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Class of 2022 - College, Life & Career - November 2021

Safeway and Albertsons Job Fair on December 4

Safeway and Albertsons will be hosting a job fair in ALL their stores on Saturday December 4th from 11 am to 3 pm. Candidates are welcome to stop by their hiring table for an on-the-spot interview. They have positions for students starting at 16 years for Courtesy Clerks and Starbucks Baristas. They offer flexible scheduling, paid time off, and education scholarship opportunities.

Career Paths Meeting the Needs of Industry - Microelectronics Technology

Community colleges are often at the forefront in offering training programs to get individuals trained and ready to work in high demand fields in one to two years and sometimes less. Microelectronics at Portland Community College is a great example of such a program. PCC enjoys a strong partnership with local semiconductor manufacturers. The job placement rate is close to 100% and starting salaries are around $55,000 per year. Check out their degree and certificate programs:

Interested? Attend an online information session to learn more about the Microelectronics Industry, the Microelectronics Technology program, and how to get your career started at https://www.pcc.edu/programs/microelectronics/info-sessions/.

College Visits at CC

Seniors and Juniors are invited attend college visits with college representatives during school.

November 14 - NACAC Virtual College Fair from 10 am to 3 pm PT

Learn, connect, ask questions, and discover a wide range of colleges and universities. Click HERE for a list of participating colleges. Sign up at virtualcollegefairs.org in advance.

Virtual Christian College Fair through November 19

Explore the comprehensive virtual college booths at any time through November 19. Interact LIVE with reps from each college 4 to 7 pm PT on these dates:

  • Wednesday, November 10
  • Thursday, November 18

Register at https://myblueprintstory.com/virtual-christian-college-fairs.

Scholarships Awarded by the College or University

Most colleges award admitted applicants automatic scholarships. The criteria for these scholarships are as varied as the institutions themselves. Many of these scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission and are based on the student's admissions application. So nothing else for you to do -- except make sure your application for admission is strong.

Check the Financial Aid and Scholarship webpage for each college on your list. Are there any additional applications needed (besides the admission application)? Are there any scholarships that fit your profile and need an additional application?

Complete a Net Price Calculator for every college on your list! Net Price Calculator's, available on every college's website, are an easy tool to use to estimate how much each college might give you in scholarship money! Search for Net Price Calculators on each college's financial aid page or search HERE.

Scholarship Searches - Where to start!


Let EVERYONE know you are looking for scholarships. Your parent, guardian or grandparent might work for a company or belong to an organization that offers scholarships to dependents or descendants; it never hurts to ask! Check out the Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, churches, foundations and other local organizations, which often offer scholarships based on a variety of factors. There is often less competition for these, since they have to be awarded locally.

  • OSAC Scholarships (OR residents) -OSAC awards more than $10 million in scholarships annually. Oregon residents planning to attend a two- or four colleges as well as trade schools will find potential scholarships HERE. The application will open in November but cannot be submitted until after first semester. You can also check out Oregon Promise - Community College Grant - HERE.
  • The WashBoard (WA residents) - Washington residents have access to a database of scholarships that might be a good fit. Create an account and start your search HERE.


There are lots of free search sites for scholarships. You should never have to pay to find or apply for scholarships. Here are some helpful sites:


Oregon Gear Up Scholarship List


It can challenging to keep track of all the different scholarship deadlines and requirements. Check out the scholarship tools including the Scholarship Tracking Worksheet developed by the University of Portland HERE.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarships

WUE is an agreement among 16 states through which 160+ public universities provide nonresident tuition savings. Students can choose from undergraduate programs outside their home state, and pay no more than 150% of the resident tuition rate.


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens. Scholarships ranging from $4000 to $50,000 are awarded based on academics, service, leadership and financial need. Learn more at enf.elks.org/MVS. Deadline: November 15.

Black United Fund of Oregon Scholarships are open to seniors who identify as Black, African-American, or of African descent. Additionally, ACCESS Scholarships are available to seniors applying to any of the following universities: Lewis & Clark, Reed College, Willamette University, Pacific University, Linfield University, Warner Pacific and University of Portland. Visit https://www.bufor.org/scholarships for details. Regular deadline: January 31.

Note: There is an "Early Action" ACCESS application process for seniors who applied early to Lewis & Clark, Reed, and Willamette. Deadline: November 30.

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Visit https://www.ushli.org/dr-juan-andrade-scholarship-for-young-hispanic-leaders/ for more information. Deadline: November 30 at 9:59 PM PT.

The National Honor Society Scholarship application is now open. Eligible senior NHS members must have a verified NHS student account in order to submit an application. Visit https://www.nhs.us/students/the-nhs-scholarship/ for details. Deadline: December 1 at 10 am PT.

Interested in aerospace, astronautics and related fields? Check out the National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar application at https://www.spaceclub.org/scholarship/index.html. Deadline: December 3.

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