ASPIRE Tips: How To Apply For Scholarships

How are you paying for college? Scholarships are the best way to get FREE money.


In today’s world, when you hear the word free, it usually is too good to be true, but that is just what scholarships are – free money to use for your education after high school. Different than student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Generally, scholarships are awarded based on criteria established by the donor.


Not convinced? Here are a few things scholarships can do for you:

  • Help pay your college expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books, and supplies
  • Reduce your need to take on student loan debt and the amount of money you owe after graduation
  • Honor your achievements by awarding you for a job-well-done


So how do you apply? There are thousands of types of scholarships available to students from all walks of life. Scholarships can be based on GPA, extracurricular interest, career interest, family background, ethnicity, geography, financial need, or type of schooling, just to name a few. Navigating and determining what scholarships are right for you can be challenging.


Your ASPIRE mentor will help you work smarter, not harder, throughout the application process by working with you through an activities list to stay on track with deadlines and helping you with essay review.


One place to start is by filling out the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) scholarship application online, which has more than 450 scholarships in one application! OSAC awards more than $15 million in scholarships annually. Scholarship and award amounts range from $500 to $10,000 or more.


Log on to to start applying today! Your ASPIRE mentor will help answer any questions you have about the application.

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