Central Catholic - Find Your Path

Class of 2022 - College, Life & Career - January 2022


Earn While You Learn in a High-Wage, High-Demand Job with Apprenticeship Training

Not interested in going to college? Do you like learning in a hands-on environment while earning money at the same time? An apprenticeship might be a great training opportunity for you.

But how do you decide which apprenticeship program to pursue? Some things to consider when you are contemplating career choices are whether there will likely be job openings available once you complete your training and whether the job pays enough to support your needs. The State of Oregon Employment Department can help you.

Click HERE to view a list of jobs where paid apprenticeships are offered to help you learn the skills of the job.

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities in Oregon, visit the apprenticeship website of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. For Washington residents, visit the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries site HERE.

Job and Internship Opportunities

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Click HERE to learn more about YouthForce and fill out an application.


Senior To Do List

Check Application Portals - Early application admission decisions will be coming soon. Check your emails and application portals. You might have good news in your inbox!

Update Naviance with Admission Decisions - As you hear back from college, please update the admission decision in your "Colleges I'm applying to" list in Naviance Student.

College Applications - Do you have a January or February deadline? Make sure you submitted the Recommendation Request Form if you need letters of recommendation. Recommendations are completed in Naviance and then uploaded to colleges. You do not need to wait for them to submit your application.

Financial Aid - Check college application portals for financial aid and scholarship award information. Most colleges will post online prior to mailing award letters.

Scholarships - Get serious about looking for and applying to scholarships. We have included a list of upcoming scholarships in this newsletter for you. Also, check out the November newsletter for advice on applying for scholarships.

Keep up your grades! - We will be sending out mid-year transcripts to all Common Application colleges that require them. If you did not apply using the Common Application and need mid-year grades submitted to a college, please email collegecounselors@centralcatholichigh.org at include 'Mid-Year Transcript Request' in the Subject line. Then list the name(s) of college requiring mid-year grades in your email.

Parent/Guardian To Do List

FAFSA - If you haven't already -- Complete the FAFSA! This is required for all federal and state financial aid, federal student and parent loans, and some scholarships --including OSAC scholarships!

ORSAA - The Oregon Student Aid Application is an alternative to the FAFSA for undocumented Oregon students, including students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Do NOT complete the ORSAA if you are (1) a U.S. citizen, (2) a legal noncitizen with an Alien Registration number, or (3) an international student who is in the United States with a valid visa.

WASFA - The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is for Washington residents who are undocumented or do not qualify for federal financial aid because of their immigration status. The WASFA can also be used in limited circumstances by other select applicants who cannot or choose not to file a FAFSA. People who complete a WASFA are applying only for state aid.

CSS Profile - Some colleges require this financial aid form in addition to FAFSA. Click HERE for a list of participating colleges.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Webinars

Webinars options: FAFSA/ORSAA Line-by-Line or Finding Funds & Scholarships. There are also Drop-In Sessions for 1:1 help with FAFSA/ORSAA.

Financial Aid Webinars for Washington Residents

Sessions include: Students Loans and Award Letters

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OSAC Scholarships for Oregon residents - Early Bird Deadline: February 15

  1. Must be an Oregon resident
  2. OSAC awards more than $10 million in scholarships annually. You don't need to be a merit scholar or a student with financial need to be eligible for some of these scholarships.
  3. APPLY - HERE. You will need to wait to complete your application until you have final grades from 1st semester; however, you can complete most of the application beforehand.
  4. FAFSA/ORSAA is required to complete your OSAC application.

Early Bird Deadline - February 15 by 5 pm PST. Error-free applications will be entered into a drawing for one of several $1,000 Early Bird scholarships.

FINAL DEADLINE March 1 by 5 pm PST.



Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship - Renewable scholarship for high school seniors who have completed or are taking a computer science course in high school and plan to major in a computer related field of study. By January 25 at 1 pm PT

APIA Scholarships - Scholarships are available to underserved Asian and/or Pacific Islander students with a 2.7 GPA or higher who will be the first in their families to attend college. Due January 26 by 2 pm PT

Black United Fund of Oregon: ACCESS Scholarships - ACCESS Scholarships are available to attend Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Pacific, Reed, University of Portland, Warner Pacific and Willamette. Due: January 31

Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund - The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber would like to invite all Hispanic students residing in Oregon and Clark County Washington to Hispanic with a 3.0 GPA or higher to apply for scholarships. Click HERE to join them for a Virtual Info Session on January 12 at 5 pm PT. Due January 31

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship - Full tuition and fees as well as a stipend for students interested in serving as a Naval Reserve Officer. Due January 31

Point Foundation Scholarships - Renewable scholarship for promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential despite obstacles. Due January 23 at 9 am PT


CASA of Oregon Sister Adele Scholarship - Up to $5000 for Oregon students of farmworker families. Due February 4

Renaissance Scholars Program (RSP) - The RSP provides scholarships and support to high-achieving, low-income students who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be an Oregon resident or planning to attend a four-year college in Oregon or Illinois. Due February 1

Volunteers of America Oregon Al Forthan Scholarship - Up to $2,500 per year for high school seniors in Oregon who have been impacted by addiction and poverty. Due February 7


Portland Community College Scholarship Session - Seniors interested in attending PCC are invited to attend a session to complete the PCC Foundation Scholarship application at CC on January 27 at 2:05 pm. Please sign up in Naviance Student.

Portland Community College Preview Days - An event for high school students to participate in a brief introduction to PCC's programs and services.

February 4 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (virtual)

April 22 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (format to be determined)

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