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
9/27Merit/Financial NeedQuestBridgeQuestBridge is a national scholarship program for seniors who have excelled academically and demonstrate great financial need. The program will support you through the application process for top universities across the country.Up to Full Tuition
6/12General: EssayAbbott & FennerOpen to all Junior or Seniors. Write a 500-1000 word essay: 'Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.'$1,000
6/15Full-time in a secondary vocational school, technical instituteAmerican Trucks ScholarshipSenior - HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study.2 each
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
6/15EssayTrademark ScholarshipOpen to all seniors who plan on attending community college or college; with the best story of what their “trademark” will be in life. In other words, when your career is over, what will you be known for? titled “Trademark Scholarship” with your resume attached as a PDF and your 500 word or less essay in the body of your email.$2,500
6/15CTE or Community college programHoratio Alger ScholarshipOpen for students in the class of 2023 who are enrolling in a community college or technical degree program and demonstrate financial need/Pell Grant Eligible.$2,500
6/19Athletic Participation: Essay BigSun Scholarship All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. Applicants will respond to essay prompts regarding their HS sport participation.$500
6/30Essay: Science MajorsScholarship App InfoOpen to seniors enrolling in a 2 or 4 year university and have an interest in science. $1,000
6/30Senior, who will attend accredited college, university or trade schoolAutomotive Hall of FameFinancial need, 3.0 gpaVaries
6/30Delete Cyberbullying EssayDelete Cyberbullying Open to all 9-12 grade students. Complete the short online application including one 500 word essay on either: Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying? or How has cyberbullying personally affected you?$1,000
8/31Native AmericanOregon Native American Chamber ScholarshipONAC, bases all awards based on need, community impact, and student success. We are dedicated to improving Native American student access to higher education by reducing barriers and providing critical financial $1,500
8/31Essay Contest: cyberbullying awarenessMcCreadyLaw Scholarship Details Open to seniors with a 3.0 GPA. Write 750 word response to the prompt: Discuss the role of parents, school administration, and the role YOU could play in cyberbullying awareness and prevention. How can these parties react to cyberbullying and what steps can they take to effectively prevent it? using the subject line: “[Applicant’s Name] – The Cyberbullying Awareness Scholarship” by the May 31 deadline.$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