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Student Scholarship Opportunities

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Want to go to college, but need some help with expenses? College scholarships and grants can help you attain your education dreams!

A variety of college scholarships and grants are available to South Kitsap School District students throughout the year. Scholarships are posted in the Career Center at SKHS and online. They will be posted in order of due date and students are advised to check at least once a week for new postings. Postings are also advertised on our school's daily news show, WTV.

 Students should check out the  Washington College Grant as well as the CSS profile to help with paying for college.  

**Most scholarships require 1-3 letters of recommendation from teachers or non family member adults in your life that can speak on your behalf. This form LetterofRecommendationRequestFillable.pdf is a useful tool to help you make that request.**

Kitsap Community Foundation
*UPDATE- Due to the delay in the FAFSA process, the following need-based scholarship deadlines have been extended to March 31st, 2024: Allen & Ellen Newberg, Bill & Sandra Walgren, Maria Mercedes Mackovjak Memorial Artist, Orchard Foods, and West Sound Advanced Practice Association. 
Eighteen different scholarships are available and funded by various Kitsap community organizations and donors for Kitsap county seniors. See the brochure below detailing each scholarship with eligibility and requirements. Most scholarships, with the exception of a few, are due by February 28th, 2024. Applications are submitted through .

Paul Baumann ll SKHS Class of '73 Scholarship
Qualified applicants are South Kitsap HS seniors who plan to pursue a career in journalism, author, artist/ illustration, photography, or video production/ editing. One award is available in the amount of $1000. Completed applications must be turned into the South Kitsap HS Career Center by 2:30pm on February 29th, 2024.

American Indian Endowed Scholarship~ Washington Student Achievement Council

For Seniors with Washington state residency and who have close social and cultural ties to an American Indian community in Washington. Multiple awards are available ranging from $500- $2000 each and must go towards education that you will use to benefit the American Indian community. Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1st, 2024.

Peninsula Art League Scholarship

Seniors attending South Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, and Henderson Bay High Schools are eligible for this contest. Several awards are available in amounts totaling $12,000. You must pursue a degree in various forms of art study and submit a portfolio of your BEST 5-10 samples of your own, original work. See the links below for details and instruction. Entries are due March, 1st 2024.



2024 Summer Art Festival Poster Contest~ Peninsula Art League

Open to ALL High School students! Design a 9.5 x 11 inch vertical poster using any traditional art media that is suitable for high-resolution digital reproduction. The theme is 'Summer In Your Community'. The winning design will be used to market the annual Summer Art Festival in Gig Harbor. There is a monetary award paid directly to the artist for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Your art teacher will win some cash too! Entries are due March 1st, 2024. See Mrs. Millet in the Career Center or any SKHS Art teacher with questions.


PEMCO/ Robert J. Handy~ Washington State School Retirees' Association

Washington State seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who will pursue teaching, counseling, speech or occupational therapy, social work, or school psychology should apply for this scholarship. PEMCO provides our region (WA is divided into 8 regions) one $3,000 and one $2,000 scholarship. There are two Robert J. Handy scholarships available for $900 each and renewable for four years. Applications must be completed online by March 1st, 2024. 

Gene Forrester Memorial~ WSSRA

Washington State seniors who will attend Washington State University, pursue agricultural education, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 qualify for this scholarship. Two awards in the amount of $2k each are available. Completed applications must be submitted by March 1st, 2024. 

Vocational Grant Award~ Washington State Elks Association

For any Washington State graduating senior who will attend a two-year community college or technical school to pursue a vocation. Vocation is defined as requiring a certain amount of physical skill with technical knowledge. A few examples include but are not limited to HVAC, electrician, cosmetology or auto mechanics. Applications must be turned into your local Elks Lodge #1181 at 4131 Pine Rd. NE, Bremerton, WA 98310 no later than closing time on March 1st, 2024.


Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship~ Kelly Foundation of Washington

Open to any high school senior that will attend a 2 or 4-year college or accredited trade school in the fall of 2024. Multiple awards are available in the amount of $2500 each. Winners are chosen based on grades, high school accomplishments, personal statement, financial need and letters of recommendation. Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked by March 8th, 2024.  Application link and details are below.


WAVE~ Washington Award for Vocational Excellence

Washington State seniors who are completing a second year of a single CTE pathway and will attend a Washington State college or technical school are eligible to apply. WAVE pays up to $3,850 per year for up to two years. Applications are completed at no later than March 10th, 2024. 


Zeta Omega Omega Chapter~ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Eligible seniors from Kitsap, King, Pierce, and Thurston counties are African American, a United States Citizen, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. Multiple awards are available ranging from $500-$4000 and must be used at an accredited university, college, or technical institution. Completed applications must be emailed to by March 11th, 2024.


Horatio Alger Association~ Multiple Scholarships

A non-profit organization offering multiple scholarships nationwide to BOTH juniors and seniors who demonstrate  financial need and are dedicated to earning a bachelor's degree. Qualified students have an annual family income of $65K or less. Juniors can win an award from two different programs in the amount of $10k or $25k. For Seniors, there are multiple scholarships with multiple awards ranging from $10k- $52K. Many or for attending specific schools like Arizona State University or Boise State. The Patricia Cole Scholarship funds a degree in business or STEM. See the link below for a full list of scholarships. Apply once and be entered into every scholarship you qualify for. The deadline for submission is March 15th, 2023.


Rust Scholarship Program~ Order of the Eastern Star 

For South Kitsap School District seniors only! One award is available in an amount ranging from $500-$1000 to be used at any accredited post secondary institution. This scholarship's primary focus is students with a financial need and not merit based. Completed applications must be post marked or hand delivered by March 22nd, 2024.


Norm Manly Maritime Education~ Youth Maritime Training Association 

Washington state seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and will pursue education or training in a maritime career are eligible to apply. marine biology, marine and ocean engineering, electricians, welders,  or divers are just a few examples of potential maritime careers. Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Monday, March 25th, 2024.



Kitsap Audubon Society General Scholarship

Up to six $1000 scholarships are available to Kitsap County seniors who will pursue a 2 or 4-year degree in Environmental Studies, Forestry, Marine or Wildlife Biology, or related fields of study. Complete the application online by March 30th, 2024 AND mail requested supporting documents by March, 30th.

Young American Creative Art Contest~ VFW Auxiliary

Open to all high school students, grades 9-12. Two options for entry include 2-Dimensional AND/ OR 3-Dimensional art. If entering both contests, fill out an application for each submission. Sixteen awards are available ranging from $500-$15,000. Judging is based on originality, patriotism expressed, and design technique. Please, thoroughly read directions and tips to be sure your entry does not get disqualified. Below is a link to the pdf forms and a direct link to the scholarship website. Entries are due to the Fred Needham VFW Post 2669, 3100 Mile Hill, Port Orchard WA, 98366 by March, 31st 2024.


VFW Young American Creative Art Contest 

Natural Resources~ Green Diamond
Seniors who plan to enter fields of study that enrich Natural Resources and related industries should apply. Please see the application for the list of 29 qualified fields that include accounting, computer science, and truck driving to name a few. The number of awards and dollar amount depend on the number of applications received and relevance to the industry. The maximum award amount is $1000 and can be used for vocational, undergraduate, and graduate programs. Applications must be emailed or mailed in by March 31st, 2024.

Geological Science Scholarship~ Kitsap Mineral and Gem Society

This scholarship supports Kitsap county seniors who will pursue a bachelor's degree in the geological sciences. One award is available in an amount up to $1000. Below is a direct link to the Google Doc application. This must be completed by April 1st, 2024.


Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard 

Seniors who reside within South Kitsap School District boundaries and attend any of the SKSD high schools, or are homeschooled and affiliated with the district, are qualified to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required. 8-12 scholarships will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1000- $4500, with a past average of $2300. Completed applications must be emailed to Nichole Millet or hand delivered to the SKHS Career Center no later than 11:59pm on April 8th, 2024.


Bremerton Valley Scottish Rite

Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and who attend a public high school in Jefferson, Clallam or Kitsap county are eligible to apply. 25 scholarships will be given in the amount of $1000 each. Three letters of recommendation and a sealed, official transcript must be included in your application. Submission is by mail and it must be RECEIVED no later than April 15th, 2024. Plan for postal transit time accordingly. 


Port Orchard Lions Club

One $1500 scholarship is available to a South Kitsap senior who will continue education through a college or professional- technical school located within the state of Washington. Factors considered are community involvement, volunteerism, and financial need. Priority will be given to applicants with a GPA between 2.5- 3.5. Those with a GPA above 3.5 should still apply and are considered qualified. Completed applications are due in the SKHS Career Center by April 26th, 2024.


Hyde/ Nelson Scholarship~ South Kitsap Education Association

Open to all South Kitsap School District seniors. This application is for two separate scholarships. You must check which one you are applying for. Hyde is for those planning to pursue an academic degree. Nelson is for those planning to attend a vocational school. If awarded, the $500 scholarship will be paid directly to your post secondary institution. Return completed applications to the SKHS Career Center by 2:30pm on April 26th, 2024.


Elisabeth Bondy Civics Scholarship~ League of Women Voters of Kitsap

Seniors residing within Kitsap County are eligible to apply. You must be accepted or enrolled at a college, university, or technical school. A short application from, one letter of recommendation, and a 250-500 word response to a prompt are all that is required to apply for this $2000 scholarship. Completed applications must be emailed to no later than 5:00pm April 26th, 2024


South Kitsap Community Pride~ South Kitsap Properties

For any South Kitsap School District senior who will attend any accredited 4- year, 2- year, or technical school. This scholarship is NOT based on income or GPA. Simply video record your answer to the prompt question, fill out the application, and submit it by email to by 5pm, April 30th, 2024.  


Soroptimist International of Port Orchard

Several awards are available in various amount to any South Kitsap School District female who will pursue a post-secondary education at an accredited 2-year, 4-year, or trade school. Completed applications and attachments should be emailed in a single PDF file to by April 30th, 2024.


Herbert and Gladys Theisen Memorial~ Port Orchard Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2669

For South Kitsap High School Seniors who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and will pursue education in nursing or business. One scholarship is available in the amount of $2500. Completed applications are to be received by the scholarship committee by May 1st, 2024.


Paramount Real Estate Group

This scholarship is for SKHS seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application is free-form asking you to write your own application letter explaining who you are, your accomplishments, interests, skills, and professional goals. Factors considered in awarding this $1500 scholarship are community involvement and volunteerism. You must also write a short essay about the significance of serving others. Applications are due in the SKHS Career Center by May 1st, 2024.


Danford and Frances Moore Engineering Scholarship

One scholarship in the amount of $2000 will be awarded to a South Kitsap HS senior, or Olympic College student working toward a 4-year degree in Engineering, Water Resources, and/or Biology. A minimum G.P.A of 3.0 is required to apply. The applications must be filled out and submitted through by May 1st, 2024

Port Orchard Rotary Foundation~ General Scholarship

For any SKHS senior who will pursue a post-secondary education at a 2-year, 4-year, or technical/ vocational school. Preference is given to students with a minimum G.P.A of 3.0 or higher. Five awards are available in the amount of $2000 each. Completed applications must be received by post mail no later than May 03,2024. Applications can also be emailed by this date to .

*Emailed submissions must be in PDF format and all attachments combined into a single file. See Mrs. Millet in the Career Center for assistance, if needed.*


Grey Chevrolet Memorial Scholarship~ Port Orchard Rotary

South Kitsap High School Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who will attend a 2-year or 4-year college in the fall of 2024 are eligible to apply. Two scholarships in the amount of $4000 each are available. Completed applications must be emailed to in PDF format by May 3rd, 2024. Submission can also be made in person to the SKHS Career Center by 2:30pm on this date. 


Bob Price/ Westbay Auto Parts Technical Scholarship~ Port Orchard Rotary

For any SKHS senior planning to attend a post-secondary school after graduation. Preference is given (but not limited) to those pursuing a technical/ vocational education and those with construction or CTE courses. One award is available in the amount of $2000. Completed applications are due in the SKHS Career Center by 2:30pm on May, 3rd 2024. Applications can also be emailed to by this deadline. 


Emergency Services Vocational Scholarship~ Port Orchard Rotary

South Kitsap HS seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. This scholarship is for those pursuing education and a career in emergency services such as Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Nurse, Medical Technician, Corrections Officer, and Emergency Dispatcher etc. Three awards are available in the amount of $2000 each. Completed applications must be emailed to in a single PDF file containing all necessary documents by May 3rd, 2024. You can post mail the application as well, but make sure it's received by this date. 


Business Education/ Trade Scholarship~ South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce

South Kitsap School District Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Two scholarships in the amount of $500 each are available to those who will pursue a degree in business OR a trade at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Completed applications must be emailed to no later than 5:00pm on May 9th, 2024


Larry Harris Community Service Scholarship~ South Kitsap Chamber of Commerce

One award in the amount of $500 is available to any South Kitsap School District senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and has demonstrated a commitment to the SK community through service and volunteering. Completed applications should be emailed to by 5:00pm on May 9th, 2024.


Olympic College: Link Updated 2/28/24

If you are attending Olympic College there are several scholarships available.  Deadlines and requirements vary by offering.  Please check out:


Military Connected Youth (Various deadlines)

Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC):

Let the Army help you pay  for college! ROTC is not basic training and does not include boot camp. The number one focus is academic success. ROTC scholarships can cover either tuition and fees OR room and board. Both choices come with money for living and books and can be applied to more than 1,000 participating schools. Scholarship determination is based on achievements and grades, not financial need.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp (NROTC):

NROTC provides similar benefits as Army ROTC with the opportunity to become an officer in the Navy or Marine Corp, or earn a BSN in nursing.  See the link and PDF below for details.       


Harvard announces free tuition:
Harvard University announced recently that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $40,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid website or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

College Bound Scholarships for Middle School Students

Financial aid is available for students who are eligible to participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.

Scholarship Related Links

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