High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001



Scholarships are regularly updated on the OHS website.   

For more information and a copy of the application, go to:


Scholarships With Paper Application 

Ewing C Kelly Scholarship.  $2500.  Must be attending a 4 year college/university, have a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite score of 1400 on the SAT, must be a U.S. citizen or have a green card.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline:  March 10, 2017

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc: Epsilon Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Seattle, WA.  (3) $500.  This scholarship is open to seniors planning to attend a four year university or institution in the Fall of 2017.  GPA of 3.0 or higher, application, essay, photo, two letters of recommendation.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application. Deadline: April 1, 2017

Renton Community Foundation - Jeremy Gidlund Memorial Scholarship. Up to $5000.  Scholarship will be awarded to high school seniors with identified learning disabilities who are eligible to receive services on an IEP and wish to pursue post-secondary education towards a degree or specific career.  GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Application, personal essay, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and a completed School History & Information Form.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline: April 10, 2017.

The Freemasons of Olympia Lodge #1.  (1) $1,000 scholarship and (5) $500 scholarships to seniors graduating from Olympia, Tumwater, and North Thurston School District high schools. Through granting these scholarships, Olympia Lodge #1 seeks to promote the Masonic values of philanthropy and community by supporting the continuing education goals of local students.  Click here for more information and the application.  Deadline: April 5, 2017.   

Larson Family Scholarship.  $1,000-$2000.  Must be intent on majoring in political science or pursuing a career in public policy, government, or politics.  Application, essay and letter of recommendation.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline: May 25, 2017.


Online Scholarships 

(We have no other information in the Career Center on the following scholarships; go online to get applications and details.) 

Gates Millennium Scholars - Varies, but the average award between 2000 and 2014 was $12,942.  This program was designed to help talented low-income minority students attend college without taking on debt. Applicants must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA. The awards cover any unmet need after other grants and scholarship money have been applied to a student’s college bills. Awards are renewable each year.  Deadline:  Varies

National Society of High School Scholars Foundation - Varies.  These scholarships are meant for rising college freshman, with preference given to students from underrepresented minorities. The goal is to increase diversity in STEM fields as well as in business, economics, and public policy.  Deadline:  Varies

Ron Brown Scholars Program - $10,000 a year, renewable for four years.  This money is awarded to highly talented African-American high school seniors with significant financial need. Awards are chosen based on interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship, but recipients may pursue any academic discipline.  Deadline: Varies

BBB Foundation Students of Integrity Scholarship - $10,000.  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. A scholarship of $10,000 will be award 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 encourage to apply by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers. We recommend getting as creative as possible, telling us the story of a person harmed by unethical business practices and how the BBB can help educate consumers in advance to prevent scams or to help consumers report scams or bad business keeping other consumers safe.  Deadline February 13, 2017.

Scholarships for students of families that have served or are currently serving in the United States military.  Amount varies.  Click here to see the list of scholarships.  Some Deadlines are based on previous year and may be subject to change.  This list was provided by our Air Force recruiter and none of the links are connected.  Deadline: Varies

Cancer Unwrapped (formerly Gilda's Club Seattle).  Several $1000 scholarships.  Application and essay.  For Washington State high school students who have survived cancer or watched a loved one or friend deal with cancer.  The goal of this scholarship is to open a dialogue with teens about the emotions they have felt when dealing with cancer.  http://cancerpathways.org/cancer-unwrapped/  Deadline: March 12, 2017.  

Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ).  American Justice Essay and Video Scholarships.  (2)$2000.  Application with essay or video option.  Deadline: March 17, 2017.  For more information, visit https://www.washingtonjustice.org/Scholarship  

Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ).  Past Presidents’ Scholarship.  (2)$2000.  Winners must have a history of achievement despite having been a victim of injury or overcoming a disability, handicap, or similar challenge.  Must have need and community service. For more information, visit https://www.washingtonjustice.org/Scholarship  Deadline: March 17, 2017.

Hearthstone Housing Foundation Scholarship Fund.  $500-$5000.  Application, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.  Awards will be based on financial need and determination to accomplish academic goals.  For more information, visit www.hearthstonehousing.org.  Deadline: March 30, 2016.

Washington State School Retirees' Association.  (9) $1500 & (16) $900 x 4.  For seniors who are committed to a career in education.  For more information, visit www.wssra.org  Deadline:  March 1, 2017 

WA State Opportunity Scholarship. Up to $22,500. The WSOS supports low-and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/scholarship/overview.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship. Up to $20,000.  Provides scholarships to students who will be attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington state.  Some scholarships are renewable.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/students/leadership1000/eligibility.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Governor’s Scholarship.  Up to $20,000.  The Washington’s State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth helps young people from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree.  For more information and to apply, visit http://collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/scholarships/governors.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation.  Varies (Renewable).  The Maxwell scholarship is designed to assist outstanding students with a portion of their cost of education. Other financial aid may be applied for and received. Students must reapply to the Foundation to renew their scholarships each year they meet eligibility requirements for a total of up to four years.  Students who plan to attend accredited private colleges or universities (not state funded colleges or universities) and who are bona fide residents of Western Washington may apply for a scholarship.  For more information, visit http://www.maxwell.org/guidelines.aspx Deadline: April 28, 2017.

Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund.  $750-$3000.  Family members of active duty Army Soldiers, mobilized reservists and retirees are eligible to receive scholarships.  Also eligible are family members of Soldiers who died while on active duty.  Application packets are available online at: www.fortlewisscholarship.com   Deadline:  March 24, 2017

Sound Credit Union.  $500-$1000.  Member of Sound Credit Union and 3.0 or higher GPA.  For more information and a copy of the application, visit https://www.soundcu.com/about-us/our-community/scholarships/  Deadline: March 4, 2017

TwinStar Credit Union.  (15)$2000.  Applicant must be a member in good standing with TwinStar Credit Union.  Completed application, essay and transcript.  For more information, visit https://www.twinstarcu.com/scholarships.  Deadline:  March 31, 2017.

American Indian Endowed Scholarship.  Amount Varies.  Applicants must have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian tribe or community in Washington and plan to continue education to benefit the American Indian community in state.  Have demonstrated financial need determined by their college's financial aid office.  Be a Washington state resident.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline: March 1, 2017.

BECU Foundation Scholarships.  (25) $3000.  As a not-for-profit credit union, BECU is committed to social responsibility. As a result, scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic performance and passion for helping others. Applicants are required to submit their hours of community service, grade point average, and a recommendation. Selection is made without regard to applicant's race, color, national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, age, or physical handicap.  Eligibility: Only BECU members may apply. Accounts must be in the name of the applicant. Learn more about membership.  Applicants must be students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must be a graduating high school senior or a full-time college undergraduate.  All scholarship recipients must attend college full time. Click here for more information.  Deadline: March 31, 2017.  

Association for Learning Environments 2017 Merle Kirkley Merit Scholarship.  $3000.  The Merle Kirkley Merit Scholarship Award is a competitive merit-based scholarship program designed to provide financial support for Washington State high school students planning to obtain a post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate that their intent is to major, or obtain a certificate in, a field relating to educational facility planning and design. Fields related to educational facility design include (but are not limited to): school planning, architecture, engineering, product services and construction management.  Click here for more information and a link to the application.  Deadline: April 21, 2017. 

Zonta Internation: Young Women in Public Affairs Award.  $1000.  For women 16-19 years of age, have an active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership, volunteer leadership achievements, and knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.  Application requirements are complete official application, two letters of rec and one letter from an employer (paid or volunteer).  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.

BE the Whale Scholarship.  $1000.  For Washington State High School students.  2D original artwork.  Subject: Female Chinook Salmon.  Click here for more information and the application.  Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

CGTrader Scholarship.  (1) $1000, (2) $500.  Each semester, CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology by writing different essays on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. For the following Spring semester the topic is: “The future of technology in education”.  All information and eligibility requirements can be found here: https://www.cgtrader.com/scholarships  Deadline:  June 1, 2017.

Washington Masonic Charities.  (5) $2000.  Any public high school seniors who are residents of the State of Washington may apply.  Click here for more information and a link to the application.  Deadline: February 24, 2017.

Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund.  $750-$3000.  Family members of active duty Army Soldiers, mobilized reservists and retirees are eligible to receive scholarships.  Also eligible are family members of Soldiers who died while on active duty.  Application packets are available online at: www.fortlewisscholarship.com   Deadline:  March 23, 2017.





Each year we have the opportunity to nominate students from our school for scholarships given by specific colleges.  If you are planning to apply to any of the schools below please see Mrs. Dale in the Career Center.                                                          

The Evergreen State College                     Regional High School Counselor Award                     $900 tuition fee waiver


US Army ROTC  Click here to read a story that Cadet Tran (Class of 2016) wrote regarding his ROTC experience at UW Seattle.  


US Marine Corps ROTC

US Air Force ROTC 

US Air National Guard ROTC

US National Guard Scholarships


Scholarships are available from a variety of sources but your best source will be the financial aid office of the college you attend.  Be sure to contact them early and pay attention to deadlines. 

Never pay a company or consultant to find you a scholarship.  All scholarships that you are eligible to apply for and receive are FREE.

Websites can be a good resource when searching for scholarships. These scholarships draw from a larger pool of students and can be harder to get. Here are some frequently used links:




Western Undergraduate Exchange

College Bound Scholarship - Click here for the Presentation

Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide

Let's Get Ready Foundation http://www.letsgetready.org/Resources/Resources
Go College www.gocollege.com
College Board www.collegeboard.com/splash/
Petersons www.petersons.com
Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov
Scholarships www.scholarships.com
Career One Stop www.careeronestop.org
Native American Rights Fund http://www.narf.org/nill/resources/scholarships.htm
Financial Aid for Native American Students (FinAidFinancial Aid for Native American Students (FinAid)www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtm
Ayuda Financieria del Estudiante en Espaniol www.finaid.org/otheraid/spanish.phtml
Hispanic Scholarship Fund http://www.hsf.net/
Questbridge Scholarship http://www.questbridge.org/
Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Scholarship http://www.naacp.org/pages/naacp-scholarships

Students apply for financial aid no earlier than October of the year they plan to attend college. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Forms are available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Financial Aid Officers at any college are available and eager to assist in the financial aid process.