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State and Private Scholarships

A number of state and private organizations offer scholarships and awards.  We encourage you to check with businesses, churches, and civic organizations.  The Financial Aid Office has also compiled a list of private scholarship information and resources for undergraduate and graduate students.


OSAC Scholarship Application

The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) awards over $118 million in grants and scholarships funding to Oregon residents each year. The OSAC Scholarship Application provides access to more than 450 scholarships and grants. In recent years, nearly one-third of WOU students who applied were awarded a scholarship by OSAC.  The OSAC Scholarship Application deadline is March 1, 2014, with an Early Bird deadline of February 15, 2014.


Voyager Veteran Award

With this program, members of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves who have been deployed in a combat zone since September 11, 2001 may receive an award to help cover the cost of tuition and fees.



Oregon PTA Teacher Education

Each year Oregon PTA awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to high school seniors or college students who are Oregon residents who want to teach in Oregon at an elementary or secondary school. The scholarship may be used at any Oregon public college or university that trains teachers or that transfers credits in education.

Deadline -- March 30, 2015

Amount of Award -- $500

Apply Here

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. 

Deadline -- January 14, 2015

Amount of Award -- Varies

Apply Here


Mercer Family Foundation

The Mercer Family Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 for qualified declared math or physics majors who are attending one of seven Oregon universities:

  • University of Oregon

  • Oregon State University

  • Portland State University

  • Oregon Institute of Technology

  • Eastern Oregon University

  • Southern Oregon University

  • Western Oregon University

If you have declared your major in either math or physics and will be a junior or senior at one of the above universities during the 2015-2016 Academic Year, you are invited to apply for this scholarship using the application form provided. We expect to award the scholarships by late Spring 2015.

Deadline -- January 30, 2015

Amount of Award -- $7,500

Apply Here

Point Foundation

Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ) students of merit. Individuals are eligible to apply if they are enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program beginning or continuing in the fall of 2015. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation's foremost higher educational institutions.

Deadline 1-- January 20, 2015

Deadline 2-- March 2, 2015

Amount of Award -- Varies

Apply Here


Transportation Association Of Portland Scholarship

Candidates should have serious interest in the field of transportation or logistics and will be attending a College or University in the Pacific Northwest. Applicants must have a minimum of G.P.A. of 2.75.

Deadline -- June 15, 2014

Amount of Award -- $500

Application -- Click Here

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.
The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.

Deadline -- June 14, 2014

Amount of Award -- $1,000

Apply Here


Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship

The Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship Fund was named after Sister Adele Mansfield, O.S.B. of the Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon. Its purpose is to encourage and provide individuals of farmworker families that live in Oregon with the opportunity to further their academic or technical education.

Deadline -- April 18, 2014

Amount of Award -- varies up to $2,500

Apply Here

Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

The Tillamook County Master Gardeners Association (TCMGA) is offering an academic scholarship for at least $1,000 to students who are attending or are graduates of a Tillamook County high school or have a current Tillamook County residency of at least two years. High school seniors, college students, and non-traditional students seeking higher education are eligible. Preference will be given to students with majors in the life sciences. However, all interested students are encouraged to apply.

Deadline -- April 7, 2014

Apply Here

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

Since 1996, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber has awarded more than $1,090,000 in scholarships.  Please visit their web site at for more information.

Deadline -- Passed

Apply Here

Salem Hospital Scholarships

Scholarships are granted by the Salem Hospital Auxiliary, the Salem Hospital Foundation, and the West Valley Hospital Foundation for students pursuing a degree in a medically related field.  Each program has its own qualifications with deadlines starting March 31, 2014.  Please visit for more information.


Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center Auxiliary

These scholarships and loan repayments are awarded by Legacy's Foundations and Volunteer Auxiliaries. We're pleased to offer this support, but the specific eligibility guidelines must be followed. Please read the guidelines for each scholarship carefully. We're sorry, but Legacy scholarships are not available for students who don't meet the requirements for school, geographic residence or other criteria. Most scholarships are awarded to students living in Legacy's service area who are entering college and plan a career in health care, and some include invaluable on-the-job experience during the summer months.

Deadline -- March 31, 2014

Amount of Award --Varies but up to $5,000

Apply here

Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF)

The Oregon Medical Education Foundation invites Linn and Benton County high school seniors seeking a career in medicine (MD or DO degree) or nursing, and graduates currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning whose undergraduate or graduate pursuit is a degree in medicine (MD or DO degree) or nursing, to apply for the Linn-Benton County Scholarship. The scholarship was developed from an endowment from the Linn and Benton County Medical Societies.

Deadline -- March 31, 2014

Amount of Award- $1000 (3 scholarships available)

Apply here

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Sigma Chapter of Alpha Rho State (Oregon) Honorary Women Educators

Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a grant-in-aid of $250 to $500 to a woman student from Crook, Deschutes, or Jefferson counties majoring in the field of education who have finished at least two years of college.


Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to:

Karen Spencer

2660 NE Hwy 20 Ste. 610-117

Bend, OR 97701.

Oregon Association of Broadcasters

The OAB Foundation is offering a minimum of $12,000 in scholarships for Oregon resident students who are majoring in Broadcast Journalism, Production, Management, and/or other broadcast-related studies at any eligible college or university. More details can be found at TheOABFoundation.

Deadline -- May 2, 2014

Apply Here

Oregon Native American Chamber Scholarship

The Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) is dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance the educational and economic opportunity for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. ONAC promotes and supports the education, training and cultural understanding of Native Americans

Deadline -- TBD

Application and Instructions Here

Portland CMFA Scholarship

  • Award scholarships to high-achieving students with majors in accounting or finance

  • Increase student awareness of CFMA and careers in the construction industry

  • Promote education for employees of member firms who are pursuing accounting or finance degrees

Deadline -- March 15, 2014

Apply Here

WUE Students:


Your State's Scholarship Opportunities

Alaska Government Finance Officers Association

The Alaska Government Finance Officers Association (AGFOA) annually offers three scholarships to college students preparing for a career in state and local government finances.

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Must meet Alaska residency as defined by AS 01.l0.055
  • Must have junior or senior level standing during the year in which the scholarship will be received
  • Must provide evidence of grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have declared pursuit of a Business degree in the area of a
    financial management, risk management, auditing or banking

Deadline -- March 31, 2014

Apply Here

National Scholarship Programs:


A Place for Mom Scholarship

  • The annual scholarship award is for five (5) students enrolled in an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or graduate level program in the fields of gerontology, long term care administration, social work, medicine, nursing, or sociology at an accredited 2-year college or 4-year university.

  • Award amount $1,000

Deadline -- April 30, 2014

Apply Here

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.

The mission of the CHCI Scholarship program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. In order to be eligible students must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student, demonstrate financial need, active participation in public and/or community service activities, and a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full time without restriction (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival or DREAMers).

Deadline -- April 16, 2014

Apply Here

Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund

To assist financially those migrant farmworker youth who have the potential and desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals.

Deadline -- April 15, 2014

Apply Here


Foster Youth:

Veteran Non-Resident Tuition Remission

To qualify for the remission, the nonresident veteran must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and was relieved or discharged from that service under honorable conditions as defined by ORS 408.225 and as shown on the student’s DD-214.



MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide

MALDEF (Mexican Legal Defense and Educational Fund) has developed a Scholarship Resource Guide to support high school, college, and graduate students in their attainment of a higher education. This is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators.

Download the MALDEF's Scholarship Resource Guide


Other Useful Websites:

No matter where you live, various sources of information about scholarships and awards exist nearby. Places to inquire include public libraries, school counseling or financial aid offices, service organizations, corporations, labor unions, professional associations, minority programs, community groups and the following web sites:


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