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 

Olympia High School Scholarship.  Fill out this application and be eligible for a number of local scholarships. If you only do one application, this is the one to do!  Completion puts you in the running for many school scholarships including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, memorials, etc.  Deadline:  April 28, 2017.  Pick up a copy of the application in Career Center or Click here for a copy of the application. 

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.

Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship.  $2000.  Applicant must be a former Griffin School student who attended a minimum of two years at Griffin School and is a high school senior in a public or accredited private high school in Thurston County as of September of the application school year.  Click here for more information and the application.  Deadline:  April 21, 2017.

I-5 Toyota Scholarship.  Application, essay, two letters of recommendation and resume.  Click here for more information and the application.  Deadline:  Completed applications must be turned into Mrs. Dale by 8:00 am, Monday, May 1, 2017.  

The Ultimate Bear Scholarship.  $500.  This is the Austin Kelley Memorial Scholarship who was a natural leader and a calming presence in life who bettered everyone around him through his work ethic, compassion, selflessness and kindness.  Click here for a copy of the application.  Application due to Mrs. Dale by 8:00 am on May 12, 2017.  

IAHA Scholarships:  If you would like to be nominated for one of the following scholarships, see Mrs. Dale in the Career Center or send an email to cdale@osd.wednet.edu:

               International Air & Hospitality Academy – Airline Scholarship $500

               International Air & Hospitality Academy – Hotel, Restaurant & Event Mgr. $1000

               Northwest Culinary Institute – Culinary $2000

               Northwest Renewable Energy Institute – Wind Turbine Technician $1000

               Northwest Railroad Institute – Rail Operations $1000

Todd McDougall Memorial Scholarship.  $5,000.  Must be planning to major in education.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline:  May 2, 2017.

Henry J. Melusky Mathematics Scholarship.  $1000.  Must be planning to be a Math teacher, attend a university or college within Washington State, Application, essay and two letters of recommendation.  Click here for more information and a copy of this application.  Deadline:  May 5, 2017 to Mr. Rae in Room 206 in the Mathematics Department.   


Online Scholarships 

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

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.

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. 

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.

Thurston County Democrats Evalyn Poff Memorial Scholarship.  $1000.  Application, essay, and letter of recommendation.  For more information, visit http://www.thurstondemocrats.org/evalynpoffscholarship.  

Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW).  (2) $10,000.  Washington state residents only, must be applying to any Washington state accredited community, vocational/technical college or university and can demonstrate a need for additional funding to complete a programs in a construction industry-related field of study.  Application, 3 letters of recommendation, transcript and essay.  Click here for more information and a copy of the application.  Deadline: May 5, 2017.

SPSCC Foundation Scholarships.  Amount Varies.  If you are planning to attend SPSCC next year, the Foundation Scholarship application is now available.  Apply to the college at spscc.edu/start then click on the https://spscc.academicworks.com/ to complete your scholarship application.  You will need your student ID# to sign into the application.  Application requirements are two letters of recommendation, a biographical essay, transcript, income information and FAFSA student aid report.  Deadline:  May 5, 2017.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF).  $500-$6000.  Visit www.ahlef.org to review the specific eligibility requirements for each scholarship and to access the online application.  Deadline:  May 1, 2017.  

What Makes a House a Home? Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty presents the annual scholarship essay contest.  Write a short essay (up to 500 words) on What Makes a House a Home?  This is open to all high school student.  Three prize winners with the top prize $1000.  For more information, visit www.cbolympia.com/scholarship or pick up a flyer in the bins next to the receptionist desk.  Deadline: May 7, 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.                                                          



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.