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Paying for college tuition, related costs and simple living expenses is an expensive proposition. Fortunately, there are many out there who believe in the power of education. They’ve created programs and foundations for the sole purpose of helping deserving students obtain a college degree. While some scholarships contribute a few hundred dollars, others may offer several thousand.

Here is a list of some scholarship opportunities.

Washington State Opportunity Scholars: Through the support of industries and philanthropic individuals, this program helps low and middle-income students prepare for and fill job opportunities that are in high demand.  Those are primarily in health care and STEM opportunities that transition students from college to career. With one of the fastest growing state economies in the nation, employers are finding difficulty filling positions in health care and STEM careers.

Gates Millennium Scholarships: Bill and Melinda Gates founded this scholarship fund with $1 billion of funding. It focuses on giving opportunities to select academically talented but economically deprived minority students who undertake a wide range of studies at the University of Washington. These scholarships are renewable. Certain graduate students are also considered.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship: This program awards scholarships to selected high school seniors who intend on enrolling in a college or university in the state of Washington. The scholarship is in the amount of up to $5,000, and it’s renewable. These scholars also receive other financial aid and networking mentoring opportunities with donors in order to assure that they graduate with an undergraduate degree.

CCD Law Scholarship: CCD Law offers a $500 non-renewable scholarship that is exclusive to Washington high school students. High school students who live in Washington and will be attending college beginning with the fall semester are eligible to apply. You apply for the scholarship on the CCD Law website,

Gonzaga University scholarships: A first-year merit scholarship from Gonzaga will range from between $9,000 to $22,000 annually. They’re guaranteed for four years too, so long as the recipient remains a full-time student in good academic standing. Scholarships of between $1,000 per year and full tuition are also available through the following entities: Dauna Leigh Bauer Scholarships, Daniel J. Brajcich Scholarship, Joseph M. Cataldo S.J. Scholarships, Gonzaga Leaders Scholarship, Charlotte Y. Martin Scholarships and Act Six Scholarship. Eight new Act Six Scholars are starting at Gonzaga this semester.

Grant funding is available for students who exhibit financial need along with academic merit. They also have a scholarship portal with links to hundreds of other scholarships.

Eastern Washington University: Incoming freshmen are eligible to apply for scholarships based on their state of residency, financial need and past academic performance.

Ames scholarships are focused on financial assistance for students of color.

The amounts of the scholarships vary, and they’re renewable upon the recipients meeting a minimum specified grade point average. For incoming students, five distinguished scholar full-tuition awards are given.

A Trustees’ Scholar can be awarded up to $26,000, while a President’s Scholar might be awarded $25,000. Dean’s Scholars are awarded up to $22,000. Academic Scholar awards of up to $7,500 are available, and three $2,000 National Merit Scholarships are available.