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.
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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 Date||Interest Area||Provider & Scholarship||Description & Criteria||Award Amount|
|2/28||Creative talents, essay, all majors welcome||SENTIENT Furniture Scholarship||Open for seniors planning on enrolling in college next fall. Must have cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students will be asked to write a 800-1000 word essay on "How you have used your creative talents to achieve at your college or university so far?"||$1,000|
|2/29||Local: Essay Contest High Desert Museum.||Desert Writing Contest||Open to 9-12 graders. Essay of non-fiction prose, may describe a place, address an issue facing the desert, or relate a true story about the desert. Summaries of already well-documented topics are discouraged.||$250|
(Multiple scholarship apps)
|American Welding Society||Must be enrolled in a welding-related educational or training program.||$2,000|
|3/2||All Seniors||OSAC Application||Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion. Students complete one application and are able to apply to countless scholarships. There are four main essay prompts.||Varies|
|3/2||Essay Contest (state level)||Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship||Open to Junior and Seniors. Write an essay, no more than 600 words responding to 'How would an effective movement for climate justice benefit immigrant communities?'||$1,000-$500|
|3/2||Local: Female Seniors||PEO Womens Scholarship||Female 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. Hard copy applications available in the Future Center.||$500|
|3/2||Local: Interest in STEM||Kiwanis STEM Scholarship Application||Will be evaluated on ACT/SAT, grade point average, academic record, school activities, and an essay. Hard copies of the application are available in the Future Center.||$1,000|
|3/5||Local: Music/Vocals||Kiwanis Vocal Scholarship Application||Senior with vocal musical talents and a record of music activities who plans to continue to pursuing vocal music as a recreation. Applicants are evaluated on vocal music activities, ACT/SAT, grade point average, school activities, financial need, and an essay. Hard copies of the application are available in the Future Center.||$1,000|
|3/6||Community Involvement||Scholarship Application||Student must be committed to attend an Oregon college or trade school in the 2020/21 academic year, completed standardized testing required for program admission (SAT or ACT), proof of community involvement/volunteerism, and have financial need. In a one-page essay, please answer the following question: "At the end of your life, what do you want your “leadership legacy” to be? With that in mind, what do you need to accomplish between now and then to turn that vision into a reality?"||$4,000|
|3/11||Local: Essay Contest||Essay Contest Application||Any graduating OR HS senior is eligible. Essay topic 'Growth in Service'. Write about a personal experience you had where you volunteered for community service.||$200|
|3/15||Experienced domestic violence and/or child abuse||Go Forward With Confidence Scholarship||Scholarship 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|
|3/16||Regional Essay Contest||Scholarship Overview||Students of Integrity Scholarship. Seniors with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.||$2,000|
|4/1||General||NWCU Northwest Credit Union||*LOCAL|
Demonstrate service to community. Attend 2 or 4 year in Oregon.
|$1,000 full time and $500 part time|
|4/1||Local: Engineering||H.A McCoy Engineering Scholarship Application||Senior with at least a 3.75 gpa, attending a college or trade program in the fall. Three short essays.||$1,000|
|4/1||Local: General||John Estelle Scholarship Application||Open 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|
|4/3||Local: General: Essays||Redmond Realtor's Scholarship Application||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 need.||$1,000|
|4/3||Local: Interest in the Design or Architecture Profession||BBT Design Scholarship||To be eligible, student applicants must anticipate enrollment in an area of design-related study for the 2020-2021 academic year. This scholarship must be used during the year for which it is awarded. 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 (Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Engineering, or Graphic Design). Applicants are judged on motivation, career plans in design, financial need, and scholastic record.||$2,500|
|4/3||Local: Essay||Big Foot Beverage Scholarship||Applicant must demonstrate positive impact involvement – in the complete sense - consistent with capacity and circumstances and/or significant improvement/success in scholarship and community involvement, determined through letter of recommendations. Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater. Essay: WHAT IS YOUR STORY OF A BIGFOOT? (This can be truthful or fictional, but be creative. Possibly it's about a BIG|
accomplishment or about your BIG future plans or maybe you’ve even spotted the real Bigfoot! (1000 word limit please)
|4/6||Local: General||Redmond Rotary Scholarship||Open to all seniors graduating from a HS in Redmond. Students complete the Application and submit two letters of recommendation, copy of your transcript and test scores.||$1,000|
|4/11||Local Instrumental and Vocal Music Scholarship Contest||Scholarship Contest Application List||Any graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to enter the contest. Applicants for the scholarship will perform live at the state contest at Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Highway 22 Independence, Oregon 97351|
April 11, 2020. The winner of the scholarship will be announced the day of the contest. Registration is from 9:30 am to 10:00 am on April 11, 2020. The contest will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
|4/11||Local Essay Contest||Scholarship Application||Any graduating Oregon High School Senior is eligible to enter the contest. ESSAY TOPIC: “Growth In Service.” We would like you to write about a personal experience you had where you volunteered for community service.||$200|
|4/17||Business - State Level||Promising Futures Scholarship||Seniors with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and planning to declared a major compatible with Business Management|
|4/17||Essay Reflection - State Level||Oregon Jaycee Foundation Scholarship||Students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.75.||$2,000|
|6/15||Environmental Science or related field. Essay submission.||Extreme Terrain Scholarship||Open to students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Students should submit a 700 – 1500 word essay to firstname.lastname@example.org that describes who you are, why you feel it is important to maintain access to public lands for recreational use and how you plan to use your degree to advocate for the recreational use of public lands.||$2,500|
|6/15||Automotive themed majors" AmericanMuscle||Automotive Scholarship||Open to seniors pursuing an automotive themed major. Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to email@example.com telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university.||$2,500|
|6/15||Technical/vocational||AmericanTrucks Vocational Scholarship||Open to seniors who are currently enrolled full-time in a secondary vocational school, technical institute, or are high school seniors who are enrolled in one of the aforementioned institutes.||$2,500|
|7/20||Essay Contest||Rosen & OHR Law Scholarship||Write an essay (750-1000) explaining in detail how a serious accident involving you, a family member, or a close friend has impacted your life. This could have been a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, a work-related injury, or any other serious accident.|
Explain how an injury from the accident has affected you or a loved one by: Limiting or restricting daily activities, affecting feelings and relationships, impacting finances.
|Scholarship Search Engines:|
|Oregon GEAR UP Scholarship Calendar|
|Oregon CIS Financial Aid Sort|
|Big Future/College Board|
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|