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
3/31State: Community Involvement Application LinkThis is a need-based scholarship with criteria focusing on an individual’s involvement in their community, rather than academic or athletic performance.$5,000
4/15TeachingPTA ScholarshipHigh school seniors who are planning on studying education. The scholarship may be used at any Oregon public 2 or 4 year college.$500
3/31STATE: Community Involvement Application LinkHarrington Scholarship FoundationStudent must be committed to attend an Oregon college or trade school in the 2023/24 academic year, proof of community involvement/volunteerism, and have financial need. $1,000 renewable
3/29State: BusinessPromising Futures ScholarshipOpen to graduating students who will be attending a 2 or 4 year college. Student must be declaring a major in school business which encompasses a wide variety of duties including accounting, financial planning, business enterprise, benefits and payroll, and public administration.Varies
3/31ArtYoung Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship ContestOpen to all high school students.$500- $10,000
4/1STATE: Underrepresented populationsDiversity in LeadershipThe scholarship open to underrepresented and diverse Oregon high school graduates pursuing higher education in Oregon.Up to $25,000
4/2State: Essay Submission Any graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to submit and essay. Must be an Oregon resident. $500
4/2State: Instrumental Music Submission
Any graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to enter the contest. Must be an Oregon resident. $500
4/2State: Vocal Music Submission Any graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to enter the contest. Must be an Oregon resident. $500
4/2State: Visual Art SubmissionAny graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to enter the contest. Must be an Oregon resident. $500
4/3Local: Classical MusicSunriver Music Festival - Young Artists Scholarshipgraduating high school seniors have been
accepted into wonderful university music programs.
$100 to $3,000
4/1Various TheatreTheatre ScholarshipsVarious scholarships for seniors who have participated in theatre.$1,000-$1,500
4/1LGBTQ/EssayAudria M. Edwards Scholarship FundApplicants will write a one-page essay that describes (a) goals you want to achieve by pursuing higher education, (b) your academic goals and interests, and (c) how a scholarship will prepare you to give back to the LGBTQ community. $4,000
4/1LOCAL: Merit/financial needScholarship LinkRedmond American Legion ScholarshipGraduating senior in good standing, have a good record of school and community citizenship, and express interest in Americanism. Completed applications need to be mailed. $1,000
4/3Essay/Cultural AwarenessICES Cultural ScholarshipScholarship is open to grades 9-12. Applicants will respond to the following prompt 'What does it mean to think globally and act locally and why is it important?'$4,000-$1,500
4/3LOCAL: Athletic Participation in HSScholarship LinkOpen for seniors who participated in at least one year of athletics in high school and earned a 3.0 GPA or above. Application: 3 short essays, transcript, activities chart and a letter of recommendation from a coach if possible.$1,000
4/5LOCAL: Political: Digital MediaIf I Were Mayor Scholarship 2023Open to all students in Grades 9-12. Share your creative ideas about what you would do as mayor through a poster, essay or digital media presentation.$500
4/7LOCAL: Female SeniorsPEO Womens ScholarshipFemale seniors graduating from a Redmond High School with a 3.0 or above. Student must be attending a 2 or 4 year college or vocational program. Scholarship considerations based on merit and financial need.$500-$1500
4/8LOCAL: EssayOutstanding Central Oregon ScholarshipOpen to graduating students in Central Oregon. Must have a cumulative unweighted 3.4 GPA. Applicants will submit a letter of recommendation, transcript and respond to 2 essay prompts: 1) Describe a time in your life that has shaped and molded who you are as a person. 2) Detail how this event will inspire and motivate you as you go forward in your life.$150-$1,800
4/7LOCAL: GeneralJohn Estelle ScholarshipOpen to seniors who have earned a 3.5 weighted gpa or higher and will be attending college in the fall. Selection is based on merit/accomplishments and three short essays.$1,000
4/7LOCAL: Design-related program (architecture, interior design, landscape, mechanical/electrical/industrial/civil engineering or graphic design)BBT Design ScholarshipSenior with a 3.0 GPA or above anticipating enrolling in an area of design-related study. Experience in, or knowledge of the design industry is not required, although this scholarship program is intended to further a student’s interest in a design-related career. $2,500
4/8LOCAL: GeneralRedmond Real Estate Scholarship Applications are in the Future Center. 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
4/8LOCAL GeneralRedmond Rotary ScholarshipOpen to all graduating seniors planning to attend college (2 or 4) next year. Scholarship selection will be based on high school accomplishments in and outside the classroom. Applications are to be mailed.$2,000
4/13Student with ADHDAllegra Ford Thomas ScholarshipScholarship is awarded over two years ($2,500 each year) to a graduating high school senior who will enroll in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program$5,000
4/15STATE: Person living with a disabilityInsight Scholarshipstudents with disabilities pursuing higher educationVarious
4/15Computer Science/Essay Intertech ScholarshipCumulative high school GPA of 3.3 or better, an intent to study computer science in college.$2,500
4/15Asian Pacific IslanderAAFO ScholarshipStudents who demonstrate interest, and participate in cultural and community events. 2.5 gpaTwo $1,000
4/14LGBTQ+ LeadershipLeague Foundation ScholarshipOpen to seniors who are self identified as a member of the LGBTQ+, 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants will complete 2 personal statements, 2 letters of recommendation, and list community activities.Various
4/16Trade/TechnologyPorch ScholarshipYou have a 3.4 GPA and must be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills and technology, or start a small business related to home services offered by Porch.$2,000
4/16GeneralRotary Club of Crook County2.75 and residents of Crook CountyVarious depending upon funding
4/21LOCAL: Music and Performing ArtsRedmond Community ScholarshipOpen to graduating seniors who plan to pursue an education in the performing arts.$2,000
4/20Trageting, but not limited to students of color.Local Grown ScholarshipOpen to current seniors. Application requires two letters of recommendation and an essay on why you want or need this scholarship. Including your academic and career goals.multiple $1,000
4/21State Contest: Essay Reflection Jaycee Foundation ScholarshipStudents must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.75.$2,000
4/27Reading & Writing EssayEssay ContestVarious scholarships open to all high school students.Up to $2,000 with other smaller available
4/29State contestPointe Pest Scholarship Any senior is able to apply. For this scholarship, do something good for someone else and include a note telling them to pass it on. Bonus points are awarded for including pictures.$750
4/30OpenShawn Carter FoundationOpen to all seniors with a 2.0 GPA or above planning to attend any college or trade program. Household income must be less than $75,000.Varies
4/30Preference Ag or Forestry StudiesOregon ScholarshipStudents whose families are members of the farmers Bureau.$1,000
4/30High-achieving student with a diagnosed mental illnessProchnow Foundation ScholarshipThe scholarship is open to students with a 3.5 GPA and above who has experienced mental illness. Write an Essay of 250-500 words describing your long-term personal and professional goals and how you achieve at a high level with a mental illness$1,000
5/1LGBTQ+ Student Planning to Study LGBTQ STEM ScholarshipOpen to LGBTQ+ seniors planing to study STEM in college. $1,000
5/1First-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
5/1Plans on studying Law Enforcement Oregon Sheriffs Dept ScholarshipApplicants will write an essay on "What challenges do you see in the field of law enforcement, and what are your views on meeting these challenges?"$1,600
5/1Students affected by heart condition Application LinkOne graduating senior each year with a $1,000 scholarship toward their continued education.$1,000
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
5/1AccountingOregon Association of Independent AccountantsSeniors enrolled in the study of Accounting$1,500
5/1Construction or Engineering IndustrySchweiger Memorial Fund ScholarshipApplicants wishing to pursue Educational Excellence in Construction or Related Fields
5/1Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from under-represented groups P.O. Pistilli ScholarshipSeniors who have a 3.00 GPA or better (on a 4.00 scale), have demonstrated high achievement in math and science courses, have expressed a strong desire to pursue careers in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science, and who have demonstrated substantial financial need.$4,000 for 5 years
5/1EssayRover ScholarshipSeniors with a 3.0 or above. Write an essay on 'How did growing up with a pet in your life (could be a friend's or family member's) impact the person you are today?'$2,500
5/3RPA Faculty Scholarship faculty scholarship essay for seniors attending a two or four-year institution for the fall of 2024. TBD
5/6LGBTQ+ EssaysStonewall Community FoundationApplication is open to graduating students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or two-spirit. And plan to study fashion design, retail management, mental health or social justice advocacy.$5,000
5/8Financial Need & Athletic AccomplishmentOregon Sports Hall of Fame MacTarnahan ScholarshipSenior 3.3 gpa$3,000
5/10Local: General Scholarship ApplicationGraduating senior planning on attending any college or trade program.$2,500
5/15Music MajorOR Music Hall of FameEach applicant should be a student studying music with the talent of instrument or voice graduating spring 2020 from an Oregon high school and continuing their collegiate/university academics as a major or minor in music at any college or university in the country. Please view a short video presentation here: Any questions may be emailed to: All items must be mailed together, in order to qualify: Oregon Music Hall of Fame, PO Box 82173, Portland, OR 97282.$2,500
5/19Essay: 500-800 wordBill of Rights Institute ScholarshipEssay Prompt: How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society?Grand Prize: $5,000 cash
Other awards will vary.
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