Scholarship Information

The CHS College and Career Readiness Center has helped gather for you a Master List of Scholarships. The list is based off of information received from local community scholarship donors, state and national donors.


The CHS Foundation Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN: Apply by April 16th at Midnight!


CHS MASTER SCHOLARSHIP LIST (Check in Beginning Calendar Year)


Law Day Speech Scholarship Contest

Presented by the Thurston County Bar Association and the West Olympia Rotary. 


This speech contest is open to all high school students attending high school in Thurston County.  DEADLINE: You must notify the TCBA of your intent to participate in the speech contest no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 14, 2023.  Please email your intent to participate with your name, grade, school, and contact information to [email protected]

Please review the following documents:

2023 TCBA Law Day Speech Topic

2023 Tips for Law Day Speech Contest


The preliminary round will be on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (Please note change of time from 5:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at Thurston County Superior Court on the main Thurston County Courthouse campus (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia).  Please arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.

The final round will be on Tuesday, May 2, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. during a West Olympia Rotary lunch at the Viewpoint Room at Tugboat Annie's (2100 West Bay Drive NW, Olympia). 

The total prize money is $1,800.00 and will be awarded by the TCBA to the top three speeches ($800 for 1st place, $600 for 2nd place, and $400 for 3rd place) and each of the three winners will receive a plaque from the West Olympia Rotary Club. 

Please send questions to [email protected]


45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students

It is the students responsibility to double check the due date for the scholarship on the donors website. Don't wait until the last minute to apply! By the way, there are scholarships for ALL ages and grades!!


Scholarships are available from a variety of sources. Your best source as a Senior applying to a school will be the Financial Aid Office of the college you attend. Contact them early and pay attention to deadlines. Every Senior should apply for FAFSA  or WASFA (some scholarships require it).  Whether you qualify for state aid or not, the school will need your application information to deem you eligible for aid directly from their institution. Most students qualify for some sort of financial aid, but you have to apply.


Washington College Grant

This is an AMAZING program to Washington residents!!

Beginning in 2020-2021 academic year, the WA College Grant will be a GUARANTEE for eligible state residents at or below median family income (MFI), which is currently $91,766 for a family of four.


For eligible students, the maximum award will cover FULL TUITION AND FEES at public colleges and universities. Students can also use the grant at ANY of Washington's eligible private colleges & universities.  Another significant change to the state financial aid is that the WA College Grant will also serve people in registered apprenticeships.  They can use the grant to pay for tuition and required equipment.



How do you receive this WA College Grant? You MUST complete the FAFSA or WAFSA as early as possible (application opens Oct. 1st).  Click here for more information.

This is a first come first served program and you have to be enrolled through your completion of your FAFSA or WAFSA.  The FAFSA can be completed here:  FAFSA. WAFSA can be completed here: WASFA. You should NOT complete both.



College Bound Scholarship

The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge.  View more information here. Still have more questions? Then visit the website by clicking here.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Washington has one of the fastest growing state economies with more trade, health care and STEM jobs than we can fill. The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship connects our state’s leading industries with top Washington talent by reducing barriers to education and training and facilitating entry into high-demand careers for Washington students.

Our first-of-its kind public-private partnership builds pathways into high-demand careers through our Baccalaureate and Career and Technical scholarship programs. Flexible financial aid funding, coupled with student support services and industry connections helps us launch low- and middle-income Washington students into Washington jobs.


School Specific or Pathway Specific Scholarships

Check the school or pathway you plan to attend FIRST to find scholarship opportunities directly offered to students who are applying for admissions.  These should be one of your first steps to obtain funding. These dates often pass by students as they are usually due PRIOR to regular admissions deadlines (if a school has open admissions deadlines that are months prior to Fall Semester start dates).  You will find most dates will be BEFORE to May 1st.

Scholarship examples include: Presidential, Chancellor, Regent, ROTC military, PacNW Regional Council of Carpenters.


Western Undergraduate Exchange Program -  WUE & WICHE Scholarships

Out of State schools may offer a discounted tuition rate if they participate in the WUE scholarship program.  Students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools, compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates.

It is important to check the school's DEADLINE DATE as well as any requirements the school may have to obtain this award!  (FAFSA filing date deadline, GPA requirement, specific major requirement, etc..)  Check here for participating schools: WUE or WICHE.


Helpful Scholarship Tools

Information You May Need When Applying For Scholarships

  • Class rank
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • FAFSA (completed)
  • SAR (completed)
  • Volunteer activities

 Other sources for scholarship information:

CHS Foundation Scholarship Winner Information