Figuring out how to pay for college can be stressful, but luckily Oregon residents have access to many scholarship opportunities unique to their state or their region. Finding these scholarships is just a matter of doing some research, which will reveal many opportunities designated specifically for Oregon students. In fact, there are too many scholarship and grant opportunities to discuss in this short article. Luckily, there are some websites that have done the heavy lifting for you, collecting and sharing information on many scholarships specially designed for Oregon students.
Scholarships and grants are available for students who meet some very precise qualifications. There are several targeting students who go to school in specific parts of the state. The G. Russell Morgan Scholarship is available for students who graduate from Century, Glencoe, or Hillsboro High Schools. The scholarship is renewable, but the student must be enrolled to study law. The Douglas County Community Scholarship is a $1000 renewable fund for graduates of Douglas County High School, but the student must attend college in Oregon, Washington, California, or Idaho. The Burns Lions Club Scholarship does not demand their recipient attend college anywhere specific or study any particular subject, only that he or she graduates from Burns or Crane High Schools.
Not all scholarships have such specific qualifications. Several offer money to students in financial need. The Ida M. Crawford Scholarship awards money to needy students who graduate from an Oregon high school with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Students qualifying for this award must have been born in the continental United States (sorry Hawaiian students who moved to Oregon) and cannot go on to study law medicine, music, teaching, or theology. A more inclusive needs-based award is the Ford Scholarship for financially disadvantaged students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who plan on attending an Oregon school.
A lucrative needs-based scholarship for Oregon students is the Beat the Odds Scholarship. This program awards $10,000 to three college-bound students who can demonstrate they have “beaten the odds.” Students must show financial need, have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, done some kind of volunteer work, and have overcome some personal hardship, such as poverty, physical disability, or personal tragedy.
These are just a few of many scholarship opportunities for Oregon students. For those wanting to do more research there are several sites that have more information on these and many others. One of the most comprehensive places to search for Oregon scholarships is at Scholarships.com. They have compiled a list of scholarships by state, allowing students from any state browse scholarship and grant opportunities for them. The great thing about this site is they list all scholarships and grants an Oregon student might be eligible, including ones that do not require they live in the state of Oregon. You can also check out other sites like the Online Educational Database (OEDb.com) and Cappex.com, both of which have comprehensive lists of Oregon scholarships.
Between these three sites, you are sure to find several scholarship opportunities suited for you or your child.