Prestigious Scholarships

OSU's Prestigious Scholarship office dedicated to helping with all stages of the application process of nationally and internationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.

Outside Scholarships

Find a list of vetted outside scholarships from our Scholarship Office.

For Oregon Residents

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
  • Businesses
  • 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
  • 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.

Search Online

  • 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

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