College & Career Update

October 16, 2020

SHS Virtual College Visits Coming Up!

Other virtual college events

There are also still two dates available from the virtual college fair:

Over 600 colleges will offer zoom meetings and sessions. You can log in, drop in, and ask questions as if you were at the college fair in Portland (that we usually go to). -AK

You'll want to sign up now at Look around several days before each fair date.

Click below to see which colleges will be at each fair:

Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Families invited, too.

Simply sign up at now and register for one or more fairs. On the event date, log in, drop in, ask questions, and pursue your college dreams.

Main page HERE:

**NACAC also offers college fairs specific to Performing and Visual Arts, STEM, and more. Main page here:


St Olaf (Northfield, MN) virtual open houses: Monday, Oct 19 5PM, Wednesday, October 21 4pm

How about Ireland? University of Limerick event, Thursday, Oct. 29, 7pm

A little closer? You can talk to a WOU Counselor and take a virtual tour at Western Oregon University.

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Opportunities Magazine

The 2020-1 "preparing for college guide and workbook" is available online this year. Therefore, I have a link for you. There is a lot of great information in this booklet, including articles on choosing the right college, planners by grade, financial aid, details about colleges in Oregon, and more. Check it, out, HERE.

ECMC Paying for College Webinar, Monday, October 21, 6:00

Register HERE:

Join us for this informative session to learn more about navigating the financial aid process! We will be covering the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) and how to search for additional FREE money to pay for college.

Students and families will also be given the opportunity to chat with a financial aid expert one-on-one!

If you have questions, please contact Jenn Satalino at

ALSO: You can view a previously recorded session:



Need help with scholarship/college essays? U of O professors can help!

WEDNESDAYS, 2:00 - 4:00 PM


University of Oregon professors from the English Department are available to edit your college essays! Get help with scholarship essays, personal statements, college applications essays and more. Must register in advance!

Interested in working in the trades?

October 30, 1:00pm

Learn about working in the trades with the PCC Swan Islands Trades Center and the nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance!

More information: Bring your questions about fields such as electrical, welding and other skilled trades. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the PCC Swan Island Trades Center facility, talk with instructors, learn about wiring, welding and virtual reality painting. Find out about apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training options and career opportunities in construction, industrial mechanics and other skilled trades.


Building Futures Magazine

Here is another publication that I would normally be giving to you about now. This magazine is all about construction trades, getting into the trades, apprenticeships, and more. You can access the newest edition HERE. There are also videos and other resources on their site, and lots of information from Oregon companies who are looking to find great people!

Junior and Senior Year Editable Checklists

Here is a sample of the checklists that you can download below. This is good information to help you organize your future plans! The PDF is editable, and with links.
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Have questions about the FAFSA?

Let me know if you have questions or need help on the FAFSA or ORSAA. I'm glad to help walk you through the process. Congrats to those of you who already have it done, you are on your way!
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Scholarship Highlights

Scholarship Lists:



Repeated from Last Newsletter

Wendy's Heisman Scholarship: Due October 20, Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the 48 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. Application here:

Horatio-Alger Scholarship: Due October 26

the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Information/Application HERE:

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship: Due October 31. Patriotic Audio Essay/Speech on the topic, Is this the country the founders envisioned? Link to application HERE. Needs to be submitted to your local VFW Post. More information here:

Elks Scholarship: Due November 15. Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Education Matters Scholarship: Due November 30 Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?

Kaiser Permanente Health Career Scholarship: Link HERE. Application Due December 30 (must register by December 23).

Scholarship amounts for college-bound high school seniors in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to the most qualified applicants from across all eligible high schools. The $5,000 and $10,000 awards are split into two equal payments distributed in fall of the first and second years of college. All awards are nonrenewable.


Coca-Cola Scholars Program: Due October 31

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Hagan Scholarship: Due November 15.

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help high-achieving students from small towns and rural areas graduate college debt-free. Recipients must: a) graduate from a public high school located in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents, or b) graduate from a remote rural school located in a county having more than 50,000 residents. Hagan Scholars from 43 states are currently enrolled at 358 colleges and universities. Five hundred more scholarships will be awarded in April 2021.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, Due January 5, $10,000 renewable.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);
  • be citizens of the United States of America;
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.


We will be having a series of activities the week of October 26 around college and career choices, financial aid, and more. Look for a newsletter with details next week!

Alan Kirby

  • NSSD Coordinator of College and Career Pathways
  • Overall Nice Guy