Vancouver School of Arts and Academics Career Center

Scholarships for 2017

VSAA will post scholarships as they become available throughout the school year.  The scholarships listed below are also advertised on the scholarship bulletin board in the 320 Hall and in the scholarship binder outside of Mrs. Little’s office. There are scholarship and financial aid search engines in the  section below. Go to the Financial Aid page for links to Financial Aid information and the FAFSA.


All seniors may begin their application for financial aid with the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2106. If you submit the FAFSA by January 31st you will meet most deadlines for submission. If you have questions,  contact Bonnie Little .


The Community Foundation of SW Washington has an extensive listing of local scholarships including the

Leslie B. Durst Scholarship

Angela Svendsen Memorial Scholarship

David DiCesare Memorial Scholarship 

Boy and Girls Club Scholarships

Apply here

2017 VAPA Scholarship - Sponsored by the Vancouver Association of Principals & Associate Principals. Due April 28, 2017. Application is available below this listing of scholarships, or in the scholarship binder.

Humanists Essay Contest : Due April 30, 2017. Application available on this link

WA-CCER Scholarship sponsored by the WA-Career Counseling Employment Readiness Association: Due May 1, 2017. Look below for the link to the application.

Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of A4LE Scholarship: Due May 15th. Scholarship available in the link below

Vancouver Sunrise Rotary Foundation 2017 Scholarship: For graduation seniors who have a parent  employed or retired from the Vancouver or Evergreen School District. The scholarship must be used to attend a school within Oregon or Washington. Applications due on May 19, 2017. See below for link to the application.

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship: Due June 15, 2017. Apply online at  



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?