Career, College, Scholarships


FREE Chemeketa Courses for HS students, April 3-June 17

From Chemeketa: We are offering 8 FREE college classes (that includes free books too) for high school students this upcoming spring term. Classes will begin April 3rd and go through June 17th. There are prerequisite requirements for some of the courses and that is noted in the course offerings list. Students will need to meet these through our placement assessment process in order to be able to take those particular classes.

Please visit our website for more information about this opportunity where you will also find instructions on the registration process. Direct any questions to our email at or call our main line phone number at 503.399.5239.

Each class is capped at 25 students on a first come first serve basis.


  • Intro to Business
  • Intro to Poetry
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Medical Terminology 1
  • Math 105
  • Math 111
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Intro to Psychology

Link with more details HERE

Career Exploration Opportunities

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Summer Opportunities

Summer Program Links

Here is a link to a list of summer programs for students on college campuses...choices range from music, to manufacturing, technology, and many more.


Another one: Summer AI Camp: Want to learn about AI with instructors from Stanford, MIT and Carnegie Mellon University, even if you do not have any coding experience? Apply now for a scholarship for our programs, valued at over $2,000 USD.

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College Information

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FAFSA FYI for 2024-5

(From Jennifer Satalino, The College Place Director, Oregon): You may have already heard that the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is scheduled to open up on October 1, 2023 will most likely be delayed due to the US Department of Education's FAFSA Simplification process.

The absolute latest the FAFSA can open is January 1, 2024, but we've been told that FAFSA should still open up in the fall 2023. OSAC is working with the vendor who provides the ORSAA to make sure that it is updated as well.
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Local means, only NSSD or a few other schools can apply, so there will be less applicants than for state or national scholarships. Sometimes, there are a VERY small number of applicants, so consider these!

LOCAL: Youth Benefit Golf Scholarship. Due March 31. This is NOT about Golf!

LOCAL: Kelsy Oldham Memorial Scholarship, Due March 31, this is a scholarship sponsored by Willamette Valley Roadrunners and is for students who have outstanding achievements in academics, running, and leadership.

LOCAL-ISH: Maps Credit Union Scholarships, Due March 31, Several scholarships for students residing in or graduating from Polk or Marion county schools.

LOCAL: Ronald and Sara Burr Scholarship, Due March 31, Based upon: Financial need (not limited to a specific income maximum), level of interest in the fields of agriculture or education, and grades. Stayton or Silverton students ONLY.

LOCAL: Elizabeth A. Hoke Scholarship, Due April 1. Multiple participation areas, and ONLY for Silverton, Mt. Angel, and NSSD students. Areas are:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Sports
  • FFA
  • Valedictorian
  • Science

LOCAL: Charles Hecht Scholarship, Due April 1, Open to a student wishing to pursue a field in agriculture, veterinary medicine, horticulture, mechanics, or related engineering field. Form available in counseling office.

LOCAL: NSSD STUDENTS ONLY: NSEA Scholarships, Due April 3. 4 scholarships available:

  • Vocational/Trade School
  • 4-year college/university
  • Community College
  • Teacher Education

Link to forms at the end of this page, and in counseling.

LOCAL: Kevin McFadden Trades Scholarship, Due April 3, senior attending trade school/college, must have attended CTE classes in HS, 2.5 GPA. Forms in the counseling office.

LOCAL-ish: Burson-Landon Scholarship, Due April 6, High School graduates within Marion County, who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate financial need.

LOCAL: Santiam Hospital, Due April 7, for students planning to enter a health care career. Application attached and in counseling/in link below.

LOCAL: SCTC Scholarship, Due April 11. Awards determined by random drawing. Winners will be notified by mail. Parent/Guardian MUST have phone or internet/broadband with SCTC/PTC/SCS and be a member in good standing.

LOCAL: City of Lyons Scholarship, Due April 14. Current seniors living within city limits for the last 5 years. Application attached in link below.

LOCAL: Brent Strohmeyer Scholarship, Due April 15, Applicant must prove an interest in the automotive hobby or enroll in automotive classes in an institution or higher education.


more scholarships

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Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Scholarships, Due March 17, Several scholarships for student-athletes in Oregon.

Sub Pop Records Scholarship, Due March 24, $17,500 in scholarships for Oregon and Washington seniors who are involved in the creative arts or music.

CLEAR Alliance Scholarship, Due March 31, $500 for an alcohol and drug-free graduating high school student who is pursuing higher education in Oregon.

EEqual Scholarship, Due March 31, Up to $2,000 for students experiences homelessness or housing insecurity.

Jazz Education Network Scholarships, Due March 31, $1,000 - $3,000 scholarships open to high school and college students with talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education.

Foster Care to Success Scholarship, Due March 31, Up to $5,000 for students in the foster care system, renewable for up to five years.

Houzz Scholarships, Due March 31, $2,500 scholarships for students 17 years of age or older currently enrolled or plan to enroll in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, or architectural engineering programs in the U.S.

iQ Credit Union Scholarship, Due March 31, $4,000 scholarships for students that complete two essays.

Linda C Eby Scholarship, Due March 31, The goal of this scholarship is to recognize outstanding high school seniors and School Counselors in the state of Oregon. $3000 and two $1000 scholarships.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Scholarship, Due March 31, Up to $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing at trade, technical, community or 4-year colleges.

Oregon PTA Scholarship, Due March 31, for students studying towards a teaching degree.

Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, Due March 31, Up to $8,000 over six years for high school seniors with at least one parent or legal guardian who is a member of the American Federation of Teachers.

James Beard Foundation Scholarships, Due March 31, Up to $20,000 for aspiring culinary students.

Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarship, Due April 1, Several scholarships available for Oregon students who plan to study horticulture, landscape architecture or related fields.

Oregon Logging Conference Foundation Scholarship, Due April 1, Scholarship for students studying forest engineering, forestry, heavy equipment /diesel mechanics, welding or other forestry related area of study.

Oregon State Sheriff's Association Scholarship, Due April 1, $1,600 scholarship to Oregon high school seniors or current college students who intend to study law enforcement at a community college or university.

ScholarSHPE, Due April 2, $5,000 scholarships from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for Latino students interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or a related field.

OFWC Scholarships, Due April 4, Scholarships for instrumental, vocal, instrumental, art, and and essay.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships, Due April 5, $2,500 renewable scholarships for graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Trade School Scholarship, Due April 10, Five $1000 scholarships for students who plan to attend trade schools.

Oregon Association of Nurseries Scholarship, Due April 15, Several scholarships available for Oregon students who plan to study horticulture, landscape architecture or related fields.

Oregon Jaycee Scholarship, Due April 21, send via mail ONLY, 3.75 GPA, Up to $5000 scholarship!

Student View Scholarship, Due April 23. It's a scholarship, all you have to do is go to the link and fill out the survey to be entered.

alan kirby

NSSD Pathways/CTE Coordinator

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