Scholarship Information(Information will be emailed to students and parents when we receive it)Scholarships offer money for college that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships can be based on whatever criteria are important to the organization or individual offering the funds. Never pay someone to search scholarships for you!
New! Each college and university website will provide a Net Price Calculator on their website which will provide you with an estimate of the actual costs to attend their school. Check their website!Don't forget to ask about scholarships offered by professional organizations and unions that family members belong to, and see us in the counseling center for information on scholarships being offered by our local community civic organizations and foundations!
- Start Early! Don't wait until the last minute to complete the application.
- Proofread your application. Ask someone else to proofread it as well.
- Don't Procrastinate. Deadlines are final. Your application will not be considered if it is late.
- Take Responsibility for your application. Keep a copy for your records.
- Watch your mail and email. Most scholarship committees will communicate with you regarding your application through mail or email.
These websites are a great place to start looking for scholarships:
Gear Up Washington (Scholarships organized by deadlines)
BigFuture.org (Scholarship search engine that matches students based on thier College Board profile)
Immigrants Rising (Scholarships for undocumented students)
SGT Justin Norton Scholarship
The SGT Justin Norton Memorial Scholarship Fund application contains a variety of questions to help the scholarship selection committee decide which Rainier High School Seniors will qualify for the scholarship. This one-time scholarship is valid for up to one year after the date of graduation and will be paid directly to the institution you choose to attend. You can access the form here.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers Scholarships
The Sea Mar Community Health Centers Scholarships are now open! Sea Mar will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to students who are of migrant or seasonal farm worker backgrounds. In addition to this, Sea Mar offers a $2,500 scholarship to students who demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance. The money can be used to cover expenses while you’re enrolled in college such as tuition, food, housing, books, etc! Take advantage of this opportunity. You can find the application at www.seamar.org or you can connect with your counselor for more information. The deadline is April 30, 2023. Take the time to apply and submit your application. For any questions, please email email@example.com or call (206) 763-5277.
Olympia Master Builders Education Foundation Scholarship
The Olympia Master Builders Education Foundation is accepting applications for scholarship grants ranging up to $2500 to college or vocational/technical school-bound students, who currently reside within Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific or Grays Harbor Counties. Students intending to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry such as: engineering, architecture, drafting, industrial design, carpentry, construction management, etc. are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside within Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, or Grays Harbor counties and be a US citizen. Applications must be postmarked not later than Friday, April 28, 2023.
Blue Ribbon Scholarships
The Washington State Fair Foundation is pleased to present scholarship opportunities to
Washington’s students for continuing education. Applications are due 12/1/22.
Ewing C Kelly Scholarship
Applicants will be judged on citizenship, academic achievement and financial need. Each award is worth $2,500 and winners will be notified in April. All applications (with ALL attachments) must be postmarked by March 10, 2023.
AFSCME (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees) Union Scholarships
If your parent/guardian a member of the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees) there are a variety of scholarships and benefits that may be of interest to you and your future education.
For graduating Seniors – Children of WFSE 443 Members:
Elsie Schrader High School Scholarship Application and Instructions
Barbara O'Neill Public Service Scholarship Application and Instructions
The application deadline for these scholarships is April 15 each year.
Other Union Scholarships
WFSE COUNCIL 28: http://wfse.org/scholarship-info/
AFSCME SCHOLARSHIP: http://www.afscme.org/members/scholarships
AFSCME Free College
The AFSCME Free College Benefit - Brings a college degree within your reach.
AFSCME and Eastern Gateway Community College are offering the chance to earn an online degree from an accredited school with no out-of-pocket expenses. A college degree can be your pathway to new opportunities, greater responsibility, and more earning power.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Chair of the Local 443 scholarship committee via firstname.lastname@example.org. or your RHS Counseling Center.
Agriculture related scholarships
This is the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Catalog. There are 59 pages of scholarships available for FFA and Non-FFA members alike! Definitely worth your time to take a look if you're planning on pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree or certification in anything that can be related to Agriculture.
AMDA for Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees and Scholarships
AMDA provides performing arts education in New York and Hollywood. Degrees can be earned in Acting, Music Theatre, Dance Theatre, and Performing Arts. If you are interested in the performing arts and would like a nomination for admission and scholarships, please come to the counseling center.
Association of Computer Professionals Scholarships
ACPE - NW Scholarship Announcement.
The Association of Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) has allocated up to $10,000 for scholarships of up to $2,000 each for students in Oregon and Washington. These scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who have been actively involved in the use of technology during their high school careers and are planning to pursue studies in a technology-related field.
In order to qualify, a student must:
- currently be a senior at an Oregon or Washington K–12 public or private educational institution
- 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
- provide a description, that includes a reflection of your learning form a technology project you have completed, and provide a link that documents and demonstrates your technology project.
- have completed the online Scholarship Application
Asstn. for Learning Environments Scholarships PNW
This program recognizes learning projects which positively impact teaching and learning and result from a sound planning process reflecting the needs and expectations of the community. Their scholarships go to students in the building industry.
Example: Merle Kirkley $3000.00 scholarship.
Better Business Bureau Foundation offers $17,000.00, essay or video
The Better Business Bureau Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship 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. Two scholarships will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western Wyoming. High school juniors and seniors from across the Northwest are encouraged to apply by creating a 3 minute video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers, or by writing a 500 word essay. "We recommend getting as creative as possible, telling us the story of a person harmed by unethical business practices and how BBB can help educate consumers in advance to prevent scams or to help consumers report scams or bad businesses." For all the information and application go to:
Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Scholarship
The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is proud to announce their education scholarship application is available to assist and encourage workforce training in the construction industry. BIAW has at least $10,000 available in funding for students in Washington State pursuing a degree in the construction industry. They also have an additional $10,000 for scholarships designated for technical and trades students.
$20,000 in scholarships!
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest
Open to students in grades 9-12 in Washington State - The goal of the Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is to provide teens a place to share their stories, whether it's through their own cancer diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. We want to hear about your experience using your voice. Since we opened the contest in 2006, thousands of submissions have been received and we have awarded more than $100,000 in cash prizes. Currently, the contest is open to high school students in Washington State and middle school students in the Puget Sound area. The cash prize is $1000.00. For more information and application go to this website:
Coldwell Banker Scholarship EssayColdwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty announces their scholarship contest: First prize - $1000.00; 2nd place prize - $750.00; 3rd place prize - $500.00Who is eligible? Any high school student who is either: (1) a resident of Thurston County; or (2) attends a school located in Thurston County, Washington.Where? www.whatmakesahouseahome.comWhat makes a house a HOME? All eligible contestants may enter one, no more than 500 word essay (essays with over 500 words will be automatically disqualified) that describes “What makes your house a home?” Your home doesn’t have to be a house. You may live in an apartment, a cabin or a boat – that’s just your shelter. In 500 words or less, describe why your house is more than just a shelter and what makes it your home.Criteria for Judging:* Organization of thoughts* Proper grammar and spelling* Creativity* Effectiveness of main point* Judges’ subjectivity/opinionsFollow the link for all the information:
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Scholarships
We know that an investment in your education is an investment in a better future—not just for you but for your families and communities too. We also know that education is expensive, and every little bit helps when it comes to reaching your goals. That's why we team up each year with amazing donors who also believe in your potential. These donors trust us to manage their funds and provide scholarship support for local students planning to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities—both academic and vocational.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarship
Submit your application to qualify for one of three Early Bird scholarships. All students will be notified of whether or not they received a scholarship in May.
The ESA Foundation is an international leadership and service organization with its focus on scholarships and grants. They have awarded more than $3 million in scholarships and continue to award numerous scholarships annually. You do not have to be an ESA member to apply for a scholarship, their application process is 100% online.
FFA/Ag. National Scholarship Program
FFA members and non-members will find many scholarships that are available!
Follow the directions on the site and talk to your FFA advisor - Mrs. Karnes.
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
For High School Seniors who demonstrate: Leadership; Drive; Integrity; Citizenship. Up to $40,000 per scholar! U.S. News and World Report cited it as one of four "huge scholarships" that was worth pursuing. For more information, notification of application date, eligibility requirements, and an online application, visit:
The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship, designed to provide each recipient with the opportunity to Graduate College Debt-Free.
Hagan Scholarship recipients are high achieving, self-motivated students who will require substantial financial assistance to attend college. The Hagan Scholarship provides up to $48,000 over four years; nine hundred twenty-seven Hagan Scholars from 43 states are currently enrolled at 358 colleges and universities. Over 2,000 Hagan Scholarships have been awarded to date.
Application deadline: December 1, 2022
Horatio Alger Scholarship for CTEOver 1000 students will receive $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degreeEligibility Criteria:
Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.Apply online at the following address:
- Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
- Will be enrolled in an eligible program in the Fall after graduating from high school
- Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
- Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
- Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
- Being a United States citizen
Kelly Foundation of Washington Scholarship
The Kelly Foundation of Washington has a $2,500 Scholarship they will be awarding to a WA state graduate who is bound for college, community college or an accredited trade school next Fall. They consider grades, accomplishments, personal statements, financial need and letters of recommendation.
Visit their website below for links to the application.
Make a Video or design a billboard-Win a Scholarship-Save a Life
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change.
People know texting and driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. As an applicant, you have one clear mission: create a PSA to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, specifically texting while driving. Together, we can spread the message that texting and driving is unacceptable for all of us. No one is special enough to text and drive. Competitions are for billboard design, video creation, or radio broadcast.
For the video competition:
For both the high school and college categories, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $8,000. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000. Videos are due April 1.
For the billboard competition:
For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Designs are due March 1.
For the radio competition:
For both high school and college categories, the winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Recordings are due April 1.
Getting into nursing school is one thing. Paying for it is something else.
We’ve put together a list of 50+ scholarships and grants to help you pay those school bills.
Olympia Master Builders Foundation Scholarship
students intending to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry such as: engineering, architecture, drafting, industrial design, carpentry, construction management, etc. are encouraged to apply. Applicants must reside within Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific or Grays Harbor counties and be a US citizen.
OppU Achievers Essay Contest
The OppU Achievers Scholarship provides $2,500.00 to high-achieving students for tuition costs. To apply for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Scholarship decisions are based solely on an applicant's essay response.
Winners for the OppU Achievers Scholarship are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.
To be eligible for the OppU Achievers Scholarship, a student must:
- Be enrolled full time in high school or at least part time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school.
- Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
Find additional information and application with essay question at the link below.
Come to your RHS Counseling Center if you need assistance.