Outside Scholarships

Discover outside scholarship opportunities with NCU’s recommended private scholarship sources. The outside scholarship opportunities list is updated on a regular basis, so check back often.


Featured Scholarships

Outside Scholarships are one of the very best ways to fund your education! Applying for as many scholarships as possible helps to ensure that you maximize your financial aid each year. Take a look at some of our featured scholarships, and don't forget to browse the rest of our list below!

Walsh Nursing Scholarship

NCU Exclusive!: The Helen Stafford Walsh Nursing Scholarship has been established to help students who are preparing for careers in nursing. Helen Stafford Walsh was proud to be a Registered Nurse. Her family established this award to honor her commitment to nursing, her long career in the profession, and the nurse-friends she made along the way. Education was important to her. Through the funding of this award, Helen would be pleased that her hard work now supports a colleague continuing their nursing education. Amount: $500 Deadline: February 1, 2019 Grade Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: BSN, MSN Availability: Available Now! APPLY

OSAC Scholarships

Outside Scholarships: OSAC Logo Description: Over 600 scholarships are available from the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) to students who are residents of the state of Oregon or Clark County Washington that are planning to attend college in the state of Oregon. The specific criteria and award amounts vary, but can all be found and applied for in 1 application. Amount: Varies Deadline: March 1, 2019 (Early Bird February 15) Grade Levels: Any Majors: Any Availability: Available Now! APPLY

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Scholarship Search Tools

There are millions of scholarships, and billions (That’s right, billions. With a “B.”) of dollars available to students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees every year. We’ve done our best to create a list of scholarships that will be relevant to our student body, but we can’t possibly keep track of every scholarship out there. Thankfully, there are several helpful scholarship databases out there that can help you discover a lot of great scholarship fits for you and your situation.   When searching for outside scholarships always consider the following before submitting an application:
  1. Does the scholarship and/or it’s website have a strong privacy policy that guarantees your information is safe and won’t be sold?
  2. Never give a scholarship your bank and/or credit card information. Most legitimate scholarships will send payment directly to the university and should never charge you for applying (their goal is to give you money, right?).
  3. Exercise caution before disclosing your Social Security Number. Some legitimate scholarships require one, but it’s usually something you can go without disclosing (especially in an online form).
  4. Ask, “Does this scholarship make sense?” Legitimate granting organizations will have a sensible explanation for why they’re offering their scholarship. For example, maybe it’s a non-profit that exists to grant scholarships or a private company that funds scholarships related to their industry.
  5. Try to avoid “sweepstakes” style scholarships. There’s often some ulterior motive to why companies offer these scholarships, such as building an email list to sell to third parties. And, because the barrier to entry is so low, the odds of winning typically aren’t great.

FastWeb

FastWeb Scholarship DatabaseDescription: Fastweb is perhaps the most widely known scholarship database on the internet. They list over 1.5 million scholarships on their website, but our experience is that many of those scholarships are “sweepstakes” style scholarships. Their site is heavily ad-driven, but their matches are usually pretty good. They email more frequently than the other databases we list, so they may be an excellent fit for the student that needs a few more reminders to hit all their deadlines. Registration Required?: Yes SEARCH

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search

Sallie Mae Scholarships DatabaseDescription: Sallie Mae has a reputation as one of the nation’s largest private student loan providers. Their Scholarship Search database lists over 25 million scholarships and will match you to potential good fits based on your profile. The database isn’t laden with advertising and, in our experience, they only ever contact you if there’s a new match or to see if you’ll need a private loan through them for the upcoming semester. Registration Required?: Yes SEARCH

Unigo

Unigo Scholarships DatabaseDescription: Unigo is a college and scholarship search database listing over 3 million scholarships including several thousand dollars worth that are unique to them. You can browse all the scholarships in their database without an account, but in our experience they do an excellent job matching scholarships to your profile. There’s some advertisements on the website, but we’ve never gotten an email from them about anything other than scholarship matches. Registration Required?: No, but recommended SEARCH
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General Scholarships

American Psychological Association Scholarship Database

Outside Scholarships American Psychological AssociationDescription: The APA and its affiliate organizations provide a wide range of grants, scholarships, and awards with the aim of advancing the science and practice of psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health, education, and human welfare. Amount: Varies, up to $25,000+ Deadline: Varies Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, Criminal Justice, and Related Availability: Available Apply

 Expert Institute Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship

Outside Scholarships The Expert InstituteDescription: The Expert Institute offers an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a student who submits a 1,000-2,000 word essay on how their specialized knowledge of healthcare and/or life sciences could be applied to improving the practice of law and who meets the following criteria: Actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences Minimum 3.0 GPA Amount: $1,000 Deadline: December 31, 2018 Grade Levels: First-time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Biology, Nursing, and Related Availability: Available Now! Apply 

GoGrad Scholarship Database

Description: Graduate school is an exciting opportunity to expand career options, increase earning potential, and gain a deeper level of subject mastery. The scholarship guides at GoGrad offer a variety of general scholarship information including hundreds of scholarships, fellowships and grants, key information to include when applying for funding, and a variety of resources for specific groups. Take a look at the graduate scholarships listed on GoGrad’s website. Amount: Varies Deadline: Varies Grade Levels: Graduate Majors: Any Availability: Available Apply

Horatio Alger Association Scholarships

Outside Scholarships Horatio Alger AssociationDescription: The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. Many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, but the Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. Amount: Up to $25,000 Deadline: October 25 Grade Levels: First-Time Majors: Any Availability: Available August 1 Apply

Live Más Scholarship

Outside Scholarships Taco Bell Live MasDescription: This scholarship is for the innovators, creators, and dreamers who want to share his/her passion and receive support to pursue this passion through a higher educational outlet. This is not needs or obstacle based; it is a passion-based scholarship program. 220 total awards are available! Amount: $2,500 - $25,000 Deadline: February 21, 2019 Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate Majors: Any Availability: Available Apply

National Association of Campus Activities Student Leader Scholarship

Outside Scholarships NACADescription: NACA awards scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and made significant contributions to their campus communities. Amount: Varies Deadline: Varies Grade Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Any Availability: Available Apply

PEO Continuing Education Grant

Outside Scholarships PEODescription: The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education is a need-based grant program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that improves their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families. Amount: Up to $3,000 Deadline: Varies Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Any Availability: Available ApplY

Phillips University Legacy Scholarship and Leadership Development Program

Outside Scholarships PULFDescription: The Phillips University Legacy Foundation offers an Undergraduate Scholarship and Leadership Training Program for students attending any of the 17 colleges/universities affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), including NCU. Membership in a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation is not required. Amount: up to $6,500 Deadline: Closed Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate Majors: Any Availability: Early 2019 Apply

Thermo Scientific Antibody Scholarship

Outside Scholarships Thermo ScientificDescription: The Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program awards scholarships to eligible life science students in order to provide educational opportunities for future generations of science scholars. Amount: $5,000 - $10,000 Deadline: May 2019 Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Biology, Life-Sciences Availability: Available December 2018 Apply  
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Scholarships for Oregon Residents

Education Together Foundation Scholarships

Description: The Education Together Foundation provides scholarships to enhance the educational opportunities of residents of the Junction City School District. It provides scholarships from a variety of donors and endowments for graduating seniors of Junction City High School. Amount: Varies Deadline: Closed Grade Levels: First-Time Majors: Any Availability: Early 2019 Apply

OSAC Scholarships

Outside Scholarships: OSAC Logo Description: Over 600 scholarships are available from the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) to students who are residents of the state of Oregon or Clark County Washington that are planning to attend college in the state of Oregon. The specific criteria and award amounts vary, but can all be found and applied for in 1 application. Amount: Varies Deadline: March 1, 2019 (Early Bird February 15) Grade Levels: Any Majors: Any Availability: Available Now! APPLY
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Religiously Affiliated Scholarships

Alexander Christian Foundation of Oregon

Outside Scholarships Alexander Christian FoundationDescription: The Alexander Christian Foundation of Oregon provides scholarships for Oregon students who are members of a Christian Church/Church of Christ, who are attending a Christian Church/Church of Christ affiliated university (NCU Counts!), and who desire to serve in a church-related vocation. Amount: Up to $2000 Deadline: Rolling Application Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Bible/Theology, Christian Ministry, MAL: Pastoral Leadership Availability: Available Apply

CM Cares: Religious Scholars Program

Church Mutual Cares ScholarshipDescription: Church Mutual Insurance Company believes helping our vibrant religious leaders today will ensure strong faith-based communities of tomorrow. The Religious Scholars Program is open to full-time students across the country who are in a religious studies program at an accredited theological seminary, college or university during the 2018-19 academic year. Students serving in their final year of an internship program are also eligible to apply. Students across all denominations are encouraged to apply. Amount: $5,000 (50 awards!) Deadline: Closed Grade Levels: First Time, Undergraduate, Graduate Majors: Bible/Theology, Christian Ministry, MAL: Pastoral Leadership Availability: Closed Apply

College Christian Leaders Scholarship

Outside Scholarships College Christian LeadersDescription: The foundation for College Christian Leaders seeks to assist Christian individuals with identified leadership history, high academic achievement and financial need with academic, vocational and ministry training to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Amount: Varies Deadline: May 2019 Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate Majors: Any Availability: Closed Apply

Helm Disciples Fellowships

Description: The Leadership Fellows Program responds to rapidly changing contexts for Christian Leadership. With guidance from expert coaches and mentors, Leadership Fellows directly engage the ministry of emerging and renewing local Christian communities across North America. While the Leadership Fellows Program does include a grant, it is not primarily a scholarship program. Instead, the program aims to develop leaders through an intentional focus on four major areas: community, transformation, global awareness, and mentoring. Amount: Unknown Deadline: Closed Grade Levels: First-Time Majors: Bible/Theology, Christian Ministry, Music Availability: Early 2019 Apply
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Study Abroad Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad

Description: The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) seeks to expand access to study abroad by raising awareness of its benefits and by granting scholarships. Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population. Amount: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Unknown Grade Levels: First-Time, Undergraduate Majors: Any Availability: Available APPLY
Gilman International Scholarship Outside Scholarships The Gilman Scholarship for Study AbroadDescription: The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Amount: Up to $5,000 Deadline: Rolling Deadlines Grade Level: Undergraduate Majors: Any (bonuses for "critical language study") Availability: Available APPLY
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