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
9/30AllCirkled No Sweat ScholarshipOpen to all students grades 8-12. Complete the student profile$2,500
Sept 30 - Dec 5thVarious Scholarships ScholarshipsVarious scholarships available through the organization.$500-$2000
9/30Junior or senior in high school or college student with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or betterCourage to Grow ScholarshipCourage to Grow Scholarship Essay "explain in 250 words or less why you believe that you should be awarded this scholarship"$500
10/12Video Contest - Tuition Giveaway Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway Must be 18 years old. Create a 15 – 60 second video/TikTok in which you tell us your career goals, why you need tuition assistance, and how your life, community, and the world will be improved if you are able to pursue your goals with the help of the tuition assistance, then submit the Video publicly through your TikTok account using the official Challenge (“Tuition Dreamin’”) sound and #DrPepperTuitionContest. You must follow @drpepper on TikTok$25,000 or $100,000
10/17Essay ContestLeague of Women VotersThe subject of the essay is “Why Vote?” (The ‘Y’ is for Yes, Youth, and Why?) The contest is open to high school seniors, Class of 2023, in Deschutes County. See link for full details.$500
10/18Participated in High School SportsHeisman ScholarshipEligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must participate or have participated in high school athletics in grades 9-12. $1,000
10/31Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship Essay: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less)UnigoMust be 13 years of age or older, legal resident and planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution by 2025.$2,000
10/30Financial Education - open to all.Bank of America Financial Education ContestStudents Fill out a registration form and are entered into a drawing as they complete financial education lessons.$5,000-$10,000
10/31Academic and leadership experienceCoca-Cola Scholars Foundation High School senior planning to pursue a degree at a U.S. post-secondary institution.$20,000
11/1IT interestElectric: Mobile Device IT Innovation ScholarshipSenior-Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us about your great idea for a solution that could help the world with our ever-expanding usage of mobile devices and our collective needs to manage, secure, use and improve them.$1,000
11/17Academics/Financial NeedJack Kent Cooke Foundation ScholarshipSeniors who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need (family income less than $95,000). Apply through the Common application. More information about the scholarship may be found here:
12/31Aircraft Electronics & MaintenanceAircraft Electronics AssociationMultiple scholarships available related to aircraft maintenance. Career plans essay$1,000 (20 awards)
12/31GeneralBurger King ScholarsHigh school senior with 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA and plan to enroll in a four-year college next fall. Applicants will complete the online application focused on work or volunteer experience and academic achievement.$1,000 - $12,500
1/7LGBTQ+Pride FoundationScholarship program supports LGBTQ+ students who are leaders—in their own lives, in their families, in their home communities, in their fields of study, in their workplaces, or in our movements for justice. Varies
1/15ALLMENSA Education and Research FoundationMultiple Scholarships available through one applications. Seniors, write an essay of not more than 550 words explaining their career, academic and/or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve those goals.$500-$5,000
1/19Asian and/or Pacific Islander. Financial need.APIASF ScholarshipSenior who is Asian and/or Pacific Islander, demonstrates financial need, completes the FAFSA, has cumulative 2.7 non weighted gpa. $2,500-$15,000
1/13Leadership, Political CourageJFK Essay ContestGrades 9-12, submit an essay, no more than 1,000 words. Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.1st place - $10,000
2nd place - $3,000
Finalists - $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


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