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Student Scholarship Opportunities

Career Center 360.874-5684

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.**


Voices of Democracy~ Veterans of Foreign Wars

Open to all high school students, grades 9-12. Answer the question, "What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?" in written essay form AND record a 3-5 min. audio essay on a flash drive. This is a national scholarship with over $171,000 in awards, the top scholarship being $35,000. See the fillable pdf and/or the direct link to the scholarship website. Entries are due October 31st, 2023.


VFW Voices of Democracy

Most Valuable Student Contest~ The Elks National Foundation

Seniors are eligible to apply online and are NOT required to have an affiliated family member. Make sure to choose Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 as your sponsoring lodge. The ENF awards 500 four-year scholarships ranging from $1000- $7500 per year based on academics, leadership, and financial need. Applications must be submitted online by November 13th, 2023 

Patriots of the American Revolution H.S. Essay Contest~ Elizabeth Ellington DAR Chapter

Open to all high school students, grades 9-12. The selected essay of 800-1200 words will win $50 and be entered into the state contest with the potential of winning another cash prize. See the link below for topic prompt details and format information. Completed essays must be emailed to Amy Brooks by December 4th, 2023.


Legacy Awards~ The Elks National Foundation

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a dues-paying Elk member. The Legacy Award provides up to 350 national awards of $4000 each. Please apply online at the link below by February 5th, 2024.  

 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 

Olympic College:

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

*These links are provided for informational purposes only. It does not imply endorsement of any particular site. Parents/students should be aware that their personal information might be shared by some websites for commercial purposes.