Scholarships in Oregon

oregon scholarshipsCollege education can be expensive and finding the right scholarship can be difficult; especially when you are competing against a large pool of applicants. Applying for a state specific scholarship helps increase the chances of getting a scholarship to meet your needs.

Scholarships in Oregon

Oregon Scholarships are available for almost all students who are interested in higher education and come from different sources. There are state scholarships, university scholarships and private scholarships. Whichever the type of scholarship, it is usually based on merit or need and at times it can be a combination of the two.

There are a number of sources through which you can apply for a state scholarship:

  • The Oregon Community Foundation offers 2,400 scholarships annually which are funded by 330 different funds established by civic organizations, individuals, families, schools, or employers. They apply to an array of academic interests and students who have graduated from specific high schools. Selection is done by volunteer members who scrutinize each application to determine who is best suited to which fund.
  • The National Merit Scholarship Program is a national program in which students can enter by taking the Preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. After three stages of screening, approximately 8,300 finalists are notified about their selection to receive a merit scholarship. The awards offered are of four types: National Merit Scholarships, Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships, College-sponsored Merit Scholarships and Special Scholarships.
  • The Oregon Student Assistance Commission offers 320 privately funded scholarships for which students can apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for up to 20 programs.
Some universities or departments within universities also have scholarship programs for students enrolled or planning to enroll for a specific program. To apply students must meet the criteria set by the concerned department which is usually based on academic excellence or potential.
A number of private organizations, individuals or groups offer private scholarships which are applicable to specific programs and are either need-based or merit-based but usually require some sort of outstanding performance.

Scholarships by State