Scholarship Opportunities (Seniors)

Obtaining a scholarship can help ease the burden of a college education.  There are many different scholarships available with varying requirements, deadlines and financial assistance.  Some scholarships are available to students across the state or even nationwide, others are only available to local students.  Please see the information below for more details.
State and National Scholarships
State and National Scholarships can be very competitive as students in the entire state or country are competing for available funds.  However, there are thousands of them available with varying criteria (including lots of opportunities for all grade levels) and many of them offer large financial awards.  Students are encouraged to apply to the ones that best match their profile.  They can search for scholarships by utilizing free state and national search programs that help match them with scholarships that fit their profile.  Some suggested scholarship search programs are listed below.

For Washington students, this FREE service connects students to Washington scholarship providers of all types.  Students can plan to attend college in Washington State or out.  The site is spam-free and will not sell your information.

Washington State School Retirees Association Scholarship
Senior Students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who plan to have a career in the "field of education". There are over 26 different scholarships available ranging from $900 to $2,500. 
- there are 8 WSSSR- Foundation Scholarships ( $2,500) and 16 Robert J. Handy Scholarships ($900) awarded to students whose degree would be in one of these areas: teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist.
- there are 2 Gene Forrester Memorial Scholarships ($2,000)  to be awarded to a student who will major in Agricultural Education at Washington State University.
To apply visit and look under the Foundation tab.

National Merit Scholarships

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Please open each of these hyperlinks to access individual scholarships, sorted by interest category, by


Local Scholarships 
Local scholarships are not as competitive as national scholarships as students are only competing against other South Whidbey High School or Island County students. Each year, we prepare a listing of scholarships which can be found at the link below. Check this site frequently for updated information.

Some local scholarships will instruct you to use the General Scholarship Application.  The General Scholarship Application is to be used only for scholarships that do not have their own application.  Use Internet Explorer or Chrome browsers to access and fill out the General Scholarship Application form.  

* Check back in February for a list of our local community scholarships.

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