scholarships-in-oregonIf you are interested in applying for scholarships in Oregon, you are in luck because there are numerous financial aid resources available to residents and students in the “Beaver State.”

While the ninth largest state is best known for being home to the Cascade Mountain Range, Willamette River Valley, Crater Lake National Park, and Mount Hood, Oregon also serves as the location to 52 higher education institutions that are among the best in the Northwest. Whether you are looking to pursue your studies in a serene rural town or experience the excitement of urban living, look no further than the wide ranging colleges in Oregon.

In order to help fund your college education without accumulating mountains of debt in the process, read on to learn about 25 of the most generous scholarships available to Oregonians.

1. Asian-American Foundation of Oregon Scholarships

Deadline: March 1

With the goal of promoting cultural understanding and mutual respect among all people, the Asian-American Foundation of Oregon accepts applications for two college scholarships that are awarded annually for $1,000 apiece to students who have participated in Asian cultural events. Eligible candidates must be residents of Oregon, possess U.S. citizenship, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and submit an essay on plans to serve Asian-Americans.

Contact

Asian-American Foundation of Oregon Scholarships
40 East Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 914-4235
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

2. Captain Michael King Smith Private Pilot Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

Sponsored by the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, the Captain Michael King Smith Private Pilot Scholarship is granted annually for $2,500 to junior or senior high school students from Yamhill County in Oregon who demonstrate an enthusiasm for pursuing a career in the aviation industry. Scholarship funds can be applied towards ground school instruction, dual and solo flight instruction, pre and post-flight instruction, and fees for taking the FAA written test.

Contact

Captain Michael King Smith Private Pilot Scholarship
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 434-4185
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

3. Clackamas Chapter Ed Wood Memorial Award

Deadline: April 6th

Established by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), the Clackamas Chapter Ed Wood Memorial Award is offered annually for $1,500 to undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in an accredited degree program for horticulture within Oregon in order to pursue a career in the nursery industry. Selection will be strongly based on applicants’ demonstrated promise and commitment for making significant future contributions to nurseries.

Contact

Clackamas Chapter Ed Wood Memorial Award
29751 SW Town Center Loop
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 682-5089
[email protected]

4. Dorothy Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Annually, the Oregon Golf Association (OGA) presents the Dorothy Campbell Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 to nine deserving female graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling full-time at a four-year public or non-profit university within Oregon in the upcoming fall term. Qualified applicants must have participated on a high school golf team, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better, and compose a one-page essay describing how golf has contributed to their overall personal/professional development.

Contact

Dorothy Campbell Memorial Scholarship
2840 Hazelnut Drive
Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 981-4653
[email protected]

5. Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

For residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County in California, the Ford Family Foundation distributes the Opportunity Scholarship each year for up to $25,000 to single parents who are the head of their household and are raising dependent children without the support of a domestic partner. Candidates must be planning to earn a bachelor’s degree, exhibit financial need, display leadership roles in community activities, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Contact

Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Scholarship
440 East Broadway Suite 200
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 485-6211
[email protected]

6. Grateful Nation Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 23rd

Administered through the Zonta Service Foundation of Corvallis, the Grateful National Scholarship Program provides $2,700 annually to female undergraduate or graduate students in Oregon who have served in one of the armed branches of the U.S. military since September 10, 2001, been assigned to a unit that deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and received honorable discharge from the service. Preference will be given to female veterans who have served in a unit exposed to combat and been decorated by a specific combat badge/award.

Contact

Grateful Nation Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 792
Corvallis, OR 97339
[email protected]

7. Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

The Oregon Community Foundation bestows the Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship for up to $3,000 for a maximum of five years of undergraduate study to high school seniors of American Indian heritage from Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington County in Oregon who will be enrolling in an accredited U.S. institution full-time in the fall. Applicants must be majoring in science, computer science, engineering, or mathematics for pursuing an STEM career.

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Contact

Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship
1221 SW Yamhill Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-6846
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

8. Hugh and Helen Wood Nepalese Scholarship

Deadline: March 5th

Established by the Benton County Foundation, the Hugh and Helen Wood Nepalese Scholarship is granted annually for $2,000 to students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Oregon State University who are current citizens of Nepal. Qualified applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or better, and agree to become a public servant in Nepal for at least five years following graduation.

Contact

Hugh and Helen Wood Nepalese Scholarship
P.O. Box 911
Corvallis, OR 97339
(541) 753-1603
[email protected]

9. Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship Fund

Deadline: December 15th

Within the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), the Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 each year to female undergraduate students who are completing a bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology, hydrology, or other sciences. Eligible candidates must have achieved at least sophomore standing, be enrolled full-time in an institution in Washington or Oregon, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Contact

Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 28391
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 553-1641
[email protected]

10. Keith Foster Engineering Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1st

With the mission of improving engineering technology education throughout Oregon and continuing his innovative spirit, the Keith Foster Engineering Scholarship Fund provides $2,500 in financial support to cover tuition, room/board, and textbook expenses for college-bound Oregon high school seniors. Applicants must be pursuing an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution in manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering.

Contact

Keith Foster Engineering Scholarship Fund
1500 Valley River Drive Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-7422
[email protected]

11. Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship

Deadline: May 19th

In honor of two long-time dedicated volunteers in remembrance of their daughters, the Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship is awarded through the Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington to an outstanding graduating Girl Scout Ambassador who has earned a Girl Scout Gold Award and will be pursuing educational endeavors at an accredited school. Along with the application, candidates must attach a 1,000-word essay on how Girl Scouts has impacted their life to become a female of courage and two signed letters of recommendation.

Contact

Luella and George Shaver Family Scholarship
908 NE Fourth St. Suite 101
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 389-8146
[email protected]

12. Margaret Murphy Carley Scholarship for Nursing Education

Deadline: May 16th

On an annual basis, the Oregon Health Care Foundation (OHCF) presents the Margaret Murphy Carley Scholarship for Nursing Education for up to $5,000 to a certified nursing assistant currently working in the field of long-term care who is seeking to enroll in an accredited LPN, RN, BSN, or MSN degree program within the state. Eligible candidates must agree to continue work in the field of long-term care for at least three years and submit a brief two-page essay describing their commitment to the profession.

Contact

Margaret Murphy Carley Scholarship for Nursing Education
11740 SW 68th Parkway Suite 250
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 726-5260

13. Michael Hibbard Theatre Student Scholarship

Deadline: March 6th

For members of the International Thespian Society, the Michael Hibbard Theatre Student Scholarship has been established by the Oregon Thespians to provide up to $1,500 to graduating high school seniors statewide who are planning to enroll in an accredited U.S. institution with a major or minor related to the theatre arts. Applicants must be in good standing with their Troupe, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in theatre education.

Contact

Michael Hibbard Theatre Student Scholarship
21945 NW Wagon Way
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 256-3960
[email protected]

14. Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program

Deadline: February 1st

Through the Oregon Student Access Commission, the Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program offers one-time annual awards for up to $3,000 to residents who are currently attending a licensed school of barbering, hair design, cosmetology, or manicure in Oregon that participates in Federal Title IV financial aid. Eligible candidates must demonstrate significant financial need and be enrolled full-time in a program which is at least nine months in length.

Contact

Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program
1500 Valley River Drive Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 687-7422
[email protected]

15. Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 14th

Founded by former University of Oregon standout football player and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, the Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship Program to provide four four-year renewable scholarships for $2,500 annually to Oregon high school seniors who exhibit outstanding leadership skills and take-charge abilities in their communities. To qualify, applicants must be receiving a high school diploma or GED, commit to attending an Oregon university or trade school, and demonstrate financial need.

Contact

Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship Program
2000 NE 42nd Avenue Suite 336
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 929-9405
[email protected]

16. Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 20th

Each year, the Oregon Logging Conference Foundation awards five to ten scholarships ranging in value from $750 to $1,500 each to help support the educational endeavors of students in Oregon who are interested in pursuing a career related to forestry. For consideration, applicants must be majoring in forest engineering, forest management, welding, heavy equipment maintenance, resource management, diesel mechanics, or other timber-related industries.

Contact

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 10669
Eugene, OR 97440
(541) 686-9191
[email protected]

17. Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships

Deadline: December 31st

The Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) awards numerous annual scholarships for $1,000 to $3,000 to full-time undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited Oregon university with a major in accounting. Qualified applicants must be planning on a career in public accounting with the CPA credential, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and submit an online educator reference.

Contact

Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships
10206 SW Laurel St.
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 641-7200
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

18. Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship

Deadline: July 1st

As the first scholarship at the Equity Foundation to focus on the Latino community and the first of its kind in the entire state, the Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to students of Hispanic heritage in Oregon who identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Recipients will be chosen based on academic achievement, volunteer work experience, past involvement in the Latino and/or LGBT community, and financial need for assistance.

Contact

Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship
P.O. Box 5696
Portland, OR 97228
(503) 231-5759
[email protected]

19. Rebecca and Sada Tarshis Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, the Rebecca and Sada Tarshis Memorial Scholarship is granted annually for up to $5,000 to provide tuition assistance to Jewish residents of Oregon who will be pursuing their first degree at an accredited institution of higher education anywhere in the United States. Applicants must submit a federal tax return, tuition and fee schedule, official transcript, personal statement, and a recommendation from a Jewish communal professional or lay-leader.

Contact

Rebecca and Sada Tarshis Memorial Scholarship
610 SW Broadway Suite 407
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 248-9328
[email protected]

20. Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 15th

Designed to improve access to educational opportunities for average students of good moral character with poor financial circumstances, the Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Scholarship is available for graduating high school seniors residing in Arlington, Boardman, Echo, Hermiston, Pendleton, Umatilla, Fossil, Monument, Condon, Irrigon, Stanfield, Heppner, Pilot Rock, or Spray. Eligible candidates must be attending an Oregon college, have high financial need, and express a desire to work in an in-demand trade.

Contact

Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Scholarship
P.O. Box 1024
Hermiston, OR 97838
(541) 564-9177
[email protected]

21. Ron Herndon Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: May 31st

In memory of his tireless efforts championing Head Start Parents, the Ron Herndon Memorial Scholarships are offered through the Oregon Head Start Association for $2,500 to celebrate parents who have a child enrolled in a Head Start or Early Head Start program for one or more years. Candidates must be high school graduates, be pursuing post-secondary education, submit two letters of recommendation, and write a personal statement on educational goals.

Contact

Ron Herndon Memorial Scholarships
455 Bliler Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 581-2730
[email protected]

22. Roy F. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies

Annually, the Oregon Archeological Society offers the Roy F. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide up to $1,500 to assist graduate students in Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest who are currently working on an archeological project that will add to the body of knowledge in the anthropological sciences. Along with an application, students must submit a biographical sketch, outline of their research project, summary of their qualifications, and project budget.

Contact

Roy F. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 13293
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 727-3507
[email protected]

23. Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 12th

For residents of Marion or Polk County in Oregon, the Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship Program provides a grand total of up to $166,000 annually to a maximum of 100 students who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution to pursue a degree in the field related to the healthcare industry. For consideration, applicants must submit a college transcript, one-page narrative essay on career aspirations, one signed letter of reference, and a resume.

Contact

Salem Hospital Foundation Scholarship Program
890 Oak St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 561-5576
[email protected]

24. Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th

With the goal of furthering the collegiate wrestling dreams of Oregon’s most dedicated athletes as well as create opportunity for more to pursue higher academic achievement, the Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation Scholarships grant up to $3,000 to three Oregon high school seniors who will be enrolling in college and joining a wrestling team. Eligible candidates must be pursuing an undergraduate degree and maintain full-time enrollment in good academic standing.

Contact

Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation Scholarships
405 East 8th Avenue Suite 2020
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 579-7331
[email protected]

25. Thornton Family FFA Collegiate Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

Sponsored by the Oregon FFA Association, the Thornton Family Collegiate Scholarship is bestowed upon a student member who has chosen to pursue higher education in agriculture with the ultimate goal of seeking a career in production agriculture, agribusiness, and/or veterinary medicine. Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, be attending an Oregon university, and maintain a full course load with 12 or more credits each semester.

Contact

Thornton Family FFA Collegiate Scholarship
112 Strand Ag Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-2395
[email protected]

Since the price of earning a post-secondary education continues to rise, nearly every college-bound student needs to take advantage of multiple sources of financial aid to cover these costs without breaking the bank. As with other states nationwide, Oregon offers many scholarship options to make college more affordable, accessible, and enjoyable. Be sure to check out these 25 great scholarships in Oregon that are specifically designed for local students struggling to meet the climbing costs of higher education.