College and Career Update

September 24, 2021

Senior Presentation: Follow Up

I appreciate having the opportunity to come and tell senor students some of the key things that they should be thinking about right now. It was a lot of information over 2 days! Attached are the slides to the presentation that I gave so that you can review it (or see if you missed).


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FAFSA Information

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1st. This form is the key to accessing federal and state grants, as well as loans and work-study opportunities. See the chart below for more details. Students may be eligible for over $6,000 per year in grants that do not have to be repaid. You can file your FAFSA HERE:

Here is a summary of 7 things you'll need before you fill out the FAFSA form:

1. Create Your FSA ID. You can do this before the FAFSA opens. For details on how, click here:

2. Social Security Number

3. Driver's license number (if you have one)

4. 2020 tax records

5. Records of your untaxed income (this may not apply)

6. Records of your assets (money). This is savings/checking account balances, value of investments, etc.

7. List of the schools you are interested in attending. List the schools you might even consider applying to, at all. They will get your FAFSA information and it is first come, first served.

Below is a video to help you as you go through the process. It may look a bit different this year, but this will give you a good idea.

LINK HERE to a PDF of the questions you will be asked online.

More about the EFC going away/changes to the FAFSA this year:

Completing the FAFSA 2021-2022

Types of "College"

College is any type of education and training beyond high school.

Types of Degrees (with details on a few you may be less familiar with)


An undergraduate credential that focuses on skills for a specific career. Some careers may also require a license.
Average time to complete: 1-2 years


  • Certificate: in programs like Auto Collision Repair Technology, Computer Information Systems, Emergency Medical Services, and more.
  • Apprenticeship: supervised and paid on-the-job training combined with classroom instruction


An additional certification, often requiring an initial licensing exam and continued education in the field.
Average time to complete: Varies. It may take more training beyond a certificate, Associate degree or Bachelor's degree.


  • License: for specific professions including hairdressers, electricians, teachers, and lawyers
  • LSW: Licensed Social Worker
  • LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist
  • RN: Registered Nurse

Associates Degree (2-3 years)

Bachelor's Degree (Typically 4-5 years)

Master's Degree (Bachelor's plus 1-2 years)

Doctoral (Bachelor's plus 2-6 years)

Types of Colleges

Community College


Career/Trade School

On-The-Job Training


More details about all of this here:

University of Oregon Virtual Visit (Juniors/Seniors)

The U of O will be having a "virtual visit" on Thursday during Eagle Time (10:30). If you want to participate, let your guide group teacher know. You can come to 501 to hear the presentation (teachers, I will make a list of who comes). Alternately, if you have a Chromebook and headphones, you could listen in your guide group class if your teacher allows you to.

You can register ahead of time so he knows who he is talking to:

Here is the zoom link for the actual meeting:

*We are setting up most college visits to be during Eagle Time this year.

Oregon Tech Application Updates

November 1 Priority Application Date

Please encourage students to apply by our November 1 Priority Date at Benefits of applying by Nov 1 include an exclusive Admitted Student Gift, Priority Admission decision, and access to submit the Oregon Tech Foundation Scholarship application in December.


We also set ourselves apart from other institutions by being test-optional. Students who do not submit scores are reviewed based upon our in-house Core Subject GPA calculation of self-reported academic information. In no way will low scores or not submitting scores penalize a student.


Oregon Tech makes it easy for students to apply by self-reporting grades. We only require a final high school transcript to be sent with the graduation date posted once the student decides to attend Oregon Tech.

Fee Waiver Code

Enter "firstyear" in the application to waive the $50 fee!

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Virtual College Tours Series (all grades)

This link/series has in-depth videos looking at 16 (and growing) colleges around the country. This might be a good resource not only if you are interested in one of these schools, but to look at some different types of schools from around the country. So far, there are schools ranging from Arizona State, to Grand Canyon, Florida Tech, Southern Utah, TCU, Rhode Island and more!

Upcoming Virtual College Fairs (11th and 12th)

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Opportunities Workbook (all grades)

I've ordered copies for you, but here is the digital version of the magazine. It will help walk you through common questions regarding post-high school choices, applications, planning, timelines, financial aid and more.

Digital magazine:


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Here is a link to the "opportunities" flyer about CTE clusters. It gives good ideas of possible career paths, and why CTE classes matter and can help students towards future goals.

"Manley" jobs (all grades)

A teacher in Sweet Home (Blake Manley) has put together some videos about local jobs that students can go into right away, without needing to go to college. They include concrete at Knife River, Fish Hatchery Tech, Logging, Logging truck driver, and more. Local businesses need good employees and can often give you high-paying opportunities right away! *The first 3 students and 1 staff to email me the words "the future is bright" win a candy bar of choice!*

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Upcoming Scholarship Calendar

QuestBridge National College Match: Due September 30, Full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges for outstanding low-income high school seniors.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship, Due September 30, $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing at trade, technical, community or 4-year colleges.

Be Bold Scholarship: Due September 30, The $25,000 "Be Bold" Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile. It takes less than 2 minutes to apply. To us, boldest does not mean "best", or "most accomplished". Being bold means being: A) Earnest B) Determined C) Moving. The scholarship will be awarded to the student whose profile is most bold, according to these characteristics.

Nitro Scholarship - $2,000 - 12 Awards Deadline: September 30, Applications can be found by going to:

Casey Family Programs Continuing Job Education and Training Scholarship, Due October 1, Scholarships for students who have received foster care, guardianship or adoption services from Casey Family Programs.

AES Engineering Scholarship, Due October 4, $500 scholarship open to high school seniors and current college students who submit a short essay.

The Skanner Foundation Scholarship, Due October 8, up to $3,000 for a student with a 2.5 GPA who has completed at least 20 hours of community service in the last year.

National Young Arts Foundation Scholarship, Due October 15, Up to $50,000 for young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship, Due October 15, $1,000 scholarships for underrepresented students with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to study a STEM field.

Horatio Alger Scholarship: Due October 25, $10,000 - $25,000 scholarship for students who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

VFW Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest, Due October 31. 2021 theme: America: Where do we go from here? Multiple scholarships.

#WeBelongInCollege Scholarship, Due October 31, Up to $2,500 from Get Schooled for creating a short video of your story of struggle and perseverance.

Coca-Cola Scholars, Due October 31, Up to $20,000 renewable scholarship for students who are committed to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

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