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Scholarships listed in Alphabetical Order

$2000 “No Essay”
Students 13 years and older
$2000 awarded each month
Just register and award is made by random drawing.  One entry/person but enter again each month. To create an account and enter: https://colleges.niche.com/scholarship/apply.aspx
Ongoing: register each month / National

10 Words or Less
Ages 14 to 25
Award: $500
In the comment section answer the following: In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship.
For information: http://www.studentscholarships.org/easy.php
Due Date: Online byJune 30, 2017 /  National

AAFO (Asian American Foundation of Oregon) Scholarship
HS Seniors, Undergraduate College Students
2 Awards: $1,000 each
AAFO Scholarship grants are open to any graduating senior or undergraduate college student who is a US citizen and resident of Oregon, and who has demonstrated interest and effort in Asian American cultural activities. Examples of activities include: Volunteer work for AAFO/Asian Celebration, Performance activities (O Bon dance, Taiko, Lion Dance, etc), Student Organization Asian-American cultural activities, Other Asian-American Public Cultural Activities. AAFO Scholarships are open to high school students accepted for admission to colleges and college undergraduate students only. Applicants of any ethnicity or racial background may apply. For more information, see: http://aaforegon.org/
Due Date: April 15, 2018 / State

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ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition
All High School Students, ages 13-19
Award: $1,000
Applicants do not have to be college-bound, the scholarship money can be used for any type of advanced education. Essay should be written on the following topic: "Explain the relationship between lawn irrigation systems and backflow prevention. How can these irrigation systems be a threat to potable water supplies, and how can the water supplies be protected?"
For more information:  http://www.abpa.org/?page=Scholarship
Due Date
: January 31, 2018 / National

ACS Scholars Program
High School Senior, African American, Hispanic or American Indian
Award: up to $5,000
Students who can apply: African American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino students planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field with outstanding academic records and a desire to pursue a career in the chemical sciences can apply for an ACS Scholars Award. For more information, see: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars/apply.html
Due Date
: March 1, 2018 / National

AED Superstore College Scholarship
High School Senior or College Student
Award: $1,000
Requires essay or video submission on given topic. For more information, see: http://www.aedsuperstore.com/scholarship.html
Due Date
: November 30, 2017/ National

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AES Engineering
Senior (engineering major not required)
Award: $500
This scholarship is awarded based on character as determined from your essay rather than GPA.  An engineering major is not required.
For information: http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm
There is no application; just submit essay by email.  Have your nagger or someone in the Career enter edit your essay before submission.
Due Date
: Email byOctober 6, 2017 / National

A&F (Abbott and Fenner) Business Consultants
Juniors and Seniors
Award: $1000
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. "Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals."
There is no application form but see http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm for information.
DEADLINE: Email by June 12, 2017 / National

AFSA (American Fire Sprinkler Association) Scholarships
Award: $2,000 each, 10 awards given
Applicants complete an online application. Ten winners are drawn at random from the completed, eligible entries. Scholarships are paid directly to college/university winners attend, for tuition and/or books. See: https://www.afsascholarship.org/high-school-contest/hsstep1/
DEADLINE: April 1, 2018 / National

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AFSCME Family Scholarship
Seniors; parent/guardian must be full dues-paying AFSCME member
Award: $2,000 each year, renewed each year for 4 years maximum
At time scholarship is awarded, recipient must be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution. Applicants also must have taken the ACT or SAT. For more information, go to: https://www.afscme.org/members/scholarships/afscme-family-scholarship
DEADLINE: December 31, 2017 / National

Alert Scholarship
$500 award for article chosen for publication in magazine – twice yearly. 
Write a 650 - 800 word essay a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with drug and/or alcohol abuse (more details on website).
Based mostly on essay written by applicant; consideration is not given to academic program or financial need.  Minimum 2.5 GPA required
Use the link in FAQ to view past winner and learn what they are looking for.
For information: http://www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php  
There is no application so just follow instructions.
Deadline: Ongoing / Regional

Al Forthen Memorial Scholarship
$10,000 paid out over four years; several smaller awards also given 
This scholarship requires a letter of recommendation to be eligible for the top award. All applicants must complete six steps, which includes answering given questions and including a chart of volunteer and high school activities. See:
Deadline: February 5th, 2018 / National

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Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
Senior who has documented learning disability and/or ADHD and will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
Applicants must be able to provide documentation of learning disability and/or ADHD and provide three letters of recommendation with application. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. For more information, see: https://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards#scholarship-318
Deadline: November 6, 2017 / National

American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Scholarships
HS Senior and Undergraduate Students
Various Awards
Applicants must be children of Foreign Service employees whose parents must also be members of the American Foreign Service Association. The employee may be active-duty, retired, separated or deceased. Various scholarships available. See: http://www.afsa.org/afsa-scholarships
Deadline: March 15, 2018 / National

American Harlequin
Dance students of any age
Four $250 awards made each month.
Register at the website and then submit your dance video to YouTube.
To access rules and info: http://www.theworlddances.com/contests/scholarship
Deadline: Toward the end of each month / National

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American Indian College Fund
American Indian, US citizen, Enrolled in certificate, associates or bachelors program, 2.0 GPA or higher
Various Awards/Scholarships
Application open January 1-May 31. Eligibility requires: U.S. citizens or Canadians eligible to attend college in the U.S. under provisions of the Jay Treaty, enrolled in a certificate, associates, bachelors, or graduate program at an accredited tribal, public, or private (non-profit) college or university, full-time enrollment (Full Circle applicants only), registered as an enrolled member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member; Alaska Natives may use Native Corporation membership. You can use this website to trace Indian ancestry, to be considered for any American Indian College Fund scholarship, you must have at least a 2.0 GPA to apply. Once awarded, depending on donor criteria, your scholarship may have a higher GPA to maintain eligibility. More information: http://collegefund.org/student-resources/scholarships/scholarship-programs/
Deadline: Scholarship open 1/1/18-5/31/18 / National

American Legion Legacy Scholarship
HS Senior, other requirements listed below
Award Varies
Applicants must: be a current a high school senior and/or accepted at or attending an institution of higher education that is a nonprofit and regionally-accredited and one of the following must apply:

A legal parent of mine died while serving on active duty, U.S. military service on or after September 11, 2001. (Does not have to be a death out-of-country or in combat.)


A legal parent of mine is a Post-9/11 veteran of the U.S. military, who has been given a disability rating of 50% or higher by the Veterans Administration.

See: https://www.legion.org//legacy-scholarship-application
Deadline: April 9, 2018 / National

Anna Stacey Scholarship Fund
18-35 years old, devoted to classical/conservative art tradition
Award: $500-$2,500
Applicants must submit artwork that conforms to the committee's requirements. for more information and online application: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/learn-discover/stacey-scholarship-fund/
Deadline: February 1, 2018 / National

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Anne Ford Scholarship
Senior who has documented learning disability and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time Bachelor's degree program in the fall.
$2,500 each year over four years
Applicants must be able to provide documentation of learning disability and/or ADHD and provide three letters of recommendation with application. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. For more information, see: https://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards
Deadline: November 6, 2017 / National

Annual BankMobile Financial Literacy
Award: $1500
For any field of study.  GPA of at least 3.0 is required.  Write an essay about the importance of financial literacy in your life and career.
To access application: https://www.bankmobile.com/the-annual-bankmobile-financial-literacy-scholarship/
Due Date
: Online byJuly 19, 2017 / National

ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program
Senior, Eligible Radio Amatuers Pursuing Higher Education
Various Awards of Various Amounts
More than 80 scholarships available. Applicants must complete online application and provide high school transcript. More information can be found at: http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions
Due Date
: Online by January 31, 2018 / National

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Army Soldiers Children--MG James Ursano Scholarship Program
High School Senior, African American, Hispanic or American Indian
Awards: Vary
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. See: https://www.aerhq.org/Apply-for-Scholarship/Dependent-Children
Due Date
: April 2, 2018 / National

Association of Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) Scholarship
HS Senior in OR or WA, additional requirements listed below
Award: up to $2,000
Applicants must: have demonstrated high interest and innovative use of technology during your high school career, have demonstrated some community/school involvement--preferably with a technology focus, plan to pursue studies in a technology-related field to obtain the minimum of a two-year degree, have created a simple website describing your own technology project and including links to evidence for that project. The evidence should be accessible via a standard browser and should not require installation of any additional software. For more information and online application: http://www.acpenw.org/scholarships
Due Date: March 1, 2018 / Regional

Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc. Non-Member Scholarship Competition
Senior or current college student
Award : $6,000 ($1,500 awarded annually)
Applicants must plan to pursue a four-year college or university education and a career in a forest resource reproduction field of study. (Field of study examples: Forest Management, Forest Engineering and Forest Products). Application will include an essay, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letter of acceptance to four year college (college must be accredited by the Society of American Foresters) and include a field of study or major. More informatio:
Due Date
: April 1st, 2018 / Oregon

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Aspirations in Computing, NCWIT
9th-12th Grade Female Students
Award:Various prizes, scholarship and internship opportunities
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.
For more information and to access application: https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school
Due Date
: Online byNovember 6 , 2017 / Regional and National

Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship
Students from Pacific Rim states (OR included), additional requirements below
Award: $5,000
In addition to living in a Pacific Rim state, applicants must also: have financial need, academic merit, and be of Japanese or other Asian ancestry, including multi-ethnic Asians. Students from middle income families are encouraged to apply. This scholarship will be renewable for up to four years (undergraduate studies only). More information can be found at: https://financialaid.wsu.edu/scholarship/atsuhiko-tateuchi-memorial-scholarship-tateuchi-foundation/
you have to apply for this scholarship on the Washington Scholarship Coalition website, http://www.thewashboard.org/login.aspx
Due Date
: March 1, 2018/ Regional

Autolist Quarterly Scholarship
Award: $1500, quarterly
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.  Mostly based on 2 short essays.
To access application: https://www.autolist.com/used-car-to-dream-car-scholarship#
Due Date
: Online Quarterly--3/1, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1 / National

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Automotive Hall of Fame
Several awards of varying amounts, one application
For students with a sincere interest in an automotive-related career.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  For use at a 2- or 4-year college or a 2-year trade school.
For instructions and application: http://www.automotivehalloffame.org/education/scholarships
The application is fillable.  It will fill in with a large font but filling the line up with “spaces” will shrink the font to a reasonable size.
Due Date
: Postmarked byJune 30, 2017 / National

AXA Achievement Scholarship
$2,500 to $25,000
Applicants must be current high school seniors planning to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university in the U.S. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate "ambition and self-drive." High schools of winners also receive financial awards. See: https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/information.php
Due Date
: APPLY EARLY--taking applications until 10,000 applications received or December 15th, whichever comes first / National

Ayn Rand Essay Contests
11th & 12th Grade, 12th Grade & College Students (two contests)
$50 - $10,000
There are two essay contests. The Fountainhead response essay contest is for 11th & 12th grade students. The Atlas Shrugged response essay contest is for high school seniors through college graduate students. Both competitions have May 15th due date and are judged regionally first. For more information, see: https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests#thefountainhead-1
Due Date
: May 15th, 2018

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Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers
Senior planning to become a high school Physics teacher
Stipend up to $2,000 that may be granted for each of four years of college
This scholarship is for college students engaged in a course of study leading to becoming a high school physics teacher, or high school seniors who are accepted for such enrollment. Application includes letters of recommendation, so this scholarship needs planning ahead.
See https://www.aapt.org/Programs/grants/lotze.cfm for more information.
Due Date:
All materials, including letters, due by December 1, 2017 / National

BBB10K Scholarship
High School Juniors and Seniors
Award: $10,000 Scholarship
BBB Foundation's Students of Integrity Scholarship is designed to "recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments." This scholarship requires an online application complete with a 90-second video that "demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers." For more information, see: https://www.bbb.org/northwest/charities-donors/bbb-foundation/current-scholarship-campaign/2018-scholarship/
Due Date
: Online byFebruary 13, 2018/ Northwest States (including OR)

BBG Communications Award by Breylan
Award: $500
For use at any school and any major.  A GPA of 2.5 or greater required.  Award based mostly on 2 essays.
For information: http://www.breylancommunications.com/bbgcommunications/132/scholarships.phpTo access application: http://www.breylancommunications.com/apply.php
Due Date
: Online byJune 30, 2017 / National

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Beat the Odds by Stand for Children
2018 graduates
Three awards: $2,500/year for 4 years for a total of $10,000. 
This scholarship is for Oregon students graduating June 1018 who have succeeded academically despite hardships such as poverty, disability, homelessness or personal tragedy.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA showing marked effort, improvement, or success.  Volunteer activity is important.  For use at a 2- or 4-year college.
Applications must be submitted online. 
For information and to access application, go to:  
See your nagger or an ASPIRE coordinator in the Career Center for help creating a “stand-out” application.
Deadline: Online by September 12, 2017 /

Bennington Young Writer
10th, 11th and 12th grades
Awards: $500 and $250 in each category.
Submit your original work in poetry, fiction or non-fiction. For more information, see: http://www.bennington.edu/events/young-writers-awards
To apply, see: https://admissions.bennington.edu/register/youngwriters
Due Date: November 1, 2017 / National  

Big Sun Scholarship
Senior athlete
Number of awards varies: $500
For student athletes, regardless of the sport they are engaged in.
There is no application, just write an essay and submit by email.  Remember to include your name and the school you will atend.
For information: http://www.bigsunathletics.com/
NOTE: This scholarship may adversely affect your NCAA standing if you are accepting a university sport scholarship.
Due Date: Email by June 19, 2017 / National

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Bill Brainard Memorial Scholarship Fund
Senior - American Indian/Alaska Native student living in Oregon
Award: $1,000
This is for an American Indian/Alaska Native student who lives in Oregon and who will attend a college or university degree program or certified technical or trade program in the Fall. The committee is looking for a student with well-thought-out goals and plans. Applicant must include card or documentation proving they are member of a federally-recognized tribe.
For a fillable version of the application, click HERE.
NOTE: the “other evidence” mentioned in the instructions can be a copy of your enrollment card in a Federally-recognized Indian tribe.
Due Date: Postmarked by June 30, 2018 / State 

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships
Senior of African descent
2 Awards, $5,000, renewable for up to four years
To be eligible, applicants must: be a high-school senior of African descent (for example, African American, African, or Ethiopian), plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation, plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing), demonstrate a passion for technology, demonstrate leadership at school or in the community, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, require financial assistance to attend college. For more information, see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/blacks-scholarships.aspx
Due Date: Mailed by March 1, 2018 / National 

Bowling Scholarships--Mabel Marrs Star of the Future or Ray Wise Memorial Scholarship
Juniors and Seniors
Awards: $1,000 to one girl (Mabel Marrs) and $1,000 to one boy (Ray Wise)
This scholarship is open to juniors and seniors,  and you can win the scholarship two years in a row. One of the requirements is that the applicant be a part of the OS Jr USBC by joining a Jr bowling league and have an established average. The longer you have bowled as a Jr Bowler, the better it looks on the application.  There are two separate scholarships: Mabel Marrs is for the girls, and Ray Wise is for the boys. Here is the application in fillable format:
Bowling Scholarships Fillable
Due Date: May 1, 2018 / State

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Burger King Scholars
Awards: $1,000 to $50,000
Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service. For more information, see: https://bkmclamorefoundation.org/who-we-are/programs/burger-king-scholars-program/
Due Date: December 15, 2017 / National

Business Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
Senior 17 or older, 3.0 GPA or higher, accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited finance, economics or real estate program
Award: $1,000
This scholarship is offered to students entering or currently pursuing an educational program related to business or finance. Students must be at least 17 years of age and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All applicants must submit a 600 to 1,000-word essay explaining what they hope to accomplish during their career in a business or finance field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals. For more information and to apply: https://themortgagereports.com/scholarship
Due Date: January 29, 2018 / National

Cancer Scholarships
Varies by Scholarship
Award: Varies
There are multiple scholarships available for Cancer survivors and/or family members affected by the disease in a loved one. Many of these scholarships are listed at: https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/cancer-scholarships/
Due Date: Varies--Many Due by 1/31/18 or in March, 2018 / National

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Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
Individuals 18 years or older before 12/1/17
Awards: $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 awarded
Applicants submit an essay based on the given topic. For more information, see: http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/
Due Date: December 1, 2017 / National

Chafee Education and Training Grant
Senior – current or former foster youth
Award: up to $3000/year
Applicants must currently be in foster care or have been in foster care for at least 6 months after age 14 and exited care after age 16.  FAFSA required.  No essay to write.
This is a guaranteed award if you apply and qualify.  It’s not a competitive scholarship.For information: http://oregonstudentaid.gov/chafeeetv.aspx
Read the instructions before clicking on the application link.
Due Date
: Rolling deadlines, but sooner is better / State

Charleston Family Trust
African American College Freshman through Senior
3 Awards: Up to $3,000 each
Applicants must be: African American US citizens, have cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, enrolled full-time at a 4-year college or university. For more info: https://scholarships.gmsp.org/Program/Details/04a057c5-ae94-4bca-9078-11cc820989d9
Due Date
: Rolling deadlines, but sooner is better / State

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Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies
Graduating High School Seniors
Applications are accepted at the beginning of student's senior year of high school, between August 1 and September 30. Applicants must have: 1. Strong caddie record, applicants must have caddied, regularly and successfully, for a minimum of two years and are expected to caddie at their sponsoring club the year they apply for the Scholarship. 2. Excellent academics, applicants must have completed their junior year of high school with above a B average in college preparatory courses and are required to take the ACT and/or SAT. 3. Demonstrated financial need, applicants must clearly have a need for financial assistance. 4. Outstanding character: Applicants must be outstanding in character, integrity and leadership. Recipients must apply to and attend a Chick Evans Scholarship school (in Oregon, this is the University of Oregon, Eugene) and live in an Evans Scholarship House on campus. For more information, see: https://www.wgaesf.org/site/c.dwJTKiO0JgI8G/b.6021411/k.8F77/Scholarships.htm

Due Date : Between August 1 and September 30/ National

Christian Connector Scholarship Drawing
The Christian Connector is a "one-stop-shop" for receiving free information from Christian colleges. We have over 100 Christian colleges and Bible colleges ready to send you information!  Completing the free information request form is like attending a huge Christian college fair without ever leaving home.  We also offer a $2,500.00 Christian college scholarship drawing.  The site has dozens of links to Christian colleges, as well as admissions and financial aid tips and more.  All of our information services are offered absolutely free! 
for general information go to www.christianconnector.com
For scholarship entries, go to http://www.christianconnector.com/Christian-colleges-choices.cfm
and click on the student icon that applies to you. This will direct you to the correct Christian college information request form. The free request form that you complete will automatically enter you in the $2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing.
Ongoing / National

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship
Students who will be 18 by August 14, 2017
Award: Salary for summer work, federal benefits package, and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, fees, books and supplies. 
All majors (computers, foreign language, business, etc.) qualify.  Financial need and minimum 3.0 GPA required.  Applicant should plan to enroll in a 4- or 5-year college program.  Recipient must agree to continue employment with the CIA after college graduation equal to 1.5 times the length of sponsorship.  See website for more requirements.
For information: https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-scholarship-program.html
To apply, click on “Add to Cart.”  
August 14, 2017 / National

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Citrix Sharefile Innovation Scholarship
Award: $2,000, $3,000, and $5,000 will be given
Applicants write a 500-800 word essay on the following prompt: "Tell us about an inspiring innovator who made an impact on your life." Application completed online. See: https://www.sharefile.com/scholarship
December 15 , 2017 / National

Coca-Cola Scholars Program
150 awards of $20,000 each.
Rewards leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extra-curricular activities, including commitment to community service. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Must login and do application online. This is a very basic application; semi-finalists will be asked to submit more information. For information and application, see: http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants/#programs
October 31, 2017 / National

College JumpStart
10th through 12th grade students
Award: $1,000
This is a merit-based competition--need is not considered. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. For use at a 2- or 4-year college or vocational/trade school. For information and to access application: http://www.jumpstart-scholarship.net/ Work with the Career Center to create a top-notch essay.
Due Date: Online by October 17, 2017 / National

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Common Knowledge Scholarships
High school students and their parents
Awards: $250 to $2500 (several competitions/month)
Competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies.  The student or parent with the highest score at the end of each competition wins; no application or essay-writing.  Register to receive notification of upcoming competitions. 
Register at http://cksf.org/ to be eligible for all competitions. 
Choose Students & Parents on the top, then click on Register.
Due Date
: Multiple dates throughout the year / National

Consolidated Foodservice
Award: $500
For students studying the Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management fields.  This is a simple application; just enter your name and contact information and attach a career goal essay.
To access application: http://www.consolidatedfoodservice.com/scholarship
Due Date
: Online byJune 15, 2017 / National

Coos County 4-H Awards and Scholarships
Award amounts vary
There are several awards and scholarships available for 4-H participants in Coos County. For information on specific awards and due dates, visit: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/4-h-college-scholarships
Due Date
: Varies / Local and State

Coos County Master Gardener Association Scholarship
HS Graduating Senior or Current College Student that is Coos County Resident
Award amounts vary, a total of $4,000 will be awarded
Applicants must be Coos County High School graduates/equivalent AND/OR current legal Coos County resident/s, planning to further their education by obtaining a degree in a plant-related field. (The field of study might include agriculture, biology, botany, entomology, horticulture, or landscape design) Applications require letters of recommendation, transcripts, and phone interviews with the committee. For more information and fillable application, see: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/coos/Mg/MGScholarshipProgram
Due Date: April 16, 2018 / Local

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Coos County Mounted Sheriff's Posse Scholarship
Senior in good standing at Coos County high school, other criteria listed below
Award amounts vary
In addition to being a senior in good standing at any accredited Coos County high school, applicants must also: plan to attend a fully accredited post-secondary institution, be currently enrolled in an acknowledged 4-H Club, high school Equestrian Team, or high school Rodeo Club. For an application, see Ginny in Room 6 or contact B.J. with the Posse at 541-756-4797.
Due Date
: May 10, 2018 / Local

Coos/Curry Farm Bureau Scholarship
Senior who plans to major in Agriculture-related field at OR college or university
Award: Two $2,000 Scholarships will be Awarded
Financial need is not the primary basis for selection for this scholarship, but it is a factor. "Academic performance, agriculture achievement in FFA or 4-H and/or participation in school and community activities" are criteria evaluated by the committee. For application and more information: http://oregonfb.org/scholarships/
Due Date
: April 1, 2018 / Local

COSA (Confederation of Oregon School Administrators) Scholarships
High School Senior, some awards have other criteria
Award: Twelve $1,000 scholarships given
Applicants should print out and complete application form. Entries should also be signed and endorsed by an active COSA member (see Bill Lucero or Jake Smith). For more information and to access the application: https://www.cosa.k12.or.us/members/scholarships
Due Date
: March 1, 2018 / State

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Courage to Grow
Junior or Senior
$500 awarded each month
Explain in a short essay why you should receive the scholarship.  Can be used at any college or vocational school.
To enter: http://couragetogrowscholarship.com/
Ongoing: Enter by the last day of each month / National

Students 14 years and older
Award: $10,000
Create an original artwork, photograph or computer graphics suitable for Prudent’s Gallery Collection greeting card line.  Be sure to read Rules, FAQ and browse the website to learn the style of art the company likes. Information: http://www.gallerycollection.com/greetingcardscontests.htm
Due Date: Online by March 1, 2018 / National

CrossLites Essay Contest
Seniors through college students
Awards: Range from $150-$4,000
This contest requires a written essay, between 400-600 words, on given topic. Finalists also must submit transcript. See: http://www.crosslites.com/about-the-contest/
Due Date: Online by December 31, 2017 / National

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C-Span Video Documentary Competition
6th - 12th Grade Students
Awards: Range from $250-$5,000
Applicants must create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2018 competition theme, "The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you." For more information, see:
Due Date: January 18, 2018 by midnight PST/ National

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
18 Years or Younger, U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Awards: $10,000, $25,000, $50,000
Applicants must have "completed a significant piece of work in one of the submission categories" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box) and be able to demonstrate that the work is his or her own creation. Winners must be able to attend, with at least one parent or guardian, the awards reception in Washington, D.C. (Note: Travel and lodging expenses will be paid by the Institute.) For more information: https://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship
Due Date: February 14, 2018  / National

Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant
For dependents of Oregon public safety officers who were killed or disabled in the line of duty – includes firefighter, police, parole and corrections officers and investigators.  For a 2- or 4-year college in Oregon.  Must complete the FAFSA.
For information and link to fillable application: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/ddpso-grant.aspx
NOTE: Application can’t be saved so be sure to print before closing the page.
Apply as soon as possible after submitting the FAFSA / State

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DialMyCalls.com Fall Scholarship Essay Contest 
Senior with GPA of 2.0 or Higher
Award: $500 - $1,500
To apply for this scholarship, a 750 word essay should be submitted on the following prompt: "Have you done something in the past year that has made a difference in your community? What was your experience like? Tell us all about your contribution and the inspiration behind reaching out to help with a local cause."
For more information, see: https://www.dialmycalls.com/scholarship.html
Due Date: Online, November 8th , 2017 / National

Digital Privacy Scholarship 
9th through 12th grades
Award: $1000
This is a very simple application; enter your contact information and write a 140-character statement – that’s it!!  Useful articles are provided.
To access application: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/digital-privacy-scholarship
Due Date: Online byJune 30, 2017 / National

Doodle for Google Contest 
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Award: $30,000 college scholarship
Applicants to this contest need to create an uplifting doodle that tells the world "What inspires me." The doodle should incorporate the letters G-O-O-G-L-E. Form more information, see: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/
Due Date: Online by March 2, 2018 / National

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Don’t Text and Drive 
9th through 12th grades
Award: $1000
This is a very simple application; enter your contact information and write a 140-character statement – that’s it!!
To access application: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship/
Due Date: Online bySeptember 30, 2017 / National

Do Something Campaign
9th – 12th grades
Multiple awards from $300 to $5,000
Join a campaign to have fun, improve the world and maybe earn a scholarship.  There are many campaigns to choose from – collect jeans for homeless youth, send a compliment to a friend or have a bake sale to support infants in Syria, among others. 
For information: https://www.dosomething.org/about/scholarships
To find a campaign: https://www.dosomething.org/  use search options at top
Due Date: Multiple dates, ongoing / National

Elks Association Vocational Grant (Oregon State)
US Citizens who plan to pursue an eligible vocational/technical program
$1,500, may reapply after first year
Applicants must plan to pursue a two year or less vocational/technical program, culminating in an associate degree, diploma, or certificate, but less than a Bachelor's degree and must carry the minimum 12 credit hours each quarter or its semester equivalent. Applications can be turned in to Elks Lodge beginning December 1st. Additional information and applications are available in Room 6 at NBHS.
Due Date: March 1, 2018  /

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Elks National Foundation Legacy Award
Seniors who are US citizens and children/grandchildren of a living Elk member
Up to 7 awards given in Oregon: $4,000
Applicants must be a child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2018. Applicants must have taken the SAT or ACT and will provide service to Elks once a year while receiving the scholarship. See: http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/legacy.cfm
Due Date: February 2, 2018 by 11:59am Central (9:59am Pacific)  /

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Current Seniors who are Citizens of the United States
$1,000 will be awarded to 1 North Bend student from the local chapter
500 4-year scholarships, ranging from $4,000-$50,000 regionally & nationally
The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
To apply, see: http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Due Date: November 27, 2017  /
Local, Regional & National

Eugene Children's Film Festival
Open to all high school students
Various awards; $1,000 scholarship for Oregon's Forests Scholarship Category
The 2018 festival will be held on May 19th at Wildish Community Theatre in Eugene. Entries are due by May 9th. For more information, see: https://www.eugenefilm.org/
Due Date: May 9th, 2018  /

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Scholarships
Thomas E. "Tom Pitzer Aviation maintenance Scholarship
Oregon HS Senior or graduate with 3.0 GPA or higher
Award: $1,000
This scholarship is to help worthy candidate pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree with FAA A&P Certification or an alternate degree filed related to aviation maintenance. Applicants must be HS senior or graduate with GPA of 3.0 or higher, US citizen, and plan to attend an accredited and FAA approved school within Oregon, such as Lane or Portland Community College, and start in the Fall term. Upon receipt of the degree, the recipient of the scholarship must commit to working three years within the aviation maintenance industry. Application includes resume, essay describing interest in obtaining a private pilot's license or an aviation maintenance degree, and a letter of recommendation.

Captain Kevin Kyle Mosley Private Pilot Scholarship Application
Oregon HS Junior or Senior (aged 16-18) outside of Yamhill County
Award: $2,500
This scholarship can be applied toward fees or expenses to help recipient obtain a private pilot license (e.g. ground school instruction, dual and solo flight instruction, pre and post flight instruction, the FAA written test and flight examiner's fee for the private pilot check ride). Actual expenses to complete the training may exceed the scholarship gift amount. Application should include a resume, essay describing applicant's interest in obtaining a private pilot's license, letter of recommondation.

For additional information on each scholarship, see: www.evergreenmuseum.org
Due Date: February 28, 2018  /

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Federal Employee Education & Assistance (FEEA)Fund Scholarships
Applicant requirements listed below
Award: Varies and based on current funding level
Applicants must be the children, step-children, or legal dependents of full- or par-time, permanent federal civilian or postal workers employed with the federal government for mor than three years. The employees, themeselves, and their spouses are also eligible. Application requires transcripts, a recommendation, an essay, list of community service/awards/extracurricular activities, and copy of federal employee sponsor's current SF-50. For more information, see: https://feea.org/our-programs/scholarships/#scholar
Due Date: March 21, 2018 /  National

First Community Credit Union Founders Scholarship
HS Senior, 3.5 GPA, other requirements listed below
8 Awards: $1,500 Each
Applicants must: be First Community members, must be a graduating high school senior, or a returning undergraduate student enrolled in 12 credits or more, must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50. For more information: https://www.myfirstccu.org/page/founders_scholarship
Due Date: April 2, 2018 /  Regional

First in Family
At least 18 years old
Award: $1000
This scholarship is to support a student who demonstrates leadership, commitment to education and a capacity to overcome challenges to become the first member in their family to attend college.
To access application:https://studysoup.com/scholarships/details?scholarship_id=3
Due Date
: Online byDecember 31, 2017 /  National

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Fit & Me Stay Fit and Healthy Scholarship
Senior, at least 18 years old
Award: $1,000
Applicants must wWrite an 800 – 1000 word essay that answers the question: “What would be your plan to promote a fitter and healthier lifestyle among students?" For more information, visit: https://www.fitandme.com/scholarship/
Due Date
: December 31, 2017 /  National

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes
20 Awards: 4-year scholarships of $5,000/year for a total of $20,00 each
Applicants must be a member of a school or community sport team. Award is based on academics, sportsmanship and community involvement. GPA of 3.0 or more required. For use at a 4-year college.
For more information and application: https://footlockerscholarathletes.com/
Due Date
: Online byDecember 15, 2017 / National

Friends of NRA Scholarships (Oregon State)
Senior, must have 3.0+ GPA
15 Awards:$1,000 - $4,000 each
Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, "unless there are extenuating circumstances." Application requires high school transcript, list of activities, clubs and hobbies, a 2 - 3 page essay, personal statemetn and letter of recommendation. Complete application is available in Room 6 at NBHS or HERE.
Due Date
: March 30, 2018 / State

Gen and Kelly Tanabe
9th – 12th grade
Award: $1,000
Scholarship is awarded based on a 250-word essay.  Financial need and GPA aren’t considered.  Can be used for any major and any college in the U.S. For information and application:  http://www.genkellyscholarship.com/index.html
Due Date
: December 31 , 2017 / National

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George S & Stella M Knight Essay Contest
9th – 12th grade
Award: $1,000-$5,000
This scholarship is presented through the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation. More information can be found at: https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/george-s-stella-m-knight-essay-contest
Due Date
: December 31 , 2017 / Regional and National

GFOA--Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships
Varies--mostly graduate or upper level undergraduate, one for incoming college
Award: Varies
There are five different scholarships available:
1. Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship for full-time, graduate level student, one $15,000 award
2. Frank L Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship for full-time, graduate or upper level undergraduate students, two $10,000 awards
3. Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship for full- or part-time graduate or upper level undergraduate student, one $10,000 award
4. Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship for part-time gradute level students, four $10,000 awards
5. Jeffrey L. Esser Career Development Scholarship for part-time student pursuing Associate's or Bachelor's degree, must have been employed for three or more years by state or local governments, $5,000-%15,000 award
For more information, see: https://www.gfoa.org/scholarships
Due Date: January 26, 2018 / National

Glenn Jackson Scholarship--OPRD & ODOT
Senior, dependent of current, regular status OPRD & ODOT employees or retirees
Award: Varies
This scholarship is for graduating senior who is a dependent of current, regular status Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) or Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employees or retirees. (Employees must have been permanent, full-time employees at their departments for at least 3 years). Applicant must be enrolling in accredited, two- or four-year non-profit college. Applications are submitted through the OSAC portal. More information found at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/About/Pages/Glenn-Jackson-Scholarship-Program.aspx
Due Date: Within OSAC Portal by March 1, 2018  / State

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Global Lift Equipment
Award: $500
Write a story from the viewpoint of a piece of used equipment in Global Lift Equipment’s inventory.  GPA of 2.5 or more required
To access application: http://www.usedforklifttexas.com/used_inventory/2883/used_mitsubishi_forklifts_inventory_texas.phpDue Date: Online byJune 15, 2017 / National

Goldberg & Osborne Don’t Text and Drive 
9th through 12th grades
Award: $1000 will be awarded every other month
It doesn’t get any easier than this.  Just submit your name and contact information and pledge not to text and drive to be entered into a drawing.
Parents and other relatives can enter on a student’s behalf. To access application: https://1800theeagle.com/scholarships/ Apply every other month.
Next Due Date
: Online byJune 30, 2017 / National

Good 360 Sustainability Scholarship 
Senior with 3.3 GPA or higher
Award: $1000
Applicants must be applying to or attending college and have an interest in Environmentalism or Sustainability. To apply, you post a photo on Instagram and include a short essay about it on the given topic. For more information, see: https://good360.org/sustainability-scholarship/
Due Date: October 31, 2017
/ National

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Grange Co-op Scholarship 
Senior with 3.5 GPA or higher (living in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Curry, Douglas, Coos, Siskiyou, Del Norte, Modoc, Humboldt, Yuba or Sutter counties)
12 Awards: $1000 each will be given
Applicants must have participated in one of the following in HS: FFA, 4-H, Horticulture, DECA, FBLA, Student Body Leadership, School Sports, or Non-School Related Activities such as Work Experience. Application requires: 500-1,500 word essay, letter of recommendation, high school transcript, video of self reading essay (posted on YouTube). For more information, see: http://www.grangecoop.com/scholarship-program/
Due Date: February 15, 2018
/ Local

Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship 
Juniors and Seniors
Awards: $500, $750, $1,000
This scholarship is from Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. Submissions should be in the form of an original essay, poen, or narrative work (maximum 600 words) in response to the following question: "What would it take to elminate nuclear weapons in your lifetime?" More information and entry forms can be found at: http://www.oregonpsr.org/greenfield_peace_writing_scholarship
Due Date: March 5, 2018
/ State

Guerin Memorial Conservation Essay Contest
7th through 12th grades
Award: $150 1st Place, $125 2nd Place, $100 3rd Place
500 word essay should be completed on ONE of the following topics:
1. Explain how conservation practices used by landowners (farmers, ranchers, timber holders) can benefit water quailty in Coos County.
2. What conservation practices used by landowners and/or the public in Coos County are utilized to protect soil and decrease erosion?
3. How have farming, ranching, or timber land management practices changed over the last 100 years to protect the environment and water quality in Coos County?
4. What are some ways that people in agricultural production in Coos County can protect the fertility of their soil?
5. How might water scarcity or quality affect agriculture in Coos County?
Mail 4 copies of your essay to: Coos Soil & Water Conservation District, 379 North Adams Street, Coquille, OR 97423, or email to info@coosswcd.org with "Guerin Essay Entry" in the subject line. Include your Name, School, Grade Level, and Phone Number, as well as which Topic you wrote about. All entries must be typed or written in ink. Prizes awarded at Coos SWCD's annual meeting in November. Contact Coos SWCD with questions: 541-396-6879.
Due Date: November 12th, 2017, by 4 p.m./ North Bend

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Guy Davis & Past Presidents' Scholarships 
Seniors, other requirements listed below
Award: $1,250
Applicants must have a relative who is an OSEA member and have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0. Application also requires an essay, official transcript, resume and recommendation letter. For more info, see: https://www.osea.org/scholarships/
Due Date: March 1, 2018
/ State

HardMoneyHome.com Volunteerism & Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Award: $1,000
This scholarship is for students who will be attending college/university for Fall 2018 term. Applicants must have a "dedicated interest in volunteerism and entrepreneurship." Completed applications include a high school or college transcript and video on given topic. For more information, see: https://www.hardmoneyhome.com/volunteerism-and-entrepreneurship-scholarship-fall-2018
Deadline: July 15, 2018 
/ National

Harrington Family Foundation Oregon Community Quarterback Scholarship
Award: $2,500 per year for four years
This scholarship is for current Oregon high school seniors who are emerging leaders, and plan to attend an Oregon trade school, college or university. The program is intended to facilitate the growth of promising leaders in the state of Oregon by developing the skills needed to flourish their local communities. For more information, see: http://harringtonfamilyfoundation.org/scholarship/
Deadline: April 2, 2018 
/ State

Hasson/Newman Memorial Scholarship, ORCA Scholarship Fund
Award: $3,500 - $4,000
Scholarship recipients must start attendance at Oregon accredited public or private college, university or trade school within 12 months of the award and show proof of enrollment for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Applicants must submit a 1,000 - 1,500 word essay (typed, double-spaced, able to be read in three to five minutes) on the subject "Credit in the 21st Century." Finalists must attend the Oregon Collectors Association Spring Convention, usually held the last part of April on the Oregon Coast, and read their essays to those attending the convention in order to win their awards.

Entries must include: applicant's full name, address, telephone numbers, full name of parents, name and phone number of high school attending. Entries can be mailed to: Marisa Hasson, ORCA SCHOLARSHIP FUND, 19810 SW 49th Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062, or emailed to: orcascholarshipfund@comcast.net. Flyers about the scholarship available at NBHS in Room 6.
Deadline:  March 1, 2018
/ State

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Healthy Lifestyle Essay Scholarship
Award: $1,000 scholarship
Applicants are to write and submit an 800-1200 word essay on the benefits of healthy lifestyle decisions. Must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be accepted into a college program. Visit the following web address for more information:
Deadline:  December 1, 2017
/ National

Hispanic Heritage Youth Award
2018 graduates
Three awards in each of 6 categories/region: last year up to $3000 each
Applicants must demonstrate leadership in the classroom and community in addition to an interest in one of the six categories, including math, community service and business.  Must be of Hispanic/Latino decent including Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean or the Philippines. 
GPA of at least 3.0 required (one page says 3.5 GPA).  For use at a 4-year school.
For info and link to create an account: http://www.hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards/
There are 10 Award Regions; apply to the closest.
Due Date
: October 2, 2017 / Regional & National

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarship
HS Senior, Hispanic Ancestry, Permanent OR Resident, 3.0 GPA
Award: Varies
Applicants will be evaluated on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, written essays, and letters of recommendation. See: http://hmccoregon.com/scholarship/
Due Date: January 31, 2018 / State

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Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program
Award: $2,500, renewable for up to 3 years following freshman year of college
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is for "outstanding students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying and for those who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities." Application includes a personal response, transcripts, and an educator recommendation. See: http://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/hollister-co-anti-bullying-scholarship/
Deadline: February 1, 2018 
/ National

Horatio Alger Scholarships
Awards: 106 national awards of $25,000 each and 5 Oregon awards of $10,000 each
For students who have overcome a great obstacle in their life.
-- 2.0 minimum GPA
-- strong commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree
-- strong co-curricular and community involvement
-- financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross income)
Apply online: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
Caution: There are pages that need to be completed by the school so don’t wait too long to start this application.  Follow directions carefully.
Deadline:  October 25, 2017
/ State & National

Home Service Club Scholarship
One Scholarship will be given for $2,000
Applicants must be legal US residents who will attend college in the United States, starting no later than Winter 2018 term. Applicants are required to upload a 30-90 second video on YouTube answering the question"What are you passionate about and why do you want to go to college?" as well as "like" the Home Service Club's Facebook page. An application is also submitted to the organization. See complete details at: https://www.hscwarranty.com/scholarship
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A. Who’s Eligible:

All Central Oregon middle school and high school students, including students whose teacher is not participating and home-schooled students.

B. Purpose of the “Words Matter” Essay Contest

As a newspaper serving Central Oregon since 1903 (115 years), our success, like any good newspaper, has been our ability to bring our world to life, in the words we write and the pictures we provide. The ability to communicate facts, ideas, and different points of view about complex issues is critical in making the newspaper interesting and important to readers’ daily lives.

As students, your ability to know and use the appropriate words to read and write well (to be literate) is a life skill, which will contribute to a life of engagement, thoughtfulness, purpose and even curiosity and wonder.

As community members, our ability to understand and communicate with others through the use of the best and most effective words is so important. In short, “Words Matter.”

C. Student essays will respond to the following question:

“Free Speech: What is it to you and should there be limits?”


The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech , or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Free Speech Today: Almost every day, in the media and in public conversations, the nature and “acceptable” levels and forms of free speech are being discussed in our classrooms, at our dinner tables, and in our cities, states and country. It is an age-old issue, but, today, there are so many different levels and platforms for individuals to express themselves. Is that a challenge to or strength of our democracy? Is it reflecting what our Founders intended in the First Amendment?

Questions to think about : As a young person in Central Oregon and living in America, here are some important questions to think about as you sit down to organize and write your response to the question, “Free Speech: What is it to you and should there be limits? ”

• What does free speech mean to me?

• Should there be limits? If so, what might they be and how can they be justified?

• What is offensive, incitable, provocative and/or hateful speech and where do we, as a society, draw the line?

• What are “safe spaces” and are they appropriate?

• Are there dangers to our democracy in limiting free speech?

The Basic Things to Know:

Word Length : Essay must be from 500-650 words (double spaced)

Submission Deadline : The essay is due no later than Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Winning Selections Announcement : Student winners will be notified by May 1, 2018 .

D. Address Essay to “Authentic” Audience:

Address your essay to the Central Oregon public. It is an opportunity for you to inform and educate the public.

E. Minimum Qualifying Requirements - Essay Length, Deadline and Rules:

• Word Length : Essay must be from 500-650 words (double spaced), and each written page must be numbered.

• Type Size : Essay must be typed in easy-to-read 12 pt. font and submitted electronically (as an attachment) in a WORD or PDF format by the individual student or by a teacher’s file attachment.

• Supporting Sources , when used, must be cited properly. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count. Your essay must have at least two verifiable references/examples from one or more of the following sources:

• Media: print (e.g., The Bulletin and other newspapers, books, magazines) or electronic (e.g., television, radio, websites [incl. newspaper websites] and social media)

• Historical events and references

• Free speech case law: Examples: Schenck v. U.S. [1919] and Tinker v. Des Moines [1969]

• No name should appear on essay pages.

• Title Page : Each entry must begin with:

- a title page containing: the official topic, “Words Matter”

- total number of words

- writer’s name, school name, school address, grade, contact phone number/email

Important Note : do not number the title page

• Entry Form : Each entrant, must print out, complete, sign (parent signature for those under 18) and submit the entry form with the completed essay. The form includes—student name, grade, school, school address, contact information (email/ phone), signature line, and permission to use your essay, if selected, either in The Bulletin newspaper and/or The Bulletin website at www.bendbulletin.com. The participation certificate name will be taken from the entry form.

• Submission Deadline : The entry form, along with the essay (and title page), must be received by email attachment or teacher’s file no later than Friday, March 16 at 5:00p.m. (No exceptions). Please don’t wait until the last minute.

• Submit to : Turn your entry form and essay (with title page) into your teacher electronically. They will forward to the Bulletin NIE Program at nie@bendbulletin.com .

F. Scoring Process and Criteria:

A submitted essay will be scored by a panel of judges on a point scale of 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest) on how well the essay addresses the following criteria:

• Position statement (clarity relative to theme)

• Supporting Information (supports the position)

• Organization (structure) - MLA format recommended

• Tone of Essay (level of persuasiveness)

• Writing with an authentic voice and unique point of view and style.

• Grammar (sentence structure and use of words)

• Punctuation (correct punctuation and spelling)

G. Judging:

• Judging will be blind.

• Bulletin NIE staff will score and ensure all essays meet the minimum qualifying requirements (Section E).

• Selected Bulletin and Editorial Staff will score finalists and select the winners.

• All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

• Student winners will be notified by May 1, 2018.

H. Prizes and Recognition

Middle School Student Entrants

First Place: $100 Gift Card, essay published in The Bulletin, participation certificate

Second Place: $50 Gift Card, participation certificate

Third Place: $25 Gift Card, participation certificate

High School Student Entrants

First Place: $100 Gift Card, essay published in The Bulletin, participation certificate

Second Place: $50 Gift Card, participation certificate

Third Place: $25 Gift Card, participation certificate

Certificate of Participation: All Participants whose essays are submitted to The Bulletin will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Selections Published on The Bulletin Website: The Bulletin will publish the first through third-place winners (middle school and high school), along with the honorable mention essays on The Bulletin website.


How to Enter Your Students’ Essays:

Upon receipt of student essays, save each student entry (including: the entry form, title page and essay) as a PDF (if possible).

Please name and save your student entry files in the following manner:

• By the first three letters of the school as a school abbreviation, followed by the level (ms or hs), followed by student’s last name, followed by first name.

• For example, the submission for a student who went to La Pine High School by the name of John Doe would be saved as: laphs.doe.john

• If that same student went to Cascade Middle School it would be saved as casms.doe.john.

• This will make it easier for us to organize entries and follow-up, etc.

Please send your student entries as an attachment(s) to: nie@bendbulletin.com with the subject line Words Matter Student Essay Contest Entries and your school’s name. (NOTE: The Bulletin does NOT accept zip files. Please do not send them; it will fail)

*** Reminder : The deadline for entries is Friday, March 16, 2018 . Of course, you can send them in earlier. Student winners will be notified by May 1, 2018 .

Contest Correlation with Common Core State Standards (ELA-Literacy, Grades 6-12)

Writing with a purpose and for an authentic audience:

6-12.1 Write arguments to support claims (in an analysis of substantive topics or texts) using clear/valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

6-12.4 Produce a clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.

6-12.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting. . .

6-12.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

6-12.10 Write routinely over extended period of time frames (time for research, reflection and revision)... for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Questions?: Email nie@bendbulletin.com


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