OSU is committed to recruiting and retaining motivated, diverse, and driven students, and one of the ways we do so is with our scholarship opportunities. Scholarships can come from several sources. Incoming and transfer students can be eligible for university scholarships, continuing students may qualify for scholarships that are administered by their individual college or department within the university, and many private organizations also offer scholarship opportunities. Most university awards are based on a combination of academic merit and financial need.
When beginning a scholarship search realize a couple of things: It is hard work, but hard work can pay off. You will get told no. There are two main parts of obtaining scholarships; searching and applying, both of which take time.
You have searched for scholarships, now organize your data: Start a three ring binder with eight dividers labeled as: Scholarship Log, Scholarship Applications, FAFSA, Personal Statement or Essay, Resume, Community Service Log, Letters of Recommendation, Official Transcripts. Put due dates on your planner, calendar, phone, computer, etc.
Gather other documents to assist in the application process: Personal statement or essay (short and long term goals). In your essay be sure to highlight your talents, strengths, and gifts. Focus on obstacles AND HOW YOU OVERCAME THEM, what did you learn about yourself? Talk about experiences that have shaped who you are today. Then, based on where you are applying, you can focus on why you are pursuing scholarship funds. Review it! Use others to help give you feedback.
Letters of recommendation:
Other things to keep in mind:
Ask employers. Your parents might already be aware if scholarships are provided for children of employees. If not, the human resource department is usually the place to check to find out what is available. The staff there should be able to provide applications, deadlines, and any other information you'll need. If you are employed, check with your employer to see if scholarships are available. Be sure to get any application forms and information about deadlines and complete the process on time.
Check local scholarships. Many community organizations, churches, and clubs offer scholarships. Your high school guidance counselor should be able to provide information about most of them, and can refer you to sponsors who can provide applications and information.
Search the Net. Using keywords like "financial aid," "student aid," and "scholarships.", you can find a wealth of free scholarship information on the World Wide Web. Some sites even allow you to apply online for scholarships. But, be careful . . .
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. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
Scholarships are everywhere and there are many OSU websites that can help you connect to these opportunities.
In researching sources of college funding, students are encouraged to seek out sources that provide free services and information, such as those listed below. OSU does not endorse any for-profit scholarship search service. Some helpful websites are listed below.
It's the mission of the Scholarship Team to expand opportunities for donors and students to invest in education and career training through private financial support. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to apply for OSAC scholarships. All types of scholarships are available. Many are based on criteria such as high school attended, school and community activities, academic interests, or career goals. Some require a minimum GPA and others require no GPA whatsoever. There are 500+ scholarship programs and you may qualify, but you won't know unless you apply.
Through the generosity of private donors, civic organizations, employers, member-based organizations, and foundation partners such as The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, and many others, thousands of students each year are the recipients of scholarships administered by OSAC.
OSAC awards more than $16 million in private scholarships annually. Awards range from $1000 to $10,000, or more.
Oregon State has a prestigious scholarship office on campus to help coordinate internationally recognized scholarship opportunities. Scholars are encouraged to explore these prestigious sources by visiting the prestigious scholar's webpage at http://topscholars.oregonstate.edu/.