College and Career Update

November 5, 2021

College and Career Week Success!

Thanks to all who participated in our events this week. We had a full house in the cafeteria to have dinner and listen to information about different post high-school tracks, gave away prizes during the week, and had some students admitted to PSU on the spot! We are committed to helping students to understand and prepare for whatever options they choose after high school.

Upcoming Events

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ACE Mentor Program: Architecture, Construction, or Engineering

See the information below and the full PDF attached, and link to register/learn more here:

  • Information Session November 9 from 6-7pm.
  • Application Due November 23.

Apply now for ACE Mentor Program of Oregon: The ACE program is open to juniors and seniors (and sophomores as space permits) who are interested in architecture, construction and engineering. This year we are offering two options:all virtual or a hybrid option (in-person meetings as conditions permit & virtual meetings) The program runs from January to May 2022. Students work in teams with volunteer mentors, all professionals in their fields, on an in-depth project. Great scholarship opportunities for college or the trades! Applications are due Nov. 23. See the ACE website for more information about the program and upcoming info sessions on Oct 27 and Nov. 9.

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Virtual College Fair Sunday, November 14

372 Colleges will be available, and you can filter by state, major, private/public, size, etc. This is the last virtual college fair this fall, so if you are looking to explore all kids of options (nationally AND globally) check out this link. There are also live sessions with the schools you can attend.

Eastern Oregon University SHS Visit, November 19, 10:30am

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GARMIN in Salem: Job Opportunity for Seniors, Thursday November 18, 10:30am

Garmin will be here to talk about a new work opportunity for Seniors. This is a work-study program (juniors who might be interested for next year can come too). See the information below, I've also attached the same information in PDF. This is a great job or even start of a career opportunity!
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College/Career Night Make-Up Session: College Applications

Some of you that came to College and Career Night last week came to a session about college applications, but were stuck with me due to a miscommunication. Well, Cady Campbell from Willamette was nice enough to share her most important hints with us! Here they are:

1. Take your time and proofread, proofread, proofread.

2. Do not overlook an opportunity to clarify - take advantage of the "any additional information you'd like us to know," and COVID-19 impact sections.

3. If you think an activity you've done or a hobby that you have is silly, or that an admission officer won't care about it, it ABSOLUTELY belongs in your application. Wherever you go, you will join a community as unique as you are and we want to know what makes you, YOU!

4. Overcome writer's block by having a friend interview you about your essay topic and take notes. Sometimes talking through your thoughts can help you get organized!

5. Take. A. Break. Don't try to hammer your college application out in one sitting. Close the computer for an hour or a day, and go back to it with fresh eyes.

2022-2023 FAFSA Walkthrough Video English

A few key scholarship/Financial Aid terms...

FAFSA: The starting point for basically all financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 2022-23 FAFSA walkthrough video attached above.

Oregon Promise: Scholarship specifically for Oregon Community College, must be used the fall after graduation. If you graduate in June, the application is due just before that. Access it through the OSAC portal. Application is open:

Oregon Opportunity Grant: Automatically applied to students in Oregon based on financial need. You MUST do your FAFSA to be eligible.

OSAC Scholarships: A place you can apply for multiple scholarships in one place. I will be going through the list and doing an update about this soon. Application open, deadlines Feb 1 (earlybird), March 1 Final.

Chemeketa Scholars: Free Tuition for students with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. You must apply for this to get it, the application window is March 7-11 2021 ONLY.

College...I wish I knew (hear from students and admissions advisors). Great advice here!

College: I wish I knew...
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Upcoming Scholarship Highlights

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards: Due November 14, 3.0 GPA, 180 different awards, more information here:

Elks Scholarship, Due November 15, Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Judged locally. Application here:

GreenPal Business Scholarship, Due November 15, $1,000 scholarship for students who will be studying business, finance or economics in college and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship, Due November 18, the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Up to $55,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 3.5 GPA, income requirement (We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year's cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000).

Safe Cycling Scholarship: Due November 30, 3.0 GPA, essay, information HERE.

American Legion Department of Oregon: Oratorical Contest, Due December 1, Students give 2 orations, 1 prepared and 1 extemporaneous on an assigned topic pertaining to the Constitution of the United States of America. Awards are given at Post, District, and State level with the state winner advancing to the National level contest.

Act Six Scholarship: Due December 1, A full scholarship to George Fox University or Corban University for promising urban leaders from Portland or Salem.

Dell Scholars Program, Due December 1, Up to $20,000 for students in college readiness programs (including AVID, College Possible, GEAR UP, and Upward Bound) and have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their education.

National Honor Society Scholarship, Due December 1, Up to $25,000 for high school seniors who are members in good standing of an affiliated National Honor Society chapte

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!

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.

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

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

**OSAC scholarships: More information to come, but this is where you can apply for multiple Oregon and county or school specific scholarships at once. Early bird deadline February 15, Final Deadline March 15. Information here

*I will go through the scholarship list and help sort these in a future newsletter.