College and Career Update!

A "senior edition," December 6, 2021

SOU "Raider on the Spot" instant admissions workshop Thursday!

Thursday, December 9 from noon to 1:20 in room 501, students who have transcripts can get enrolled and admitted on the spot, with no fee! SOU is located in Ashland, Oregon, and is known for it's business, theater, education, psychology and more. Ashland is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has a strong fine arts focus in the community. Plan ahead by getting transcripts for the event if you want help enrolling with an admissions counselor, or just come to learn some information about the school during your lunch.

Want to browse some careers?

This link has pages about literally hundreds of careers, broken into 16 career clusters. Each career page will have a short video, and tell you about the average pay, training, and much more. Want to know what it takes to become a biofuel processing tech? Or, an embalmer, loan officer, or video editor? Or, maybe something more common, like a carpenter, CEO, or dentist? All of these are here.

Try before you buy....

It's certainly a thing now to buy things sight unseen....clothes, cars, technology, and basically everything else. However, when it comes to college and career choices, there is nothing like actually trying it out. For a trade, that means talking to others in that career, visiting a training center, and getting a job related to the pathway. For college, that means, when at all possible, getting on campus before committing to it. You could be spending a considerable amount of time and money at this place, and I STRONGLY recommend setting foot on campus and asking questions before you commit.

College decision day is May 1, so you have time, and I'd recommend using some time over the break to set up visits if the schools are nearby. Some even offer scholarships for those who visit and then enroll. I've sent links to lots of virtual visits and information to help, but as you get closer, try to actually go there and see what it's like.

OSAC Updates

Oregon Opportunity Grant (FAFSA completion is all it takes to apply!)
Fall Enrollment Requirement
The fall term enrollment requirement for OOG authorized students for this academic year (2021-22) will be waived. Students will not be required to attend fall term to receive OOG funds for the rest of the academic year; their award authorizations will not be revoked. About OOG

Fall and Winter HS/GED Graduates: Oregon Promise Deadline: Feb 1
Students graduating from high school (or completing a GED program) between October 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022 have until February 1, 2022 to apply for Oregon Promise. To apply, students must submit their Oregon Promise Application and their FAFSA or ORSAA by their deadline. Learn More

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WHO should fill out a FAFSA?

You should fill out the FAFSA if:

  • You are considering a trade school, community college (including trade programs), or university. Some trade schools will be able to use the Pell Grant (free FAFSA grant money), others will not.
  • You are unsure of your future plans, but are considering a trade school, community college (including trade programs), or university.
  • You are a senior in high school.
  • You like money that you don't have to pay back (the FAFSA Pell grant may be worth up to $6500)
  • You want to be eligible for the Oregon Promise grant (for community college), the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and many other scholarships.
  • You want to be eligible for "Pell plus" programs that can pay for the remainder of your tuition at places like PSU, WOU, and U of O.

What do I need to have, to fill out the FAFSA?

**LOTS more details on each of these steps here:

1. Your FSA ID

2. Your Social Security Number

3. Your Driver’s License Number (if you have one)

4. Your Federal Income Tax Return

On the 2022–23 FAFSA form, you (and your parents, if you are a dependent student) will report your 2020 income.

5. Records of your untaxed income

6. Records of Your Assets (Money)

Note: Misreporting the value of investments is a common mistake on the FAFSA form. Please carefully review what is and is not considered a student investment and parent investment to make sure you don’t over- or under-report information. You may be surprised by what can (and cannot) be excluded.

7. List of the School(s) You Are Interested in Attending

Be sure to add any college you’re considering, even if you haven’t applied or been accepted yet.

  • Even if it’s only a slight chance you’ll apply to a college, list the school on your FAFSA form. You can always remove a school later if you decide not to apply, but if you wait to add a school, you could miss out on financial aid.
  • The schools you list on your FAFSA form will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.
  • If you add a school to your FAFSA form and later decide not to apply for admission to that school, that’s OK! The school likely won’t offer you aid until you’ve been accepted anyway.
  • You can list up to 10 schools at a time on your FAFSA form. Find out what you can do when you apply to more than 10 schools.

TIP: Several states require you to list schools in a particular order to be considered for state aid. For instance, you might need to list a state school first. Find‌ out whether your state has a requirement for the order‌ in which you list schools on your FAFSA form.

WHY does Mr. Kirby talk about the FAFSA so much?

Filling out the FAFSA is the first step to complete for future educational plans. If you are unsure what you want to do, or where you want to go, it's a good idea to find out what you are eligible for. You might find that college is more affordable than you thought, but you can't know that unless you start with step one. Then, you will be able to make a more informed decision about your next step.

What if you have thousands of dollars available to get the training/education you need? This is where you can start to find out.

So far, about 20% of seniors have completed this step (see below). If you have not, make it a priority this month!

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Upcoming Scholarship Highlights

*I have checked the dates on all of these, some of the lists above (including GearUp), are not as accurate as this list.

**OSAC scholarships: See my recent newsletter for details and at least 40 scholarships to consider: Deadline is March 1 for most students.

Science Ambassador Scholarship, Due December 13, A full–tuition scholarship from Cards Against Humanity for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math who creates a three–minute video explaining a topic in STEM.

Burger King Scholarship, Due December 15. 2.5 GPA, multiple scholarships available!

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship, Due January 15. 39, $5000 awards, for students planning a career of service in the US in local, state, or federal government.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, Due December 17, $20,000 for excellence in school, on a sports team, and in the community.

Equitable Scholarship: Due December 17 OR first 10,000 applicants, up to 100 renewable $5000 scholarships (plus more).

CrazyGames Scholarship, Due December 31, $1,500 for creativity in and commitment to digital media and game development.

Make College Happen Challenge: Due December 31, Last year 10 awards were made for a total of $15,000. Students are challenged to creatively answer the question, "How do you plan to pay for college?" Entries can be in the form of a video, photo, essay, song, or poem.

#TransgenderFirst Scholarship, Due December 31, $2,500 scholarship for students who identify as transgender.

Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Scholarship: Due December 31, $1000 to students who plan to enter law enforcement or other criminal justice career field.

College is Power Scholarship, Due December 31, 150 word "essay."

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, Due January 6, $10,000 renewable scholarships, 3.0 GPA and enrolling in a 4 year university, recommendations needed.

Center for Alcohol Policy Scholarship, Due January 7, Up to $2,500 for an essay on the 21st amendment.

Pride Foundation Scholarships, Due January 7, 60 scholarships with one application to current and future leaders in the LGBTQ+ community facing significant barriers and from or studying in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Live Mas Scholarship, Due January 11, $5,000 - $25,000 from the Taco Bell Foundation for creating a 2-minute video that tells the story of your life's passion.

Terry Crews "Creative Courage" Scholarship, Due January 12, scholarship is designed to create more opportunities for struggling artists chasing their dreams. One artist will receive $20,000 to use toward their artistic development and education.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest, Due January 14, Up to $10,000 for an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Open to students in grades 9-12.

Dr. Heineman Scholarship, Due January 14, for students planning to study Psychology or Behavioral Analysis,

Coolidge Scholarship for America: Due January 19, 2022, includes all expenses paid trip to Washington DC/seminar with guest speakers, and $1000.

APIA Scholarship, Due January 26, Up to $20,000 in scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander students with a 2.7 GPA or higher who will be the first in their families to attend college.