Looking for financial aid that won't add to your debt? Don't dismiss scholarships.
Scholarships are usually awarded on various criteria reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award, and requirements to win scholarships vary as widely as the purposes of the award -- whether it honors your ancestry or your desired career.
Aside from state-provided grants and merit scholarships from the schools themselves, millions of dollars worth of private scholarships in Portland can be found on Fastweb.com. Simply register for Fastweb, complete your profile, and be matched instantly with scholarships (or occasional internships) unique to your situation.
Here's just a sample of the awards pertinent to Portland students and accessible from Fastweb:
Pride of the Rose Scholarship – Equity Foundation
The Pride of the Rose Scholarship is available to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students or students who are children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. You must be pursuing an education beyond the secondary level in one or more of the following areas: college/university, trade/vocational, or the arts. Additionally, you must be a resident of the Portland quad- county area or Clark County, Washington; demonstrate financial need; and exhibit the potential to successfully complete your selected program of study to be eligible for this award.
Success Scholarship – Portland State University
The Success Scholarship is available to students attending Portland State University. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.75 high school GPA. Current undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Financial need is required.
Saidie Orr Dunbar Nursing Education Fund – American Lung Association of Oregon
The Saidie Orr Dunbar Nursing Education Fund is open to students accepted into a graduate nursing degree program. Upon graduation, you must plan to practice in Oregon to qualify for this award. Particular emphasis is given to preparation in public health nursing.
Beat the Odds Scholarship – Stand for Children Leadership Center
The Beat the Odds Scholarship is available to Oregon public high school seniors who will graduate in June 2011. You must have had success in spite of hardships such as poverty, disability, homelessness, or personal tragedy. You must also have at least a 3.0 GPA, participate in activities that are helpful to others (such as volunteer work), and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA or better, completes 12 or more credits each term, and funding is available.
Shirley Elings Memorial Scholarship – American Occupational Therapy Foundation
The Shirley Elings Memorial Scholarship is available to graduate students currently enrolled in an occupational therapy program. You must be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, demonstrate financial need, and have a record of scholastic achievement to be considered for this award. You must also be an Oregon COTA.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Internship – Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Internship is open to theatre students who have completed at least three years of training at a post-secondary institution, or have equivalent experience in an area specific to theatre or a related discipline. Interns may receive academic credit. This internship is voluntary.
To find more scholarships that are a fit for your interests and experience, visit Fastweb.com.