College and Career Update

June 8, 2021: SUMMER EDITION

Have a great summer!

This is the last update/newsletter for the year, and I hope that you have found the information useful throughout the year. Class of 2022, I encourage you STRONGLY to read these when I send them next year...I answer many senior questions about scholarships, financial aid, trades, jobs, colleges, and more. You'll also be hearing about the return of Stayton Outbound trips for ALL SHS students next year! As always, let me know if you have questions as you go (except maybe in July). :) I hope you have a great summer! -Mr. Kirby

Local Job Opportunities

As always: Not an inclusive list! Many local businesses are hiring, if you want to work there and are not sure if they are...just go ask!

Elusive Trailers
in town is hiring! They build small RV/Trailers from the ground up. 16 or older, no experience needed! Visit

Mountain Top Concrete: Looking to hire a few strong people that may be interested in learning a trade, can teach w/o experience but must have good work ethic, Concrete and framing work, $18-$22 hr. Contact: Shane Johnson, 503-480-6880

NSSD: Summer Tutoring and Office Help, for current NSSD HS students only, multiple positions and locations! Help out with summer school programs with younger students!

Stayton Veterinary Hospital: CVT and Vet Assistant. Experience is a plus but we are willing to train the right person: Full time. Competitive wages and benefits.

A & W is hiring! See them for details! Phone: (503) 769-6450

Lulay Timber: Summer, Full time in the logging industry, $18 per hour. You can advance in pay quickly as well. Call 503-394-2457. 18 and over. Just call and schedule to fill out an application!

McDonald's of Stayton: Hiring for multiple shifts. Phone: (503) 769-4552

Focus Heating and Cooling: HVAC install helper. NEW and RARE opportunity for 16 and over to work in this field for summer work. $15 per hour, go to the link to apply: (Update: Position FILLED by an SHS student)

Oregon Garden Resort: Multiple positions in food service and hotel,

Taco Bell in Stayton: Hiring multiple positions,

Modern Building Systems: Multiple Positions. Construction work, but mostly indoors right down the road in Aumsville. Modern is looking for motivated people to learn construction. If you are interested in this position, please also let Mr. Kirby know (this can help get you hired!)

Request for students: Service and Volunteer Opportunities

Heart of the Canyon Benefit Auction

August 28: Raising $ for wildfire victims-proceeds will go to the wildfire relief fund. It will be held at Historic Heater Farm, Siegmund Rd SE, Stayton. We will provide transportation to and from. Jobs will be mainly helping with food to tables, and bussing tables, delivering winning items, etc. We will provide pizza dinner for all students. Would be cool for them to wear their jerseys, anything that identifies them. We are expecting up to 300 people to attend. Time:
5:30-11. Need is about 20 students.

Stayton Area Rotary Reds, Whites and Brews

Many of your shs students have assisted in this event in the past. September 18 at Santiam Golf Course. Proceeds go to scholarships for local seniors. Duties, greeting, selling raffle tickets, and 50/50 tickets, bussing tables, helping with the silent auction and delivering winning items.. We will need only about 15 for this event. time:

Contact: Karen Andall

Santiam Hospital Junior Volunteer

  • Junior volunteers must be between 14 and 21 years of age, and available to serve at least two hours per week during the school year and four hours per week during the summer months.
  • Shifts are Sunday through Saturday evenings from 5:00–7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10:00 am–12:00 pm. There may be occasional Monday through Friday morning times available.

Nationwide Summer Virtual College Fair

Join our free virtual college fair for the United States this summer! This fair is scheduled for June 21st-26th, students can register now! The students can log in any time during the week and get information from many colleges. There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps during the week. The students must go to to the students tab to register ASAP. This service is completely free and we would love to have your school and students join. Please have your students register as soon as possible if they would like to participate. This is a great Summer resource. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything. Every student that registers is entered to win a $300 scholarship.

Learn More:

Student Registration:

University of Oregon Summer SAIL Program

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College Board opportunity Scholarships and Summer Reminders (Juniors)

College Board Opportunity Scholarships Here are some reminders and resources:

Summer Action Steps for Juniors

Build Your College List

Last Call!
The Build Your College List step closes at the end of June. This step must be completed by the end of June for students to stay on track for a chance at the $40,000 Complete Your Journey Scholarship. To ensure your students qualify, make sure they have at least six schools on their college list on BigFuture™.

Practice for the SAT

Open Through October
Ensure your students have linked their College Board and Khan Academy® accounts. Encourage students to complete at least one Timed Mini Section (if they already have a PSAT/NMSQT® or SAT score) or one Diagnostic Quiz (if they don't yet have a score) on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to be eligible for a $500 scholarship.

Coming This Summer: New Scholarship Steps

Two scholarship steps will open for students this summer.

Explore Scholarships: Find scholarships and other aid to help them pay for college.

Strengthen Your College List: Make sure their college lists have a mix of safety, match, and reach schools.

Reference your digital Pledge Kit for Counselors and the educator resources page for tools and curated content to spread the word and motivate students as they complete the steps.

Scholarship List (not just for the class of 2021!) Summer Deadlines through August.

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship, Due June 12, $1,000 scholarship available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all college students for an essay on educational career and life goals.

AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarships, Due June 15, $2,000 for high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study.

AmericanTrucks Scholarship, Due June 15, $2,000 for students studying the traditional building trades (e.g. carpentry, HVAC, electrical or related fields of study).

Mahin and Saifulla Salemy High School Scientific Scholarship, Due June 30, $1,000 scholarship to one high school senior in Oregon who has been accepted to and will attend college (either 4-year or community), anywhere in the United States and has an interest in the sciences.

Oregon Beta Gentlemen Scholarship: Incoming Oregon State University males, $5000 scholarship, Due September 22. Information HERE.

Navigate Your Future Scholarship, Due June 25, $2,500 scholarship offered to a high school graduate continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship, Due July 31, $1,000 merit-based scholarship for 9th-12th grade and college students for answering a short essay.

Digital Privacy Scholarship: Due June 30, You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about digital privacy. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about digital privacy.

No Essay "you deserve it" scholarship from Scholarship Owl (they will email you stuff). It's basically a lottery scholarship, but here you go!

More Summer Scholarships to consider:

06/30/2021Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship for a short essay on the impact of cyberbullying.

06/30/2021Unigo Scholarships

$1,500 - $10,000 scholarship for students over the age of 13 by answering a short essay question each month.

06/30/2021Against the Grain Scholarships

Scholarships for Asian-American students who are artists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and leaders.

06/30/2021OppU Achievers Scholarship

$2,500 scholarship for students with a 3.0 GPA who write a short essay.

07/30/2021Bachus & Schanker Scholarship

$2,000 scholarship for high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who write a short essay.

07/31/2021Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

$1,000 merit-based scholarship for 9th-12th grade and college students for answering a short essay.

07/31/2021The Dream is Inclusive Scholarship

$1,500 scholarship from On Q Financial.

08/01/2021Redfin Scholarship

$2,500 scholarship for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher and a short essay.

08/01/2021Straight North STEM Scholarship

$1,000 for undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a STEM field of study, and attending an accredited college or university.

08/31/2021College is Power Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship open to students age 17 and older who are currently in college or plan to start college within the next 12 months.

09/10/2021Cameron Impact Scholarship

Full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships good for four years to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

9/15/21 Beat The Odds Scholarship, see attached flyer below!

9/28/21 National College Match: Top 5-10% of graduating class, households making (generally) less than $65,000, SAT score >1280 or ACT composite score >27, A's in challenging coursework. 4 year full-ride scholarship.