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!
Seven "rules of thumb" to avoid getting scammed and several warning signs that a scholarship might not be legitimate.

2017 Scholarships

theWashboard.org
Looking for scholarships? theWashBoard.org makes it simple. We connect Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE. Whether you’ll be attending in state or out, you save time by entering your profile once and letting us find the scholarship opportunities that fit.
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
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.
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
Hudson's Bay Foundation Scholarship
Each year HBF will award at least two $500 scholarships to deserving graduates, one male and one female. Criteria for scholarship consideration are: Academics, Citizenship, School Involvement, Community Service, a Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0, and Financial need. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
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.
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
**COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON SCHOLARSHIP**
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students!
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
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
Grimm Enterprises Scholarship
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.
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.
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
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
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.
SWCA Foundation Scholarship Program
The SWCA Foundation invests in future community leaders by offering financial assistance to students through funds raised by the generous donations of members. This scholarship is available to students entering or attending community colleges, vocational-technical schools, or 4-year colleges/universities. These awards are available to association members' employees, their children, and others who are enrolling in full-time secondary education. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 28, 2017
University of Washington Nikkei Scholarship
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington.
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
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
Sprinting Towards Success Scholarship
There is a powerful but simple lesson to be learned from running: If you do not step forward, you will forever remain in the same place. Those who continue to push forward are those who succeed in the race. Whether for sport or for fun, running offers a myriad of benefits. Running increases life expectancy, burns calories, and strengthens muscles, as well as the mind. Lehmbecker Law Firm is celebrating and encouraging those who run; the individuals who push to better themselves both physically and mentally. Lehmbecker Law Firm’s Sprinting Towards Success Scholarship is a $1,000 college scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating high school senior. APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2017
Miss Washington Teen USA
Nearly $100,000 in cash, scholarships and prizes was awarded to last year's MISS WASHINGTON TEEN USA and the rest of the participants shared in over $515,000! The 2018 Miss Washington Teen USA pageant will be held this fall, November 4th-5th, 2017. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 20, 2017

Scholarships

   
 

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:

 

www.theWashBoard.org

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships

http://readysetgrad.org/

https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/

http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/supports-and-scholarships

https://careers.microsoft.com/students/scholarships

http://waef.org/

http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/home 

http://www.actsix.org/

http://www.seamar.org/static_pages/scholarships.php

http://www.college-scholarships.com/

http://scholarshipjunkies.org/

https://www.cfsww.org/how-we-grant/scholarships/ (for SW Washington students)

http://www.zinch.com/

www.shopsleuth.com/resources/scholarship-guide

www.scholarshipexperts.com

www.Scholarships4students.com

www.highfivescholarships.com

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships    

www.scholarships.com

www.wiredscholar.com           

www.scholarshipamerica.org 

www.cappex.com/scholarships                           

https://www.collegegreenlight.com/

http://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/

https://scholarships.uncf.org/

 

 

Websites for DREAMers (undocumented students) 

 

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/merit-based/first-generation-scholarships

http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/

http://www.migrantstudents.org/scholarships.html

www.scholarshipsaz.org/scholarships.html

 

Websites for LGBTQA

 

 https://www.pridefoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/guidelines/

 

Websites for athletes

 

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/

http://www.ncsasports.org/college-athletic-scholarships

 

Websites for Gear Up & application help

 

http://scholarshipjunkies.org/

http://gearup.wa.gov/resources/scholarships

 

 

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?