Outstanding Oregon Scholarships for 2019-2020

Beautiful hiking and breathtaking scenery isn’t the only thing that Oregon is known for; it’s also known for its stellar universities. With top schools like Reed College and the University of Oregon, it’s no wonder that thousands of students call this state home each year.

But a quality education doesn’t come cheap! Reed College, a private institution, charges students $56,030 per year for tuition (although they do have an excellent financial aid program). At the University of Oregon, in-state students can expect to pay $9,765 per year for tuition while that price rises to $33,345 for out-of-state students. 

So yeah, we know the temptation to apply to colleges and then just cruise for the rest of senior year. But don’t ghost your scholarship applications – stay on top of deadlines to get a headstart on financing college tuition. 

And in particular, don’t forget about local scholarships, which are often less competitive–meaning there’s a higher chance of winning that scholarship award money. Find local and statewide scholarships on Going Merry, and apply to them straight from our website. 

For example, here are just some of the great, local Oregon scholarships on our Going Merry platform.

Scholarships in Oregon

1. PNACAC Student Scholarship

Amount: $500 or $1,000

Provider: The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) will be awarding ten (10), one-time, five (5) $1,000 scholarships and five (5) $500 scholarships to students planning to attend a regionally accredited college or university. PNACAC represents college admissions professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Requirements: GPA of 3.00+, High school or community college class of 2020, and student in one of the 5 Pacific Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington).

2. Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship

Created for upcoming Oregon leaders, this scholarship aims to help students planning to attend a college, university, or trade school within the state. This scholarship is renewable for four years and each recipient receives a personal mentor throughout their college education.

Amount: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)

Provider: Harrington Family Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Involvement in the community, (b) Demonstrated financial need. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

3. Alice and Mason White Memorial Scholarship

Oregon high school graduates who are entering their junior or senior year of full-time undergraduate education are eligible to apply for this prestigious award. These scholarships in Oregon are based on financial need and awarded during the Fall semester.

Amount: Varies

Provider: Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

Who Can Apply: Junior and Senior Undergraduate Students

Requirements: (a) Minimum 3.0 GPA, (b) Participation in at least one extracurricular activity, (c) Demonstrated financial need.  For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

4. The Asian American Foundation of Oregon Scholarship

The Asian American Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships in Oregon each year. Students who have demonstrated participation in the Asian community and cultural events within the state are eligible to apply.

Amount: $1,000

Provider: Asian American Foundation of Oregon (AAFO)

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate Students

Requirements: (a) Residency in Oregon, (b) Minimum 2.5 GPA, (c) U.S. Citizen.  For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

5. American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

These scholarships in Oregon are awarded to graduating high school seniors or GED students with no previous college experience. Applicants must be majoring in civil, electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering at a four-year Oregon university that offers an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Preference is given to students interested in entering a career in consulting engineering.  

Amount: Varies

Provider: Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors & GED Holders with No College Experience

Requirements: (a) Minimum 3.3 GPA, (b) 1280+ combined SAT Scores or 28+ composite ACT scores, (c) Full-time enrollment, (d) Major in any of the engineering fields listed above.  For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

6. Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship

These prestigious scholarships for golf caddies provide full tuition and housing at participating universities. Recipients live in Evans Scholarship Houses with fellow winners. Applicants should demonstrate a strong record as a golf caddy, academic achievement, outstanding character, and financial need.

Amount: Full Tuition + Housing

Provider: Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Strong record as a golf caddy, (b) Demonstrated financial need, (c) Academic achievement. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

7. Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarships

These scholarships in Oregon, ranging from $500 to $1,500, are awarded to students interested in pursuing a career related to ornamental horticulture.

Amount: $500 to $1,500

Provider: Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN)

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors & College Students

Requirements: (a) Majoring in a horticulture-related field, (b) Residency in Oregon. For more information, please visit the scholarship website. (Note: At time of writing, they hadn’t updated it for this school year yet, but based on last year’s deadlines, we expect those to be due in April 2020).

8. Association for Women Geoscientists Pacific Northwest Chapter Scholarship

Undergraduate women in Washington State and Oregon can apply for these awesome Oregon scholarships. Applicants must be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a geoscience-related field, such as geology, environmental/engineering geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and hydrology.

Amount: $1,200

Provider: Association for Women Geoscientists Pacific Northwest Chapter

Who Can Apply: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors

Requirements: (a) Majoring in a geoscience-related field, (b) Residency in Oregon or Washington state, (c) Minimum 3.2 GPA.  For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

Still need help with financial aid and college scholarships?

We get it. It’s complicated to sort out how to fund your college education. Start by submitting your FAFSA form as close to October 1 as possible.

Then you might want to check out these Oregon scholarship application options:

Finally, you’ll want to apply to some independent scholarships–but you want to do it efficiently, right? Don’t waste time with scholarship search engines. ]

Use Going Merry, which makes finding and applying for scholarships easy. You’ll answer a few questions to get matched with only scholarships you’re eligible for. You can then further filter or favorite scholarships, and then apply for them, right on the Going Merry site. We’ll pre-fill information you’ve already provided, so you’ll never have to enter information twice. Now that’s efficient. Sign up here.

Brittany Mailhot

Brittany is a content writer for Going Merry. Our team personally vets every college scholarship listed on our website as your one-stop shop for scholarships. We’re not just one of the best scholarship search engines, but we’re also the only scholarship application platform–all offered to students for free.

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