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.

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  • Ragins, Marianne. Winning Scholarships for College : An Insider’s Guide. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 1994. Print.
  • Paonita, Jocelyn. The Scholarship System : 6 Simple Steps on How to Win College Scholarships and Secure Financial Aid. North Charleston, South Carolina]: [CreateSpace Independent Platform], 2014. Print.
  • Tanabe, Gen S., and Tanabe, Kelly Y. How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay : Including 30 Essays That Won over $3 Million in Scholarships. Fifth ed. Belmont, CA: SuperCollege, 2014. Print.
  • Lipphardt, Debra. The Scholarship & Financial Aid Solution : How to Go to College for next to Nothing with Short Cuts, Tricks and Tips from Start to Finish. Revised Second ed. Ocala, Florida: Atlantic Group, 2015. Print.
  • Ellis, Kristina. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner : The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College : How You Can Too! Brentwood, Tenn.: Worthy, 2013. Print.
  • Richardson, Gwen. 101 Scholarship Applications : What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-free College Education. First Edition, 2017 ed. Houston, TX: Cushcity Communications, 2017. Print.
  • 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. hecc-logo 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!
    Money for CollegeOregonStudentAid.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.

    Honkers Arlington High School

    Bulldogs Baker High School

    Lava Bears Bend Senior High School

    Bulldogs Culver High School

    Cougars Echo High School

    Prospectors Grant Union High School

    Panthers Imbler High School

    Tigers La Grande High School

    Hawks La Pine High School

    Pioneers McLoughlin High School

    Badgers North Powder Charter School

    Buckaroos Pendleton High School

    Rockets Pilot Rock High School

    Panthers Prairie City School

    Panthers Redmond High School

    Ravens Ridgeview High School

    TigerScots Weston-McEwen High School

    Riverhawks The Dalles High School

    Please contact these schools directly.

    Leopards Cove Charter School

    Cowboys Crook County High School

    Huskeys Elgin High School

    Outlaws Enterprise High School

    Grizzlies Griswold School

    Mustangs Heppner High School

    Bulldogs Hermiston High School

    Knights Irrigon High School

    Eagles Joseph Charter School

    White Buffaloes Madras High School

    Spartans Pine Eagle High School

    Cougars Riverside High School

    Cougars Stanfield Secondary School

    Vikings Umatilla High School

    Cougars Ukiah School

    Bobcats Union High School

    Cougars Wallowa High School

    Knights Wheeler High School


    Please report broken links to scholarships@eou.edu. Thank you.
    Oregon Trail Electric Co-Op (OTEC)

    Beginning Friday, November 1, 2019, high school students, returning students, and adults entering educational and technical programs can apply for OTEC’s annual scholarship program.

    OTEC will award a total of 32 scholarships: 22 academic scholarships, four trade school scholarships and two linemen scholarships. Four awards will go to the brand-new OTEC-EOU Rural Scholarship program and are designated for freshman who plan to attend and graduate from EOU. Each academic scholarship is $5,000 and 10 of the 22 academic scholarships are earmarked for returning college students.

    OTEC scholarships will now be offered online. Each link will take you to a description of the scholarship along with the requirements/criteria. At the bottom of the description, you will find an “Apply” button. Once you create a username and login, you can view and save the application as you go.

    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 $2,000 to $5,000.

    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 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, Ford Opportunity, Ford ReStart, and Sons and Daughters of Employees of Roseburg Forest Products Co.
    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.

    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.

    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.

    Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling

    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.

    • 3.00 cumulative unweighted GPA or higher.
    • Currently enrolled student who is in their senior year of high school in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington and plans to attend a regionally accredited college or university in the fall -OR- Currently enrolled student who attends a two-year college in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington and plans to attend a regionally accredited college or university in the fall.
    • Submitted the video essay submission form by the deadline of March 1, 2019 at midnight.
    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.

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool

    Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. You can:

    • Look through the whole list of scholarships, arranged in order of closest deadline
    • Narrow your list with “Search by keyword.” Enter a keyword about the type of award you’re looking for
    • Use the filters to see only awards for certain award types, locations, level of study, and more

    Information available in this tool is provided under license by Gale Group, Inc., a part of Cengage Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © Copyright 2019, Gale Group, Inc.

    Some of the information is provided by CareerOneStop directly.

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    “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.”

    College Scholarships.org
    • “No login or registration required
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    • “Ad-free, no registration, open access scholarship search engine
    • “College grant and student loan information also available
    • “Search the Web using [College Scholarships.org's] customized, spam-free Google search engine
    • “[College Scholarship.org's] Financial Aid Blog is overseen by educational experts”
    College Scholarship Directory

    “To make your search easy from the start, Unigo divides its list of scholarships into comprehensive categories. This can help you pick a starting point and eliminate pointless browsing through categories you know are not a fit.”


    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.”


    “… is the premier internet resource listing for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs and other information to assist students in their quest to study abroad.”


    “If there’s scholarship money to be had, you’ll find it here.”

    “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!”

    FastWeb “is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.

    “We’ve been around for over 20 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. We not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.”


    “Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes. Knowing and searching the types of scholarships that are out there will ensure that you find any and every scholarship for which you qualify.”

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Links to other websites from this page, for the use of [NYSFAAA] members and visitors have been compiled from internal and external sources. By clicking on a link, you will be opening a new browser window and leaving our website. Although [NYSFAAA] reviewed the websites prior to creating the links, we are not responsible for the content of the sites. Information on linked website pages may become dated or change without notice, and we do not represent or warrant that information contained on these linked pages is complete or accurate. We suggest that you always verify information obtained from linked websites before you act upon such information.”
    Search for Relevant Scholarships

    “Many students want to attend college, but their parents have been unable to save enough money to ensure they can attend the college of their choice. However, that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible dream to attend the college of your dreams. It does take more effort to find scholarships that can make up any shortfall in funds for school but it’s worth it in the end.”
    College-Scholarships.com Searches Page

    “… you will find links to more than 70 free, online scholarship search sites listing thousands of scholarships and financial aid awards worth billions of dollars. Just visit the sites which seem most appropriate for you and find the scholarships for which you are a good match.

    “Most of the online scholarship search sites include scholarships that can be used by students enrolled in traditional college programs or by students earning online degrees.”