The RPA Counseling staff and Future Center (Glacier Bldg) is your place to find help with all the details related to your scholarship search.

During your senior year, plan on spending time in the Future Center to work on scholarships. When you make it part of your weekly schedule, you’ll find that everything you need to get done gets done!

We all know that college can be expensive. That’s why RPA has compiled this list of scholarships and resources to help you pay for your educational goals.

Scholarships are gifts – free money – for educational purposes. Most people are familiar with the idea of athletic scholarships, but in reality, all sorts of organizations give scholarships for all sorts of reasons. The Central Oregon region offers many local scholarships for students throughout the area. Last year, RPA students earned over $500,000 to support their academic pursuits!

The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

Create your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) This ID is needed to sign your FAFSA (below).
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Due DateInterest AreaProvider & ScholarshipDescription & CriteriaAward Amount
Opens in April and closes in January annuallyNROTC/MilitaryNaval Reserve Officer Training Corps ScholarshipApplication process starts junior year. The purpose of the Navy ROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. The scholarship can go towards attendance at numerous colleges.Full tuition and Fees
1/30Technology AddictionScholarship ApplicationOpen to all high school students. Complete the application and the short essay response.$1,000
1/31NESA STEM scholarship is awarded to one Eagle Scout each year who plans to major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field (STEM).NESA STEM ScholarshipStudents must apply in their senior year of high school, or in the following year if their Eagle Scout board of review was held after December 31 during their senior year in high school. $50,000
1/31General Scholarship, Political Science, History, Government & Economics, Medical & Nursing, American Indian, and moreDAR ScholarshipsPlanning to attend an accredited US college or university

Variety of requirements depending on scholarship
2/1First-Generation College Student in OregonRenaissance FoundationWill you be the first in your family to go to a 4-year college and have significant demonstrated financial need? If so apply! Renaissance typically defines this as an EFC of 6500 or less.$4,000 per year
2/6Oregon family affected by alcohol/drug addiction.Scholarship LinkScholarship aims to support an Oregon family impacted by addiction and poverty. Students will answer 6 essays/questions.$2,500 / 4 year renewable
2/15Military childrenFisher House - Military Scholars ProgramSenior$2,000/700 awards
2/15Hispanic Heritage/EssayHispanic Scholarship FundOpen to seniors with hispanic decent and a 3.0 GPA or above. $500-$5,000
2/17Video/Graphic Design EntryYoung Employee Safety ContestThis video contest is designed to increase teen on-the-job safety awareness using the overall theme “Speak up. Work safe.” Students are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative, while emphasizing ways to protect themselves (and their friends) at work.$500
2/15 and 3/1All SeniorsOSAC ApplicationOregon Office of Student Access and Completion. Students complete one application and are able to apply to countless scholarships. There are four main essay prompts. Students may also apply to the Oregon Promise Grant through this portal.Varies
2/23LOCAL: Involvement Music/VocalsKiwanis Applications are in the front office in Glacier or email with vocal musical talents and a record of music activities who plans to continue to pursuing music as a recreation or career. $500
2/23LOCAL: Merit and Financial NeedKiwanis Scholarship Applications are in the front office in Glacier or email for one. Open to all seniors planning to attend college or trade programs. Applicants are evaluated on their transcript, activities, and financial need. Hard copies are available in the Counseling Office (all should apply)$1,000 (multiple)
2/23LOCAL: Agriculture or Manufacturing Newhouse Charitable Fund ScholarshipOpen to seniors intending to pursue
advanced study in agricultural science or manufacturing technology at the community
college, university level or at an accredited vocational program.
3/1COCC Merit ScholarshipCOCC Merit ScholarshipStudents must be admitted to COCC and then complete the short scholarship application.Varies
2/20Vegetarianism Scholarship LinkOpen to graduating seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities.Two $5,000
One $10,000
3/1STATE: Financial Need/MeritFord Family ScholarshipFord Family scholarships is open to seniors who demonstrate significant financial need (EFC less than $6000) and who will be enrolling in a college in Oregon. Scholarship is renewable for up to four years.Depends on financial need, up to 90% of tuition.
3/1STATE: GeneralCOSA ScholarshipOregon seniors attending 2 or 4 year Oregon colleges with a 3.5 GPA. Must secure at endorsement letter from a COSA member. Talk with Mr. Calbreath about this.$1,000
3/1African American, Hispanic, and American Indian Student: Studying Chemistry related field.ACS ScholarshipsOpen to Senior planning on studying chemistry or chemistry-related fields.Up to $5,000
3/1STATE: Underrepresented populationsDiversity in Leadership="The scholarship open to underrepresented and diverse Oregon high school graduates pursuing higher education in Oregon.Up to $25,000
3/10Leadership and Community InvolvementBBB ScholarshipStudents of Integrity Scholarship. Award Program recognizes seniors in high school who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, overall personal integrity, and academic achievements$2,500
2/18Intended majors: math, chemistry, Engineering, physics, biology, technologies, computer science.SAE ScholarshipsThis program has various science based scholarships that seniors can apply to through one application. Most set their need base level at EFC around $15,000. Various awards
3/15Experienced domestic violence and/or child abuseGo Forward with Confidence ScholarshipScholarship aims to support higher education of a student who has experienced domestic violence or child abuse. Application includes 3 short essays.$1,000 - $3,000
3/15CTE ProgramsCTE ScholarshipOpen to seniors who have completed at least 2.0 CTE credits in high school and will be enrolling in an 2 or 4 year educational institution OR be enrolled in a trade or vocational study at an accredited facility. $1,000
3/15Current JuniorsHoratio Alger ScholarshipDemonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required). Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be a United States citizen.$10,000
3/31People living with Epilepsy or a family member UCB ScholarshipScholarship is open to people living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers. Click the 'registration' tab to apply.$5,000/30 awards
$10,000/2 awards
3/31Art must be on paper or canvas. Water color,
pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic,
pen-and-ink, or oil may be used.
Young Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship ContestOpen to all high school students.$500- $10,000
4/8LOCAL: GeneralRedmond Real Estate Scholarship Applications are in the front office of Glacier.Completed applications are to be turned in to Mr. Calbreath in person or emailed to Open to seniors who have a 3.0 gpa or above and will be attending a college or trade program. Selection is based on accomplishments and financial need.$1,000
4/15LOCAL: LGBTQ+ Leadership: EssayPFLAG Scholarship LinkSeniors with a 3.0 GPA or above who identify as LGBTQ+ or who volunteer in the field of social justice, such as LGBTQ+
organizations in Central Oregon, Black Lives Matter or LatinX groups.
5/1Academic achievement and financial needScholarship LinkOpen to seniors who have earned a 3.0 gpa or above. Complete the application and 750 word essay$500
5/23Essay: Education MattersEducation MattersOpen to seniors with a 3.0 GPA. A 1,000-word essay discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the American education system based on your own experiences. Include realistic ways in which the education system could be improved and explain how and why it would benefit a wide range of students. $1,000
6/1Essay on Clean EnergySafeStreet Clean Energy ScholarshipOpen to all seniors planning to enroll in a 4-year college in the fall. Write an essay no more than 1200 words on the following: What Is the Best Source of Clean Energy and Why?$250-$750
6/15Machinery ProgramsBoom & Bucket ScholarshipStudents must write a 500+ word essay or record a 2-minute video explaining who you are and what makes you excited about the heavy equipment program you are pursuing.$1,000


Scholarship Search Engines:
Oregon GEAR UP Scholarship Calendar
Oregon CIS Financial Aid Sort
Career OneStop
Big Future/College Board
Scholarship Monkey
DREAMer’s Roadmap
Scholarships A-Z

Additional Scholarship Programs:

Office of Student Access & Completion (OSAC) November 1 – March 1 (Early Bird – February 15)
Pride Foundation Scholarships Due January 11
Zeta Phi Beta Due January 26
Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Due January 28
Black United Fund of Oregon Due January 29
Grieg Lodge Due February 15
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Due March 1
Red and Gena Leonard Foundation Due March 15
Benton Community Foundation Due March 27
Oregon School Counselor Association Due April 1
Harrington Family Foundation Due April 2
Stand for Children Due September 12