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Scholarships

We believe that our community’s future depends on education. And our donors agree. 

With more than 330 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 $6.7 million through 2,400 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. 

  • Scholarships Through OSAC

    OCF Scholarships Administered Through the Office of Student Access and Completion

    OCF has partnered with the Office of Student Access and Completion for nearly 30 years. OSAC is a state agency whose mission is to help Oregon students attain a post-secondary education.

    By contracting with OSAC to administer more than 250 of its scholarship programs, OCF permits students to complete a single application form to be eligible for scholarships from OCF and from a number of other public and private sources.

    To review the enormous list of scholarships administered by OSAC for OCF, please visit http://oregonstudentaid.gov. The site lets students search for scholarships that fit their needs and provides an electronic application form and instructions on how to apply. Applicants need to complete only one common application online for the portfolio of scholarships administered by OSAC.

    OSAC applications are available online beginning in November and are accepted through March 1 for the approaching academic year. Visit http://oregonstudentaid.gov for updates and additional information.

  • Scholarships Through Others

    OCF Scholarships Administered by an Educational Institution or Other Entity

    For some of OCF's scholarships, the application form and directions are found at an educational institution or other site. Please click on the counties and regions below for information about scholarships available in your area.

    Benton County

    Margaret E. Hull Scholarship

    Clackamas County

    John Straus Scholarship

    Clatsop County

    Howard and Edyth M. Hoedle Scholarship

    • For graduating seniors at all Clatsop County high schools.
    • Please contact your specific Clatsop County high school for application instructions.

    Coos County

    Bandon Community Scholarship

    Marsha Felton Memorial Scholarship

    • Bandon High School graduates (or the equivalent) are eligible for this subprogram of the Bandon Community Scholarship.
    • Please contact Bandon High School for application instructions.

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keiser Scholarship

    Caryll and Norman F. Sprague Family Scholarship

    Deschutes County

    Tina Turner Memorial Scholarship

    Douglas County

    Marjorie J. Reed “Best Friend” Award

    Klamath County

    Earl and Jane Ferguson Scholarship

    • For graduating seniors at all Klamath County high schools
    • Please contact your specific Klamath County high school for application instructions.

    George Ferrell Memorial Scholarship

    Lane County

    Lowell High School Scholarship

    Lincoln County

    Larry and Penelope Hull Scholarship

    • A renewable scholarship for graduating seniors at Newport High School who are interested in international study or foreign languages.
    • Please contact Newport High School for application instructions. 

    Marion County

    Frank W. Settlemier Scholarship

    Metro Portland

    Deborah Fehnel Bosworth Scholarship

    • This scholarship for Portland Community College students supports 1) female students who have a history of alcohol abuse or an eating disorder and are trying to change the course of their lives through education; or 2) students who intend to focus their careers on the prevention and detection of these disorders.
    • Please contact Portland Community College Foundation for application instructions.

    Ruth Henderson Scholarship

    Nathan Family Scholarship

    OSAC – Alpha Kappa Kappa Scholarship

    L. Mila Warn Scholarship

    Polk County

    Esther Fawk Scholarship

    Louise Minty Scholarships

    Statewide Scholarships

    Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship

    • For architecture students who are in their fifth year of undergraduate study, or in graduate school, and are enrolled at a U.S. educational institution
    • To learn more, please contact  Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, 320 SW Oak Street, Ste, 500, Portland, OR 97204 or 503.224.3860.

    Tacoma, Washington

    Robert Harold Belknap Memorial Scholarship

    Yamhill County

    Esther Fawk Scholarship

    Glenn R. and Juanita B. Struble Memorial Scholarship

     

  • Scholarships Through OCF

    OCF Scholarships Administered Solely by OCF

    Paper application forms are available below. All scholarships have a deadline of March 1st for the following school year.

    Verl and Dorothy Miller Native American Vocational Scholarship

    For Native American residents of Oregon who are seeking vocational training or certification. Download the application.

    Howard Vollum American Indian Scholarship

    For Native American residents of Clackamas, Multnomah or Washington counties in Oregon or Clark County in Washington, who are seeking a post-secondary degree in science, computer science, engineering or math. Download the application.

    St. Andrew's Society Scholarship

    For Oregon high school graduates who were born in Scotland or who have a parent or grandparent who was born in Scotland, or who have demonstrated a significant commitment to Scottish dancing, piping, drumming, Celtic harp or highland fiddle. Download the application and the recommendation form.

    James R. and Mary Jane Drury Scholarship

    For graduates of McKenzie River High School in Finn Rock, Oregon, to attend Oregon State University for the pursuit of a degree from the College of Forestry. 

    Mabel and Allan MacKenzie Scholarship

    For African American graduates of any high school in Deschutes County planning to attend or attending Central Oregon Community College. Participating in high school athletics is a requirement. Download the application

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  • Scholarship Donor Stories

    Our scholarships are as varied as Oregon's landscape.

    Take some time to read a few of their stories.

  • Scholarship FAQs

    Scholarship FAQs

    When can I apply for a scholarship?

    The application window is January 1 through March 1 each year for the following academic year.

    How complicated is it to apply?

    For most scholarships, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship application itself requires student contact information, educational history, career goals, and — in most cases — information about the student's finances. Attachments to the application include an activities worksheet, school transcripts, and several short essays.

    How do I know if I'm eligible for a scholarship?

    Please review the individual scholarship descriptions to determine your eligibility. Most OCF scholarships can be found at  http://oregonstudentaid.gov. However, a few scholarships are listed on OCF’s website (please see Scholarships Through OCF).

    Am I eligible for a scholarship if I'm planning to attend a vocational school?

    We have many scholarships for vocational students. Please read our scholarship descriptions to learn more.

    What is the average amount awarded?

    About $2,700, though awards range from $200 to $10,000.

    How are recipients selected?

    The first step is to ensure a student’s eligibility for a particular scholarship. The second step is to reduce the pool of applicants to those who seem to best fit a particular scholarship’s criteria. The third step is to have a scholarship committee review the final pool of applications to identify the best candidates. A student’s personal essays are crucial at this point, because they supply information about the student that may not be evident in educational transcripts or a list of activities.

    When will I know if I've been selected?

     It depends on the scholarship. Some students hear in May, but others may not hear until August.

    How are awards paid?

    Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution once the student's enrollment has been verified. Generally, awards are paid term by term or semester by semester.

    What if I attend only one semester?

    Your scholarship award is meant to offset the cost of attendance over a full academic year. If you attend for only one of the two semesters, your award will be reduced by half. Similarly, if you attend only two of three quarters, your award will be reduced by one-third.

    I received a scholarship this year. Can I apply for the same scholarship next year?

    Some scholarships allow renewal and others don't. You are probably eligible for many scholarships, so you should apply every year. Check the award notice for your current scholarship to find out if you can apply for renewal.