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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
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, 2018
ACEC American Council of Engineering Companies Scholarship
The general scholarships are open to all eligible students seeking a degree in engineering while the specialty CASE scholarship is limited to students pursuing a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Students who qualify for the CASE scholarship will also be eligible for the general scholarships. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
1-800-Wheelchair Scholarship Fund
Open to students who are at least 16 years of age. Must be a current undergraduate student or enrolled in their final year of HS. Must submit a “visual” poem on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge. $500. APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2018
ACPE Technology Scholarship
This year the Association for Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) has allocated $10,000 for scholarships of up to $2,500 each for students in Oregon and Washington. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who have been actively involved in the use of technology during their high school careers and are planning to pursue studies in a technology related field. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
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.
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
Bezos Scholars Program
The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 9, 2018
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, 2018
Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarship
The mission of the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) African American Heritage Scholarship is to encourage and enable black high school students to (a) go to college, (b) realize the impact technology has on the world, and (c) target a career in the technology industry. The amount of the scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 annually, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of BAM to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
Building Futures Foundation Scholarship
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
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 11, 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.
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, 2018.
Chin: Shui Kuen & Allen Chin Scholarship
For incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduates at a four-year college or university. For any ethnic heritage. Student or parent currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant. Must meet additional criteria. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 24, 2018
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
To apply for multiple scholarships with one application, complete the Clark College Foundation Scholarship Application online. Students must complete the entire application, submit transcripts and recommendation letters, and attend Clark College during the 2018-19 academic year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 18, 2018
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, 2018
College Sports Scholarship
Open to students who played high school athletics. APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1, 2018
Kyle Comeau Memorial Arts Scholarship
An annual scholarship in the amount of $1500.00 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, 2018
Over $400,000 in scholarships available for local students!
The Dream U.S. - National Scholarship
For DREAMers w/ DACA. Covers tuition & fees up to $14,500 for an AA & $29,000 for a BA at one of our Partner Colleges (EWU &UW). Renewable each year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
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
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 30, 2018
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.
Maddi Higgins Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship for softball players in memory of Maddi Higgins. Submit an essay that describes your passion for the game and you as a player. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 26, 2018
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 DEADLINE: March 30, 2018
The Humanists of Greater Portland is sponsoring it's 7th annual essay contest. The winner will be awarded a $3,000.00 scholarship. The contestants must be seniors or 2017 high school graduates who are completing a gap-year, who are bound for college in the fall of 2018, 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 16, 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.
Indian Health Service Scholarship
The IHS Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for health profession students seeking scholarship support for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 28, 2018
iQ Credit Union Scholarships
Eligibility requirements: You must be a member of this credit union to be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships. Non-members may join the credit union prior to applying. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in the State of Washington. This credit union will award $1,000 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors entering college in the fall of 2016. Must have a 3.0 GPA, plan to enroll as a full-time student at a community college or a four-year university. (5) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2018.
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.
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
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, 2018
The Leadership 1000 Scholarship is a scholarship program funded by individuals, foundations or businesses to provide college scholarships to students who will be attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington state. A Leadership 1000 Scholarship can be customized around a general set of requirements requested by the donor. Scholarships awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
LINKS Academic & Arts Scholarships
For African-American seniors who have demonstrated scholastic potential, high achievement, and leadership ability. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmark no later than February 23, 2018.
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.
Marshall Leadership Award
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 23, 2018
Microsoft disAbility Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000. The scholarship is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2018
National Federation of the Blind 2018 Scholarship Program
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2018
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.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
Are you a young enterpreneur? Graduating high school seniors who own their own business are eligible to apply for a scholarship through this program. Apply on line.
The Optimist Club of Vancouver has a scholarship opportunity for any youth 18 years and under as of September 30, 2018. This is a local public speaking contest which will be held on March 10, 2018. The topic is "Where are my roots of Optimism?" APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
Our Three Moms Scholarship Fund
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: March 30, 2018
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.
Pointe Pest Control
For this scholarship, do something good for someone else and include a note telling them to pass it on. Bonus points are awarded for including pictures. We want to hear what good deed you did to help your community! Scholarship for students planning to attend a Washington College. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 29, 2018
Gordon A. Rich Memorial Scholarship
The Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation (“GAR”) was created to honor the memory of Gordon Rich. Gordon was an individual of extraordinary talent, energy and persistence with a passion for life. The recipients of GAR scholarships are exceptionally qualified high school students with demonstrated financial need whose parents or guardians have, or had, a career in the financial services industry. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2018
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.
The Sons of Italy Foundation
U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in an under-graduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution for the 2017 Fall term. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
Student-View Scholarship Program 2018
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 22, 2018
Sweet and Simple Scholarship
Must be 13 years of age or older , legal resident, and currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. 250 word essay. $1,500. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
Twin Star Credit Union Scholarship
TwinStar Credit Union will award fifteen $2,000 scholarships to members who will be graduating from high school in 2018. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2018
To be eligible students must be of Japanese ancestry and planning to attend University of Washington.
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, 2018
Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2018. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2018
E. Faye Dailey Volker Scholarship
Scholarship recipients must be graduating seniors of Hudson’s Bay High School, have at least a 2.0 GPA and plan to attend Clark College. This scholarship is renewable for a total of three years. The first two years recipients must attend Clark College. To be eligible for a third award, recipients must attend Washington State University Vancouver. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
WA-CCER Scholarship for Financial Need
WA-CCER will award two $500 scholarships to qualified graduating seniors. The scholarship is to be used for tuition and other direct school expenses at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the 2018/2019 school year only (Technical Schools will qualify as a two-year program). Student eligibility: Graduating High School Senior who has been, or is presently, in an approved WBL or Career Choices Program. Plans to attend a two-or four-year college or university or technical school as a full-time student, beginning fall, 2018. Demonstration of financial need and must be recommended by a WA-CCER member. APPLICATION DUE: March 12, 2018
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: March 12, 2018
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, 2018
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
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
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, 2018
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, 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?