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Dawn Haak, College Adviser

College planning choices are some of the most important decisions our high school students will have to make in the coming years. The "where," "when," "how," "why," and "if" are all things that need to be addressed.  I've gathered some links and resources that I have found helpful in answering students' and parents' questions about college, scholarships, pre-college testing, and financial aid.  You can also reference the right sidebar for dates of upcoming tests at our school and college representative visits.

I encourage you to contact me at the high school with any questions about college planning, testing, or scholarships.  I'm here to help!


This list shows scholarships that are currently accepting applications. New listings will be in the daily announcements.  In general, more national scholarships are available starting in the Fall and more local and regional scholarships become available in January-May.  (They do not need as long of a selection time.)  Remember to read all qualifications carefully so you don't waste time on scholarships you are not eligible for!

      • US Citizen and Yakima County Resident
      • High School Senior or current college student
      • Planning to pursue or currengly pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree at an accredited college

      Financial Need: 50%
      Academics: 25%
      Resume: 25% (Community Service, Extracurricular Activity and Employment)
      Essay: (15%) in round two scoring

    • Recipients will receive an award of either $7,500 per year for a 4-year college or $3,500 per year for a 2-year college.  All scholarships may be renewed for additional years if requirements are met.

      Yakima Rotary Trust has distributed over 5.4 million dollars in scholarships to over 301 students since the program began in 2010.



  • Category: Scholarship (Local/Area)
  • Due Date: 2/22/2023
  • Amount: $7,500
    • The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry. Our mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities. WAEF scholarships assist college bound students raised in tree fruit districts attend college.

      • Many of the scholarships are for students with family in the Tree Fruit industry or planning to enter the tree fruit industry, however some are open to all students.  Students fill out a single application to be considered for all scholarships for which they are qualified.
      • In addition, WAEF is adding a special scholarship application for students pursuing Trade/Technical school or community college.  If this describes you, WAEF recommends filling out BOTH applications.
    • Awards vary from $500 to several thousand dollars.  125+ Yakima County students received awards in 2021-22.


  • Category: Scholarship (WA)
  • Due Date: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
      • Graduating in 2023
      • Parent is a customer of Northwest Farm Credit Services or an employee of a customer.
        • Grandparent is not acceptable.
      • Plan to attend college within the next year
      • All majors are acceptable, however preference will be given to agriculture-related fields of study
      • Scholarship winners will be selected based on:
        • Grades - 10 points
        • Leadership - 35 points
        • Extracurricular activities - 35 points
        • Personal essay - 20 points
    • 32 awards of $2,000 will be given to high school seniors in the Pacific Northwest.


  • Category: Scholarship (Northwest Region)
  • Due Date: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
    • Must be a male high school senior planning to attend a 4 year college or university.

    • $50,000 will be distributed in $500 or $1,000 scholarships to the top applicants.


  • Category: Scholarship (National)
  • Due Date: 4/3/2023
  • Amount: $500- $1,000
    •  Each year, every high school in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington (public and private)are given five $1000 tuition scholarships to award to graduating students headed to one of the participating career colleges.

      The most common participating college our students attend is Perry Technical Institute.

      A full list can be seen here:

    • $1,000 one time to up to 5 SCHS Students.

    • If you are planning to attend a participating college, see your counselor to be nominated for this scholarship.

  • Category: Scholarship (Northwest Region)
  • Due Date: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Going Merry is a free scholarship search service that uses your personal information to help direct you to scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.

  • Connect to Washington scholarship providers...for FREE!  Making a profile on this site will show you scholarship listings that you are eligible for and help you submit applications for them.  

  • This article also describes a few things to look for when applying for scholarships to make sure you are not tricked by a scholarship scam. 

  • The SAT is required for admission by some colleges.  Tests are offered about 6 times per school year at various High Schools in the area.  You will need to register and pay online.  In addition, SCHS often offers a School Day SAT option in late April of each year.   Details for how to register for the SAT school day will be made available to students in March of each year.

  • Here you can register for the ACT, required by some colleges for admission.  The ACT is not currently offered at SCHS but there are numerous schools in the area that offer several ACT testing dates throughout the school year and early summer.

Financial Aid
  • Produced in partnership with NerdWallet, Great Advice for Parents is a free e-guide that offers timely advice on what students and their families should know leading up to and during the college enrollment process. Experts who have “been there, done that” weigh in with strategies to ensure both teens and parents are ready for open conversations about all things finance, helping students and parents be financially prepared for college expenses.

  • Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the first step in applying for financial aid each year you attend college.  The FAFSA can be filled out after October 1st of your senior year.  The following videos are a good resource to familiarize yourself with the process of applying and what to expect.

College Planning and Testing Events