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Outside Scholarship Resources

How do I find out about Scholarships?

Hit the books. Doing research can help you find scholarships you may not have otherwise known about. Most public and campus libraries carry scholarship guides. Ask your librarian or guidance counselor for help. Also look under “financial aid,” “student aid,” and “scholarships.”Ask employers. Your parents might already be aware of scholarships provided for children of employees. If not, the human resources department is usually the place to check to find out what is available. If you are employed, check with your employer to see if scholarships are available.

Check local scholarships. Many community organizations, churches, and clubs offer scholarships. Your high school guidance counselor, and/or Aspire Coordinator, should be able to provide information about most of them, and can refer you to sponsors who can provide applications and information.

Sample Scholarship Inquiry Letter

Don’t Get Scammed! Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many students and their families are falling prey to scholarship scams. For more information on avoiding scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s “Scholarship Scams” page by clicking here. In researching sources of college funding, students are encouraged to seek out sources that provide free services and information, such as those listed below. EOU does not endorse any scholarship search services.

The following websites offer additional funding opportunities outside of Eastern Oregon University. EOU is not responsible for and does not endorse any of the material on these sites.

Printed Material at the EOU Library:

Helpful Scholarship Search Sites:

State of Oregon

HECC Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) Scholarships – like grants – are financial aid that you do not need to pay back. There is no cost to apply. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 or more. You don’t need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply. OSAC administers more than 600 scholarship programs, and you may qualify, but you won’t know unless you apply!

OregonStudentAid.gov is the place to find money for college, awarding students more than $102 million in grants and scholarships each year. Funding includes, but is not limited to, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, Scholarships, and specific grants for foster care youth, students caring for dependents, Oregon National Guard members, and resources available to Oregon residents who are undocumented or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

Area High Schools — Local Scholarships

External links maintained by respective school districts.


Arlington High School


Baker High School

Lava Bears

Bend Senior High School


Culver High School


Echo High School


Grant Union High School


Imbler High School


La Grande High School


La Pine High School


McLoughlin High School


North Powder Charter School


Pendleton High School


Pilot Rock High School


Prairie City School


Redmond High School


Ridgeview High School


Weston-McEwen High School


The Dalles High School

Please contact these schools directly.

Cove Charter School


Crook County High School


Elgin High School


Enterprise High School


Griswold School


Heppner High School


Hermiston High School


Irrigon High School


Joseph Charter School

White Buffaloes

Madras High School


Pine Eagle High School


Riverside High School


Stanfield Secondary School


Umatilla High School


Ukiah School


Union High School


Wallowa High School


Wheeler High School


Please report broken links to scholarships@eou.edu. Thank you.

Amazon Web Services InCommunities Renewable Scholarship

Amazon Web Services InCommunities is excited to offer $2,500 renewable scholarships to eligible high school seniors who plan to pursue a STEM-related education.

Applications are now open to students until March 29. 2022.  The AWS InCommunities Scholarship Program offers scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects at higher education institutions in designated districts of California, Oregon, Ohio, and Virginia, where the company has data center operations.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a current, public, private or home-schooled high school senior attending school in one of the following designated areas:
    • California: Alameda County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County
    • Ohio: City of Dublin, City of Hilliard, City of Johnstown, City of New Albany, City of Plain City, Fairbanks Local School District, Marysville School District, North Union Local School District
    • Oregon: Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (“CTUIR”) & Nixyaawii School, Morrow County, Umatilla County
    • Virginia: City of Manassas, Culpepper County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County
  • Plan to enroll in full-time or part-time undergraduate study at an accredited non-profit public or private two-year or four-year college, university or vocational technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Plan to major in an eligible “STEM” field of study (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

Again, the deadline to apply is March 29, 2022.

For more details and to apply, visit https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/awsincommunities today!

UNCF Slater-Millner Scholars Fund

Developed in partnership with UNCF, The Slater-Millner Scholars Program will provide need-based scholarships to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) rising college sophomores majoring in pre-medicine with a demonstrated interest in providing healthcare to underserved communities.

Selected recipients will receive $2,500 in the sophomore year, $5,000 in the junior year, and $7,500 in the senior year, and access to the Ascension Medical Educators – Aspiring Physicians Program to receive advising and mentoring services. Preference will be given to applicants who reside in, or are permanent residents of, the state of Massachusetts. 

Applicants who do not meet all eligibility and application requirements will not be considered for this scholarship opportunity.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Be currently classified as a college freshman, and will be enrolled as a full-time college sophomore for the 2022-2023 academic year at any US-located accredited 4-year college or university.
  3. Be African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latinx, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hmong, Cambodian, Vietnamese, or Native Hawaiian in identification as one of the racial/ethnic groups under-represented in medicine.
  4. Be a US citizen or permanent US resident, or provide documentation to confirm Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  5. Have a declared Pre-Medicine major or a comparable curricular tract for Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine. 
  6. Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (with exception for DACA students), and have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by the applicant’s institution.

Application Requirements

  1. A current unofficial college transcript or screenshot of current college academic record. 
  2. Two 350-500 word essays (see application for details).
  3. DACA applicants must upload documentation confirming their DACA status.

Applicant contact information will be shared with the scholarship Grantor.

Selected finalists will be contacted by UNCF in July 2022, and shall be required to submit an official transcript and copy of their financial aid award letter.

OPEN DATE: 4/12/2022 12:00 AM EST

CLOSE DATE: 5/19/2022 11:59 PM EST

Thornton FFA Collegiate Scholarship

The Thornton FFA Scholarship was established in 1991 to encourage FFA members in the  state of Oregon to pursue higher educational opportunities in agriculture with the ultimate  goal of seeking a degree in agriculture. The Thornton family hopes that this scholarship  will encourage people to physically work toward their goals and to responsibly contribute  to excellence in production agriculture. 


1. Eligible students must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and be  enrolled full time (12 or more credits on the quarter system) in an Oregon community  college or university either as undergraduates majoring in an eligible agriculture degree  or master’s degree students majoring in agricultural education planning to teach in  Oregon.  

Eligible undergraduate degree programs include agriculture production and sciences,  agriculture education, and agriculture business degrees, including, but not limited to the  following: agricultural production, crop/plant sciences, animal sciences, range sciences,  soil sciences, agricultural sciences, agricultural education/leadership, agricultural  business/economics, precision agriculture, and pre-veterinary science/medicine. 

Forestry, fisheries, wildlife, natural resources, marijuana/hemp/hop production, food  science, viticulture, enology (wine making), and zymology (fermentation science) are  not eligible majors or career pathways for this scholarship. 

2. Student selection shall be limited to Oregon high school graduates who completed a  minimum of two years in an Oregon Agricultural Sciences and Technology Program  (vocational agriculture) with membership in an Oregon high school FFA chapter at  least their junior and senior years.  

3. Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. 

4. If equally qualified, a preference shall be given to students from the Yamhill-Carlton  FFA program, then to students from Yamhill County, then to students from Polk  County, then to students throughout the state of Oregon.  

5. Recipients are eligible to receive the Thornton FFA Scholarship three times if they  reapply and are reselected. If reapplying, please significantly change your  applications by updating the financial section, adding recent pictures, updating your  activities page, refreshing essays 2 and 3, and including current reference letters that  highlight endeavors from the most recent year. Please ensure you are using the current  year’s application.  

6. Agricultural interest, scholarship, service, honesty, integrity, initiative, and  determination as evidenced through school, jobs, community activities and FFA  participation will be major deciding factors in the final selection. 

Award Information 

Student recipients will receive their scholarship in one payment to their college account  spring term of the current school year, contingent upon verification of full-time enrollment  and the Thornton Family’s receipt of a thank you note within 30 days of scholarship award  notification. The donor mailing address will be provided via email to scholarship  nominees.  


If you have questions about the scholarship, application process or eligibility, please email  witnesstree@eoni.com. Indicate Thornton FFA Collegiate Scholarship as the email subject. 

Application Process 

Read all instructions. Answer all questions. Submit application, including required attachments in order compiled into a single PDF file. Use an online PDF combination tool  to combine files if needed.  

Email must be sent no later than 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. 

Soroptimist International of La Grande Scholarships/Awards

Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls.  Scholarships and awards are available to students who have graduated from a Union County High School or have lived in Union County for more than five years.  The scholarships/awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Elks National Foundation

The Elks National Foundation, provides $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs:

The Ford Family Foundation

The Ford Family Foundation serves the people and communities of Oregon and Siskiyou County, CA, and, in some cases, other regions. Many recipients enthusiastically declare that the Scholarship Programs are about “so much more than the money.” Our selection committees strive to select recipients whose past and potential are worthy of special support. We work to develop a long-term relationship with such students – not simply to bestow a scholarship. We look for applicants of all ages with unique attributes who may not have had the encouragement, the opportunity or the financial means to attend or to complete their higher education. These candidates demonstrate an understanding of the value of work, taking responsibility, giving back and helping others.  The FFF is comprised of four different scholarship programs;

  • Ford Scholars program: Graduating high school seniors and the equivalent seeking a bachelor’s degree.
  • Ford Transfers program: Community college students ready to transfer as a junior to a 4-year college in the fall.
  • Ford Opportunity Program: Parents of any age and adult learners over the age of 25 who are seeking a full-time associate or bachelor’s degree.(we combined the Opportunity with the ReStart program).
  • Ford Sons and Daughters: Dependent children or stepchildren of Roseburg Forest Products Co. employees.

Leo Adler Foundation

The primary purpose of the Scholarship Fund shall be the furtherance of higher education, trades and other vocations of worthy graduates of North Powder High School, Union County, Oregon and of all the high schools located in Baker County, Oregon who at the time of their graduation are residents of Baker County or attend North Powder High School. In addition, the trustee is authorized to make scholarships grants to recipients of general equivalency diplomas (GED’s) issued by a duly accredited institution in Oregon, provided that the recipient is a resident of North Powder School District or Baker County at the time of receiving the diploma.

The Oregon Community Foundation

We believe that our community’s future depends on education. And our donors agree. With more than 439 scholarship funds that make higher education and training more accessible, OCF has one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind in the country. Every year, we award more than $8 million through 3,300 scholarships. Scholarships are available for graduates of specific high schools, students interested in a certain subject, and many other types of students. If you’re interested in pursuing higher education, we probably have a scholarship that can help you realize your dream.

P.E.O. Sisterhood

P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement of women through education. Through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College, we strive to support and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. For a listing of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please see the P.E.O. Projects and Philanthropies web page.

Earnest Scholarship

Earnest Student Loans, a Navient Company, each year sets aside a portion of their profits to give back as scholarships. They are holding a no essay scholarship drawing. They will select 50 students to revieve a $5000 scholarship. This is open to any student that will be pursuing a 4-year or graduate degree in the Fall. For a listing of the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please see the Earnest Student Loans scholarship webiste.

Teacher Development Scholarship Program

The Great Albany Public Schools is offering a tuition assistance program similar to the Federal TEACH Grant. The award varies between $1,000 – $4,000 per year. The program requires that students maintain all requirements towards degree completion including passing required tests, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and regularly attend cohort meetings. Upon graduation, the student must teach in one of the Greater Albany Public Schools for at least 3 years. For a listing of eligibility requirements and deadlines, please see the Teacher Development Scholarship Program Contract.

EOU Tri-Chapter Scholarship Fund

Union County high school senior girls planning to attend Eastern Oregon University are eligible for this $3000 scholarship ($1000 per term) provided by Chapters I, CO, and DK of La Grande, Oregon. For an application and instructions, please contact your high school advisor as application packets are provided to each high school in Union County at the beginning of the school year. You may also contact Kathy Christensen at kathy.christensen@frontier.com. The scholarship deadline is March 30.

Chapter DK P.E.O. Memorial Scholarship Fund

This is a $1000 scholarship supported by Chapter DK memorial contributions. Eligible applicants must be women who have graduated from a Union County high school, will be at least a sophomore in college starting fall term, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. For an application packet, please contact Teresa Gustafson at tkgustafson@outlook.com. The scholarship deadline is March 30.

Oregon FFA Scholarships

Oregon FFA offers scholarships for Oregon resident students.  The FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Applications can be found on the Oregon FFA website at oregonffa.com/scholarships-2/

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca-Cola System. Scholarship recipients excel academically and in service to others. Most Coca-Cola Scholars share a passion for social justice and many have overcome tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams. High school seniors throughout the United States who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for one of our four-year, achievement-based scholarships.

Horatio Alger Oregon Scholarship Program

Five, $7,000 scholarships are awarded and funded through the generosity of Association Member, Peter W. Scott. The Horatio Alger Oregon Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Oregon who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program

Open to higher education students entering their junior and senior year of Undergraduate study, the scholarship program continues to grow in both the number of scholarships offered each year and the amount of each scholarship. Each scholarship recipient is selected by the Scholarship Program Board of Directors, and each recipient both demonstrates and exceeds the program standards, which include: a strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career, academic excellence, a dedication to community service, and a need for financial support of their education. Scholarship winners, beyond receiving their monetary award, are invited to attend a Winner’s Reception and Dinner in Boston, where they are honored and given the opportunity to meet the Gallagher Student Staff, the Scholarship Board Members, and other Gallagher Student Friends and Associates.

Veterans United Foundation

During the fall 2015 scholarship cycle, VUF will award up to three (3) scholarships to eligible recipients. Each award is for up to $20,000, and is non-renewable. Award recipients must be: 

  • A  surviving spouse or surviving child of a fallen active duty service member or fallen Veteran of the United States Armed Forces
  • Currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university by the spring semester of 2016
  • Pursuing a trade or professional certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, graduate, post-graduate or doctoral degree
  • Willing and able to provide a copy of your most recent full FAFSA filing
  • Comfortable sharing your personal story and aspirations for the future with others on camera
  • Willing to supply fallen parent or spouse military documents relevant to award criteria
  • Willing to supply VUF with receipts or invoices related to eligible educational costs as they are incurred in order to receive payment. Eligible costs include tuition, books, fees, school materials, and some aspects of room and board as determined by the Foundation. Payments may be made directly to the school or reimbursed to the award recipient

Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

The U.S. Army Medical Department can help take away the worry of how you’ll pay for school. The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program is available to qualifying students who wish to earn professional degrees from accredited medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical or counseling psychology programs. We will pay 100 percent of your tuition, plus we will also pay for required books, equipment and most academic fees. Qualifying medical and dental students are also eligible to receive a $20,000 sign-on bonus.

Students with Disabilities

There are many circumstances that can make financing college harder for disabled students. Disabilities often prevent students from attending school full-time, making it harder to qualify for financial aid and scholarships reserved for those with full-time status, prevent students from working part-time jobs to offset tuition costs, require access to accommodations or support that are not provided or covered by schools, and require medical care that is not covered by school-sponsored insurance plans. Fortunately, there are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is our guide to the opportunities out there.

OHA Union/Wallowa County Chapter

“To provide an abundant huntable wildlife resource in Oregon for present and future generations, enhancement of wildlife habitat and protection of hunter’s rights.”

Student should be graduating from a Union or Wallowa County High School, currently enrolled in college at EOU with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, or attending another University or College whose permanent residence is located in Union or Wallowa Counties. Student must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports. A copy of your current hunting license is required. For complete list of qualifications and application, contact the EOU Financial Aid office at scholarships@eou.edu. Three awards given up to $1500. Application must be postmarked by May 10th.

PNACAC Student Scholarship

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is pleased to offer scholarships to students in our region! Multiple students who attend school in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington will be selected for one-time, non-renewable scholarships ranging from $500-$1000. Students from diverse backgrounds and all family income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019 at midnight.

Eligibility Criteria

Willamette Valley Agriculture Association

Scholarships are awarded to Oregon students with at least a Sophomore standing who are majoring in Agriculture, Agriculture Business Management, Agriculture Production, Agriculture related industry. Awards available up to $3,000 as determined by scholarship committee. FAFSA not required for award. Must apply with transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Application deadline is May 28th, 2017.

Sallie Mae

“College scholarships are financial aid for college that you can apply for through organizations, websites, scholarship tools, and more. Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, field of study, ethnicity, religion, and more. You don’t need to be number one in your class or an all-star athlete to get free money for college.”

College Board’s Scholarship Search

“Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

“Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches.

“Scholarship information is based on the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.”

Scholarships.com Scholarship Search

“Whether you’re a high school student, college student, nontraditional or adult-learner, complete a free profile then get matched to scholarships and grants you’re qualified for from colleges, universities, organizations, foundations, corporations, government & more.”

Teaching Scholarship & Grants

“There are many scholarships and grants available for educators and those thinking of becoming educators. [Teacher.org has] included details … on numerous scholarships that are offered in the United States.”

Peterson’s Scholarship Search Tool

“It doesn’t matter how much scholarship money is available, if you don’t qualify for any of it. Peterson’s scholarship search tool reaches super hero status with its ability to filter available scholarships by school type, ethnicity, gender, field of study, state of residence, award type, and more!”

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