action for a chance to earn scholarhships.
LEDA Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America(LEDA) empowers a community of exceptional young leaders from under-resourced backgrounds by supporting their higher education and professional success in order to create a more inclusive and equitable country
Vancouver Emblem Club
Vancouver Emblem Club #473 as a community service has been giving several $1000.00 academic and (1) $1,000 Vocational scholarship each year.They will be awarding these scholarships to selected graduating high school seniors and/or adult students. No age estriction. Deadline to apply January 31, 2019
ALtec Design Web Scholarship
Awards of $750 write essay answering the question?How do you envision the web changing your future career in the next 20 years.Deadline July 15, 2019
Nation WWII Museum Essay Contest
For MS& HS students. Write an essay on a particular topic-$500-$1,000 deadline December 28, 2108
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Scholarships-Art Award
For 7-12th graders. Submit an original piece of art or writing $500-$1000.
Kelly Lynn Lutz memorial scholarship
($2,000)- Must have lost a parent to canceer.
ThePride Foundation
For current/future leaders in LGBTQ/ally community from AK, ID, MT, OR, & WA. Open to 1079 students.Deadline 1/11/19
The Hamilton Award
Recognizes outstanding HS juniors for their academic, personal, & service achievements. Selects students for Leaders Academy – a 3-year, FREE program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college,& transition post college
10 words or Less Scholarship
14-25 yrs ($500)-in 10 words or less, say why you deserve the scholarship. Deadline January 31, 2019
LEAD360 Challenge
(Project Based)- Five finalists will compete in an online vote & the winner will receive a Jefferson Award & have their project activated nationwide. Deadline 1/31/19
The American Legion National HS Oratorical
Scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to students taking part in the state contest. The state winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, & an expenses paid trip to compete in the national contest for a part of the $138,000 nationalscholarship poolDeadline 1/31/19
Rise Scholarship
For current college-bound HS seniors who have a documented learning disability. Deadline 1/31/19
Naomi Winston Scholarship in Art
For visual artists ages 16-22. This scholarship can be used for workshops, museum programs, summer programs etc. Awards up to $10,000 Deadline 2/1/19
EngineerGirl Essay Contest
This essay contest is for HS students-men & women -in grades 3 thru 12(ages 8-18)To apply, applicants must write an original essay on a given topic related to engineering. Deadline 2/1/19
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
($30,000)-minority HS seniors with leadership potential & financial need. Deadline 2/1/19
Naomi= Winston Scholarship in Art
For visual artists ages 16-22. Awards up to $10,000.
Washington State Opportunity scholarship
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington state residents earn their bachelor’s degrees in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, math and health care.
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 16, 2019
Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSEC)
If you are a member of WSECU or want to join.You can apply for scholarship awards ranging from $1,500-$2,500.The deadline to apply is February 18, 2019.
Better Business Bureau
#BBB5K Video Scholarship applicants must produce a 90-second video using the topic Why BBB and Trust are Important to Local Businesses and Communities. Past videos may be viewed by visiting BBB Serving Northwest + Pacific YouTube channel. You can create a video Your video will be uploaded to the scholarship videos page where you can encourage your friends and family to vote for your video.
FFA ( Future Farmers of America
Over 1000 different scholarships available deadline to apply Feb 6, 2019
Courageous persuaders
This scholarship involves doing a commercial about the dangers of underage drinking. Deadline to apply is Feb 8,2019
The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation
TThe Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation is for high school seniors and college students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities, community service and/or outstanding personal achievements. Special consideration will be given to students with a demonstrated financial need; who have parents that did not attend college; who have overcome significant adversity; who have parents that are United States veterans; or who are first-generation immigrants to the United States.
Freestone Capital Management will award five “Freestone Future Leaders” scholarships to college students for the 2019-2020 school year. The scholarships will provide five students each with a $5,000 tuition reimbursement, totaling $25,000 in financial support. All high school seniors and current undergraduate college students are invited to apply, who meet the criterion below. Important Dates The scholarship entry period begins on January 15 and the application deadline is April 1, 2019. Students who are awarded scholarships will be notified by the first week of May 2019, with a public announcement to follow shortly after.



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?