Financial Aid

Private Scholarships

In addition to Willamette scholarships, you may be eligible for one or more private scholarships - administered by outside organizations (i.e., those not affiliated with Willamette University). A good place to get starting in identifying private scholarship you might qualify for is review the list of private scholarships that Willamette students have qualified for in the past or visit our scholarship search page.  

Some other helpful hints for the scholarship search process include:  

  • Begin your scholarship search in the fall of your senior year.
    There is a lot of work involved in making an application that gets results! Don't put this off until it is too late to do it well.
  • Get involved! Activities and community service are important.
    Sure it helps to be a straight A student, but what scholarship committees really look for is an involved student who demonstrates leadership and an interest in helping others.
  • Keep a notebook with a section for each scholarship.
    Assemble activity lists, essays, recommendations and applications. Be sure every application is complete and answers the questions asked. Tailor your essays for that specific application.
  • Arrange applications by deadline.
    Late applications do not get considered. Know when the deadline is, and be sure to mail your complete application in plenty of time.
  • Request recommendations early in the process.
    If recommendations are to be mailed separately, provide a stamped, addressed envelope, with the deadline clearly indicated.

Apply, apply, apply... Persistence will pay off!