Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships come from a wide variety of sources. High schools, local clubs, national organizations, foundations, and many others have private scholarships that students should always be on the lookout for.

Scholarship search services provide students with an efficient way to search for scholarships. Scholarship search services should be free. We discourage students from paying for these services.

If you receive a private scholarship, let us know, by submitting an Outside Scholarship Reporting Form. We may need to be adjust your aid package to comply with federal guidelines. Whenever possible, we will reduce loans and/or work-study first. In general, scholarships less than $1,000 will be applied entirely to the semester in which funding is received unless otherwise specified by the awarding organization or prohibited by federal regulations. All other scholarships will be divided evenly between fall and spring semesters unless otherwise specified by the awarding organization or the student.

Scholarship Resources

University of Portland Scholarship Tracking Worksheet - This spreadsheet allows you to track your outside scholarships. Edit the spreadsheet based on your needs. Your scholarship entries will automatically be transferred to a monthly calendar so you can plan for upcoming deadlines.

National Scholarship Resources

Regional Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Search Tips

Scholarship Application Resources on Campus

  • Office of Study Abroad - Maintains a list of external study abroad scholarships not affiliated with UP. 
  • Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement - Provides guidance and help on applications and essays for scholarships, grants and fellowships.
  • Learning Commons - Provides help reading, editing and developing essays.
  • Career Center - Provide help developing a strong, professional resume.
  • Faculty Advisors - Provide help with technical essay writing. They may also be able to provide recommendation letters.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

  • If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.
  • Never invest more than postage stamp to get information about scholarships or to apply for scholarships.
  • Nobody can guarantee that you will win a scholarship.
  • Do not give out personal information such as social security number, bank account information, or credit card information.


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