College & Career Update

October 2, 2020


I sent this out in the last week or so, thanks to those who responded. Doing this will really help me when we meet about future plans. For those of you who have not, please do it! It will only take you 2-3 minutes.

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FAFSA OPEN! Let's do this!

Students, don't wait to fill this out with your parents. If you get stuck or have questions, ask me, I'm glad to help! Having this done soon will let you know what aid is available, and help you with planning. It should be the first step for anyone even considering going to a university, community college, or even some trade schools. If you are not sure about future plans...leave doors open by getting this done.

STEPS TO APPLY BELOW! (Information repeated from last time. Because it's still true).

1. Create Your FSA ID. For details on how, check out the video:

2. Social Security Number

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

4. 2019 tax records (*You can link to the IRS database in the FAFSA form online, in most cases., which will automatically

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. (*This does NOT count the value of a home that you live in as a primary residence).

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.

Parents! Helpful link on the process HERE!

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No pre-registration required. To join, click on the specific link you would like to join on the date and time listed.

October 6: Careers in Construction Month Kickoff

9:30 to 10 am | NAMC | Webinar Link: Nate McCoy, Executive Director of National Association of Minority Contractors

Oregon Chapter Company Profiles & Site Visits

10 to 11 am | Raimore Construction | Webinar Link:

Raimore Construction, a general contractor performing heavy civil projects, is one of the biggest minority contractors on the West Coast. For over 20 years they have employed and mentored people from the community, with roughly 70% of employees being women and/or people of color.

10 to 11 am | EC Electric | Webinar Link: EC Electric’s construction portfolio includes commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, data centers, airports, campuses, and manufacturing and processing plants. EC often collaborates with general contractors and owners early in design to minimize initial cost and maximize operational efficiency for the life of the facility.

1 to 2 pm | Power Systems West | Webinar Link: Power Systems West has been providing backup power solutions since 1955. They specialize in sales, service, and parts distribution of industrial power products, with service centers in five Western states.

1 to 2 pm | Todd Construction | Webinar Link: Signature projects across the Pacific Northwest form the portfolio of Todd Construction Inc. They were established in Roseburg in 1942 and built dozens of schools, government buildings, and businesses before migrating north to Tualatin in 1987.

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10 to 11 am | What is Apprenticeship & How to Apply | Webinar Link:

Have you heard of apprenticeship, but aren’t quite certain what it is? At this session, hear from apprenticeship coordinators in the

construction trades. They will discuss details of their training program, how to apply, and tips for a successful application.

1 to 2 pm | Day-in-a-Life of an Apprentice | Webinar Link:

Are you interested in what it is like to work on a construction site, or curious about exactly what an apprentice does? Hear from

current apprentices as they share their experiences on the job site and in an apprenticeship training program.

Willamette Career Academy Update

Here is an article from the Statesman Journal about the new CTE center that is currently in development. SHS students will have access to this facility when it is complete.

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Virtual College Fairs. Over 600 schools! Explore your options, and get your questions answered!

Over 600 colleges will offer zoom meetings and sessions. You can log in, drop in, and ask questions as if you were at the college fair in Portland (that we usually go to). -AK

You'll want to sign up now at Look around several days before each fair date.

Click below to see which colleges will be at each fair:

Each virtual fair is a free, one-day event. Attend as often as you like. Families invited, too.

Simply sign up at now and register for one or more fairs. On the event date, log in, drop in, ask questions, and pursue your college dreams.

Main page HERE:

**NACAC also offers college fairs specific to Performing and Visual Arts, STEM, and more. Main page here:

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Scholarship list update below

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams: Check out the US News and World Reports Article HERE.

Scholarship Lists:

SHS Scholarship Page HERE

Full Tuition Scholarships at Oregon Colleges: Check out the list HERE.

Scholarship Repeats from the last update

American Muscle Scholarship Program: Due October 15. $2,500 for high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study. Application/Information here:

National Young Arts Foundation: Due October 16

Available to students in the performing, literary, and visual arts. Application here:

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway: Due October 18 and includes a video submission, must be 18 by November 3 and a legal resident, information here:

Wendy's Heisman Scholarship: Due October 20, Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the 48 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. Application here:

Horatio-Alger Scholarship: Due October 26

the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Information/Application HERE:

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship: Due October 31. Patriotic Audio Essay/Speech on the topic, Is this the country the founders envisioned? Link to application HERE. Needs to be submitted to your local VFW Post. More information here:


Elks Scholarship: Due November 15. Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Education Matters Scholarship: Due November 30 Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question: "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?

Kaiser Permanente Health Career Scholarship: Link HERE. Application Due December 30 (must register by December 23).

Scholarship amounts for college-bound high school seniors in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to the most qualified applicants from across all eligible high schools. The $5,000 and $10,000 awards are split into two equal payments distributed in fall of the first and second years of college. All awards are nonrenewable.