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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, you are required to notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing. Your award may need to be adjusted in order to stay within federal guidelines. Whenever possible, we will reduce self-help aid (loans and 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.

Explore the University of Portland's external scholarship database, UP Opportunities Database. Our office has worked hard to compile an outside scholarship database full of resources to help you launch your scholarship search. Check out the database below for ideas on getting started. 

UP Opportunities Database

Scholarship Tools

University of Portland Scholarship Tracking Worksheet - Download our scholarship tracking worksheet, as an excel spreadsheet, allowing you to record and track your outside scholarships. Feel free to edit the spreadsheet based on your scholarship tracking needs. Your scholarship entries will automatically be transferred to a monthly calendar so you can plan for upcoming deadlines.

Scholarship Cheat Sheets

Scholarship Search Tips

Scholarship Resources on Campus

  • Office of Fellowships and Grants - Provides students with guidance and help on applications and essays for scholarships, grants and fellowships.
  • Learning Commons - Provides students with help reading, editing and developing essays.
  • Career Center - Provide students with help developing a strong, professional resume as well as help students determine future paths for themselves.
  • Faculty Advisors - Provide students with help in the technical aspect of essay and application writing for scholarships that require technical knowledge. They are also great resources for letters of recommendation provided they know you well enough.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

  • If you have to pay money to get money, it is 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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