Outside of OSU Scholarship Ideas
OSU's Prestigious Scholarship office dedicated to helping with all stages of the application process of nationally and internationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.
For Oregon Residents
- OSAC Scholarships: Over 500 scholarships exclusively for Oregon Residents (available annually Nov. 1 with a Mar. 1 deadline)
- Oregon Career Information System: Get connected to lots of resources, including scholarships
For International Students
Find a list of ideas for outside-of-OSU scholarships for international students.
Scholarship Search Ideas
Places to search
- Local Communities
- Service groups
- Place of students / parents employment and labor unions
- Professional organizations
- Public library “scholarship” section
- High School you graduated from/local high school of the community in which you currently reside
Search Organization Tips
Spread out your time spent searching to avoid “burn out”
- Organize the process to maximize your time
- Keep track in Excel and save the file online so it is easily accessible from multiple locations
Add due dates to your personal calendar. This can be for requesting letters of recommendation, completing your essays as well as final application submission
Even if a deadline has passed, make note of it and apply in future years
- Remember applications take time
- Allow yourself time to submit a quality application
- Even if a deadline has passed, make note of it and apply in future years
- Research past winners
- Do a google search to see if there is any “scam” information
- If it’s asking you for money to apply, don’t!
- Read minimum requirements; do you meet them?
- Research the merits of past recipients.
- Call the organization and ask questions.
- Ask family and friends to help you locate scholarships, jobs, opportunities, etc.
- Send thank you notes, even if you did not get the job or scholarship.
- Sign up for free scholarship matching services
- Fastweb.com, collegeboard.com, scholarships.com
- Adjust your profile to be less or more restrictive based on results
Search for scholarships for THINGS: books, computers, childcare
- Don’t just limit your searches to focus on major and gender, brainstorm personal characteristics
- Examples like hobbies, passions, outdoor enthusiast, video games, race, ethnicity, culture, bi-lingual, faith, left handed, differently abled, Veteran status, first generation, etc.
- Ask friends and family for ideas; others see you differently than you see yourself