The Best Scholarships in Oregon

​The idea of getting a scholarship is the dream of many students and their families. Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are grants to help to pay for college. Everyone deserves a shot at a decent education, and there are various scholarships open to students based on academic or other achievements as a resident of the Beaver State!

Independent of which of the seven public 4-year state universities or nineteen accredited private four-year colleges you may choose to attend, the following are magnificent scholarships that are created to provide financial aid to Oregon residents and students alike.

1. American Legion Auxiliary Department Scholarship

Provided by the American Legion Auxiliary for Oregon residents who are either the children or wives of disabled veterans in the Armed Forces. The scholarship of $1000 is given for either business or vocational school to three students. Please note than an American Legion Auxiliary Unit must sponsor the applicant to be considered and entered for the scholarship. Also, an applicant must submit an essay of fewer than 500 words, four letters of reference from an employer, friends, minister, and teacher, official transcript, and a balanced budget showing income and expenses.

You can learn more about the ​American Legion Auxiliary Department Scholarship here.

2. American Occupational Therapy Foundation Oregon Scholarship

For professional level students who are attending Pacific University in Oregon, the AOTF Oregon Scholarship is granted to alleviate the costs of being enrolled in occupational therapy educational program. Eligible applicants must have a record of outstanding scholastic achievement, two references, a Program’s Director’s statement, and have completed one full year of occupational therapy coursework.

You can learn more about the ​American Occupational Therapy Foundation Oregon Scholarship here.

3. BBB Foundation’s Student of Integrity Scholarship

Eligible candidates must be Oregon residents, high school seniors, and provide an official transcript with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants must create a 90-second video in which they make evident why the organization aids people in becoming smart consumers. The organization looks for applicants who can demonstrate high ethics through academic accomplishments, community service, leadership, and overall personal integrity.

You can learn more about the ​BBB Foundation’s Student of Integrity Scholarship here.

4. Beat the Odds Scholarship

Sponsored by the Stand for Children Leadership Center, the Beat the Odds Scholarships are a $2500 renewable award. Students can renew the scholarship up to four years provided they maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. If selected, recipients will be required to participate in all related publicity and share their story at the Beat the Odds award events. Applicants must be attending an Oregon public high school, demonstrate financial need, and have succeeded in spite of hardships such as disability, homelessness, personal tragedy, or poverty.

You can learn more about the Beat the Odds Scholarship here.

5. Bertha P. Singer Scholarship

The Oregon Student Assistance Commission offers the Bertha P. Singer Nurses Scholarship for up to $1,000, which is renewable to students who are pursuing a nursing degree in Oregon. Eligible candidates must be attending an Oregon college full-time, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be in their second year of a 2-year associate degree or third year of a 4-year nursing degree program.

You can learn more about the ​Bertha P. Singer Scholarship here.

6. Beverley Swaim Staley Leadership Legacy Scholarship

With the goal to build the transportation industry through the global advancement of women, the WTS Foundation launched the Leadership Legacy Scholarship to encourage women to further their careers as leaders in transportation. It provides annually $3,500 to women who can demonstrate leadership in the industry to bring ideas, innovation, and new approaches to the transportation challenges faced in the US and beyond. Applicants be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field, must have a 3.0 GPA, submit a personal statement of 1000 words or less detailing their interest to pursue a career in transportation related field, and provide an official copy of transcript and letter of recommendation.

You can learn more about the Beverley Swaim Staley Leadership Legacy Scholarship here.

7. Burn Lions Club Scholarship

For graduating seniors from Burns or Crane High School, the Burn Lions Club Scholarship offers a renewable $1,000 award to students who will be full-time students at an Oregon school. Applicants or parents must be Harney County residents, submit contact information of three references, and write a 250 to 350-word autobiography.

You can learn more about the ​Burn Lions Club Scholarship here.

8. David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Scott Mason’s partner of 30 years, David, the David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship through Equity Foundation honors David’s work in the LGBT community and Portland State University. Eligible candidates must be involved in advancing LGBT rights and have at least six months of experience as leaders, have a 3.0 GPA, and identify as LGBTQ or be the child of LGBTQ parents.

You can learn more about the ​David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship here.

9. Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant Program

Administered through the Office of Student Access and Completion and funded through the Oregon Opportunity Grant Program, the Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Scholarships aim to fund the expense of attending a public or private non-profit college for financial dependents of a public safety officer in the state of Oregon, who was disabled or killed in the line of duty. Students must be planning to attend full-time, and are Oregon residents. The supervisor of the deceased or disabled public safety officer must complete the certification section of the application.

You can learn more about the ​Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant Program here.

10. Diehl and Knutsen Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Helen Diehl’s close family and to support her local community, Helen Diehl established the John Conrad Diehl and Madeline Knutsen Hebbard Memorial Scholarship. Eligible candidates must be graduates at Reedsport High School, be enrolled full time, and speak on their philanthropic work.

You can learn more about the ​Diehl and Knutsen Memorial Scholarship here.

11. Dorothy Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Established for female graduates of Oregon high schools who have a continuing and strong interest in the game of golf. Applicants must be Oregon residents and graduating seniors, with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and must have plans to attend a four-year Oregon college or university. Special preference is given to applicants who are members of their high school golf team.

You can learn more about the ​Dorothy Campbell Memorial Scholarship here.

12. Douglas County Community Scholarship

Annually, the Douglas Community Foundation selects students for scholarships who are pursuing a graduate or undergrad degree for up to $1,000 each to Douglas County High School students who are currently enrolled in a full-time Oregon college with a major in biology, medical technology, nursing, physical assistant, or public health. Priority is given to those with demonstrated FAFSA financial need.

You can learn more about the ​Douglas County Community Scholarship here.

13. Edwin C. Goodenough Scholarship

Each year, the Edwin C. Goodenough Scholarship Committee selects graduating students from Salem area public and private high schools who have been chosen by three faculty members. The criteria are based on academic excellence and financial need. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship of $1000-2000 per academic year. Applicants must submit official high school transcripts and two letters of recommendation from someone not affiliated with the school.

You can learn more about the ​Edwin C. Goodenough Scholarship here.

14. Eugene Bennett Scholarship for the Visual Arts

For those interested in a career with the graphic arts program at an Oregon public or private college, this $5,250 scholarship provides a one-time award to three undergrad or graduate students. It was established by Eugene to promote art studies. Qualified candidates are those that have a 2.75 GPA, be graduates from a Jackson County, high school and submit a portfolio.

You can learn more about the ​Eugene Bennett Scholarship for the Visual Arts here.

15. Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship

Provided by the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship awards three Oregon high school students in 11th or 12th grade with $500-1000. Applicants must include the entry form and respond to the writing prompt and question with an essay, poem, or narrative work through email.

You can learn more about the ​Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship here.

16. Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship

Sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association, the Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship is for Oregon resident students. It aims to seek to increase student’s knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Candidates are awarded a $1000 scholarship if their essay is selected. Students between the ages of 13 and under 20 are eligible.

You can learn more about the ​Harrington/Arthur Memorial Scholarship here.

17. Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship

The Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates offers the Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship for $5000 to students interested in studying theater arts. Eligible candidates must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, submit an essay of 500 words or less, a resume, three letters of recommendation, one coming from the student’s theater instructor, and a transcript.

You can learn more about the Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship here.

18. Ida M. Crawford Scholarship

Through the Oregon Student Access Commission, the Ida M. Crawford Scholarships awards $500-10,000 to Oregon high school graduates. Applicants must be Oregon residents, have a 3.5 GPA, be majoring in anything, but law, medicine, music, teaching or theology and cannot have any connections with U.S. Bank.

You can learn more about the ​Ida M. Crawford Scholarship here.

19. Incight Scholarship

With the goal of financially assisting students with disabilities who wish to pursue higher education, the Insight scholarship offers more than 850 renewable awards. Eligible applicants must have a documented disability that may include cognitive, learning or physical as defined by the DSM-V. Students must also attend a community college, university, or vocational school on a full-time basis. Recipients are placed in internships related to their field of study.

You can learn more about the Incight Scholarship here.

20. Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship

With the intentions of providing financial aid to women who wish to pursue a higher education with a career in the geosciences, the Association for Women Geoscientists offers the Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship. Qualified applicants must be attending college in Oregon, be enrolled as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th-year full-time student in an associate’s degree or bachelor’s program and have a 3.2 GPA. Applicants must be geochemistry, geology, geophysics, engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, or hydrology majors.

You can learn more about the Janet Cullen Tanaka Scholarship here.

21. Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship

Established in 2010 by the Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation provides $1,000 annually to a graduating Oregon resident who identify as LGBTQ studying fine arts and/or humanities. The recipient is selected based on demonstrated capability to successfully complete a degree program and leadership within the LGBTQ community, and the need of financial assistance to complete their program.

You can learn more about the ​Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship here.

22. Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship

Established in 2010 by the Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Charitable Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation provides $1,000 annually to a graduating Oregon resident who identify as LGBTQ studying fine arts and/or humanities. The recipient is selected based on demonstrated capability to successfully complete a degree program and leadership within the LGBTQ community, and the need of financial assistance to complete their program.

You can learn more about the ​Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship here.

23. L.G. Wells Scholarship

Each year, the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators awards scholarships to Oregon seniors who will be attending 2 or 4-year Oregon colleges. The L.G. Wells Scholarship is open to graduating seniors attending an Oregon public high school, who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, are active participants in extracurricular and community-related activities, and have plans to major in education or engineering. Applicants must be endorsed by a member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA), submit the application form, personal statement, and transcript.

You can learn more about the ​L.G. Wells Scholarship here

24. Marty Smith White/Portland Alumnae Chapter Scholarshipv

Created by the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, the Marty Smith White/Portland Alumnae Chapter Scholarship is presented for $2,675 to, undergrad and grad students who are permanent residents of Oregon and are an alumna or collegian members of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity attending any college, graduate school, or university in Oregon. There is no minimum GPA requirement, but an Academic and Theta reference is required.

You can learn more about the ​Marty Smith White/Portland Alumnae Chapter Scholarship here

25. MGMA Western Section Scholarships

Sponsored by the MGMA Western Section, students who live in Oregon and are current MGMA members, enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management are eligible for a $1000-5000 scholarship. Applicants must be pursuing a career in medical practice management and not in medicine, nursing, or physical therapy. Eligible candidates must submit a resume showing their responsibilities as an employee in the health care field and three recommendation letters.

You can learn more about the ​MGMA Western Section Scholarships here.

26. Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship Program

The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation bestows the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship to students with the purpose of investing in the future of osteopathic medicine. Eligible candidates must be a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th-year doctoral student who is committed to practicing in the Pacific Northwest.

You can learn more about the ​Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship Program here.

27. Oregon Association of Public Accountants Scholarship

For Oregon residents who are pursuing a degree in accounting, the Oregon Association of Independent Accountants annually has established a $1,800 scholarship primarily for students majoring in accounting. Applicants must be full-time Oregon University undergraduate students with a 3.2 GPA in their accounting classes, provide an online educator reference and unofficial transcripts.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Association of Public Accountants Scholarship here.

28. Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship

Established with the purpose of supporting students to promote a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields, the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education offers 10-12 awards annually to Oregon high school graduates. Students must submit an official transcript, an essay, and three letters of recommendation and be entering an agricultural or forestry-related career.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship here.

29. Oregon Ford ReStart Program Scholarship

To support adults over the age of 25 years or older to head to college for the first time, the Ford Family Foundation offers renewable scholarships ranging from $1000-25,000, calculated through a formula. Eligible candidates must meet the age requirement, be pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree at an Oregon public college, and provide a ReStart reference. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to their education, helping their family, and involvement in their community.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Ford ReStart Program Scholarship here.

30. Oregon Heritage Scholarship

For college students who are already enrolled as full-time undergraduate and graduate students at an Oregon college or university, who are researching a topic related to Oregon’s archaeology, cultural heritage, geography, historic preservation history, or related topic. Selected recipients of the $2000 award must present their research process and findings at the Oregon Heritage Conference the following spring. Must submit two letters of reference from faculty, one coming from an advisor and a one-page prospectus of the research project.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Heritage Scholarship here.

31. Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

Annually, the Oregon Music Hall of Fame awards four $2,500 scholarships to Oregon high school seniors who are college-bound music majors in an effort to promote higher musical education. Eligible candidates must demonstrate mastery of his/her instrument, exhibit a pursuit in their personal musicianship, and have a letter of reference from a music teacher.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship here.

32. Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program

In support of academic studies in science, technology, engineering, and math(STEM), the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium provides ten $5,000 scholarships to support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s objectives. Applicants whoare undergrad students can be majoring in, but not limited to biology, chemistry,computer science, earth science, and food science. Women and individuals fromunderrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply and those who can demonstrate how their field of study aligns with NASA’s vision.

You can learn more about the ​Oregon Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program here

33. Rebecca and Sada Tarshis Memorial Scholarship

Established by Rebecca and Sada Tarshis, the Memorial Scholarships aim to provide up to $5000 for post-secondary education to Jewish students. Applicants must be Jewish residents of Oregon, submit documentation to demonstrate financial need, provide two letters of reference, one coming from a Jewish communal professional, an official transcript, and answer the one-page essay prompt.

You can learn more about the ​Rebecca and Sada Tarshis Memorial Scholarship here.

34. Sandy FFA Alumni Association Scholarship

Sponsored by the Sandy FFA Alumni Association, this multi-year $1,000 scholarship is offered to current members of the Oregon FFA Association. Candidates must be Oregon residents, be graduating from an Oregon high school, have plans to attend either college or trade school full time, and be interviewed on the importance of advocating for agriculture. Upon winning, a recipient must agree to speak at future Sandy FFA Alumni Association fundraisers.

You can learn more about the ​Sandy FFA Alumni Association Scholarship here.

35. Sehar Saleha Ahmad and Abrahim Ekramullah Zafar Scholarship

Established by the Sehar Saleha Ahmad and Abrahim Ekramullah Zafar Foundation, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission offers a renewable scholarship to female high school graduates who are enrolled full-time in Oregon’s four-year public or private colleges. Eligible candidates must be pursuing a degree in Applied Sciences, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences must have a 3.80 GPA, and must be residents of Oregon.

You can learn more about the Sehar Saleha Ahmad and Abrahim Ekramullah Zafar Scholarship here.

​We've worked hard to include a variety of scholarship opportunities within our list. If you have any suggestions on additional scholarships, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.