While Reed College does not offer merit or academic scholarships, there are many outside resources that can help pay for educational expenses or reduce a student’s need to borrow. The following sites are not affiliated with Reed College but provide information about various private scholarships and links to scholarship search engines. Please beware of common scholarship scams and click here for more information on how to avoid them! You should never pay for scholarship information or applications.
If you have been awarded a financial aid package, also please be aware of how outside scholarships may affect your need-based financial aid award by reviewing our outside scholarship policy here.
Common Scholarship Search Engines
While we are not endorsing these sites, these major scholarship search engines have proven to be legitimate over the years:
By no means an exhaustive list, these are some scholarship granting organizations that have come to our attention. This list does not constitute an endorsement, so please research each scholarship carefully.
- American Chemical Society: scholarships for African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students pursuing degrees in the chemical sciences.
- ASCO Numatics: scholarship for engineering students pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines.
- Big Sun Scholarships: scholarships for student athletes.
- Boys & Girls Club of Ventura: scholarship for needy students.
- Buick Achievers: Scholarships for students majoring in Engineering/Techology or select Design/Business programs and who plan to pursue a career in automotive or related industries.
- Chafee Education and Training Grant: tuition waivers and funding to help current or former foster care youth in Oregon with postsecondary education.
- Clayfolk: scholarship for art majors in Oregon and northern California who show an exceptional interest in the field of ceramics.
- Coos County Master Gardener Association: scholarships for Coos County, OR residents who are interested in pursuing a career in a plant related field.
- Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching (COFLT): scholarships for students with an outstanding commitment to the study of a 2nd language.
- Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: grants for needy students actively working for peace and justice.
- Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Program: students pursing science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission.
- Dollars for Scholars: umbrella organization for hundreds of scholarships with local chapters.
- Elks: scholarship granting service organization with local and state chapters.
- Equity Foundation: scholarships for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in Portland/Vancouver and their children.
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships: scholarships for students planning a career in teaching and research at the college/university level.
- The Fruit Company Scholarships: scholarships for graduates of Oregon and Washington highschools and young entrepreneurs.
- Garden Club of America: scholarships for students interested in careers in gardening, landscape design, environmental issues, floral design or horticulture.
- Gates Millennium Scholars: scholarships for oustanding minority students with financial need.
- Incight: scholarships for students with physical or learning disabilities.
- Institute for Humane Studies: scholarships and internships for students interested in the principles of a free society.
- Jewish Vocational Service Scholarship: need-based scholarships for Jewish residents of Los Angeles.
- Kiwanis: scholarship granting service organization with various chapters.
- Lake Oswego Arts and Crafts League: scholarships for women art majors.
- Lions Club: scholarship granting service organization with various chapters.
- National Federation of the Blind: scholarships for students who are legally blind.
- National Society of Black Physicists: scholarships for African-American students who are majoring in Physics.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: scholarships for college sophomores majoring in math or science.
- Oregon Association of Broadcasters: scholarships for students majoring in Broadcast Journalism, Production, Management attending Oregon colleges.
- Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association: scholarships for students pursuing a career related to the construction materials industry.
- Oregon Medical Education Foundation: scholarships for Linn-Benton County highschool graduates seeking a career or degree in medicine or nursing.
- Oregon Native American Chamber: scholarship for Native American students from Oregon or Clark County, Washington.
- Oregon Nurseries Foundation: scholarships for students who are interested in horticulture.
- Oregon Scottish Rite Education Foundation: scholarships to deserving students.
- Oregon Student Aid Commission: Over 100 private scholarships for Oregon residents with one application.
- Rotary: scholarship granting service organization with local chapters.
- Sam Tepper Memorial Scholarship: scholarship for science majors at four colleges, including Reed College.
- Soroptimist: scholarship granting service organization with a focus on improving the lives of girls and women.
- Talbots Scholarship Foundation: scholarships for women pursuing a college degree later in life.
- UNCF/Merck Science scholarships: scholarships for African American students interested in pursuing science and engineering careers.
- US Bank Scholarship: scholarships for high school seniors and college undergraduates.
- Varsity Tutors Monthly Scholarship: scholarships offered to students who write the best essay in response to a monthly prompt.
- Wildlife Society Oregon Chapter Scholarships: scholarships for students pursuing a college degree in Oregon in a field that is relevant to wildlife science.
- Women in Transportation Portland Chapter Scholarship: students pursuing studies in transportation or related fields.
- Zonta Club: scholarships for junior and senior women interested in business studies.
Reed student Grants & Fellowships
For graduate fellowships, research funding, and special Reed-funded internships for current Reed students, please refer to the Reed Student Fellowships and Awards page. For other paid internships, please refer to Career Services' IRIS resources.