Outside Scholarships

Federal Aid

  • The Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office.
  • FSA ID Request and Information allows the student (and parent, if applicable) to apply for a Federal Student Aid Identification Number through the U.S. Department of Education.  The FSA ID is used to electronically sign the FAFSA application and loan application, as well as to retrieve loan history and total loan debt through a national database (NSLDS). 
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) establishes federal financial aid eligibility, as well as private funding from many colleges and universities.


  • Student Aid is a federally sponsored website that contains information on federal financial aid, in addition to private scholarships and grants.
  • Fastweb is a free scholarship database that will link you to scholarships and other resources based on your personal profile.
  • The Department of Education has an Educational Resource Search on their website to help identify organizations in your region that specialize in scholarships, grants, and other resources.
  • Oregon Student Assistance Commission is Oregon's Higher Education Agency. They offer access to more than 250 scholarships and grants for state residents.
  • WashBoard connects Washington State residents to all types of Washington scholarship providers, whether you are attending in-state or out-of-state. Registration is spam-free and your information will not be sold.
  • Community Foundation of Southwest Washington provides SW Washington residents access to scholarship funds that are funded by charitable donors in the community.
  • Broke Scholar houses information regarding millions of scholarships, grants and fellowships that can be searched by specific eligiblity criteria. Any student can use this free service to help find third party scholarship money for school.
  • Peterson's is a database managed by Nelnet that provides access to thousands of scholarships and millions of scholarship funds, free of charge.
  • Best Colleges offers another comprehensive scholarship database that can be searched by demographic or area of study.

It's worth noting that some of these scholarship search engine sites require registration. And, while this registration won't entail bank account numbers, the administrators of these sites can make your registration information (name, email address, major, etc.) available to interested third parties.

Service Organizations granting scholarships

Be sure to check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see what service organizations are in your community: