C&CC December Newsletter

What's going on this month?

Seniors, have you completed your FAFSA or ORSAA?

Do you need help submitting your financial aid application? Do you understand what your completed report means? Want some help? Come to the College & Career Center today.



Come check your status in the C&CC today!

*Don't Forget: It takes TWO people to sign a FAFSA. If only one person submits, it will be rejected. Both a parent and a student are REQUIRED.

SENIOR FAFSA COMPLETION to date: 32% or 119/374

Time to do that OSAC Scholarship, Seniors!

Seniors, it is time to do your OSAC Scholarship.

From this list of 600+ scholarships, you can apply to 40 with one online form.

If you'd like to see the scholarship list, go here.

The application will require:

  • 4 personal statements
  • your transcript upload
  • an activities chart
  • your list of selected scholarships

Due Date: March 1

*Remember, this website is also where you will complete the Oregon Promise. You will use the same log in to do so.

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ASVAB Career Exploration Program

Are you still trying to figure out what you want to do after high school? Juniors and Seniors can take the ASVAB test to help them realize what career is a good fit for them. It's the best career placement test available. It's free, it's private, and it's a tool they can use for 2 years! Sign up today, limited seating. December 3rd, 2021 at 11:45 am OR February 10th, 2022, at 12:45 pm. SBHS library.

Ford Family Foundation Scholarship

Seniors, have you checked out the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship? Due date: March 1


  • Supports students who have significant financial barriers to college
  • Award amount is calculated on college cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships
  • In addition to a generous financial award, Scholars receive academic guidance, leadership development, personal and professional support, and access to the Ford Family alumni network
  • Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study

The Ford Family Foundation's goal is to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree.

Using Schoolinks to apply to colleges

Seniors, you will be asked, at some point, to provide an official transcript to the colleges you're applying to. You will need to follow one of these tip sheets to have it sent, via parchment, within your Schoolinks account.

Apply to colleges using Schoolinks and school specific applications

Apply to colleges using Schoolinks with the Common App

Need help learning how to use Schoolinks? Come see us!

Students log in using their school gmail account and their SBHS student ID# for their password.

Oregon Promise is OPEN

Get FREE help paying for tuition at an Oregon Community College!
Seniors, go to: app.oregonstudentaid.gov to create your user name and password.

Save this log in information because you will use it again for the OSAC scholarship.

· The deadline for the Oregon Promise is June 1.

· The deadline for the OSAC scholarship is March 1.

When completing the Oregon Promise, you will be asked to agree to have your GPA verified by SBHS from your transcript. Say YES so we can confirm your eligibility.

  • You must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA by the end of the school year.
  • You are also required to do the FAFSA or ORSAA to be eligible for FREE Oregon Promise funds to be used at a community college in Oregon.

December College Spotlight #1

Southern Oregon University

Location: Ashland, OR

Number of Students: 3000 undergraduate

Deadline to Apply: Feb. 15 (to be eligible for scholarships) Scholarship Application

Well-Known Majors: Business, Psychology, Drama, Physical Education, Criminal Justice, Biology SOU Majors

Online Application: https://sou.edu/admissions/apply/

Admissions Rep: Erin Evans evanse1@sou.edu

December College Spotlight #2

Central Oregon Community College

Location: Bend, OR

Number of Students: 13,700

Deadline to apply: Fall 2022

Well-Known Majors: See list here

Online Application: Apply here

Admissions Rep: Kayleen Schweitzer kschweitzer@cocc.edu

Interesting fact: COCC has a residence hall, one of only 3 CCs in Oregon to offer housing.

What is a Brag Sheet?

Whether it is called a brag sheet, activities chart or resume, all students should be keeping a list of the things in which they are involved over the course of their high school years. This is "YOU on paper."

All scholarships, many college applications and future employment will want to know how you have spent your time.

Here is an article to read about how to get a brag sheet started, a link to a copy of an activities chart or consider using free Resume Builder to create yours.

All these options will help students prepare for future opportunities.

PCC Scholarships are OPEN!

If you are considering attending PCC next year, NOW is the time to apply for their scholarship opportunities. Below are two great options, and there are more on the PCC Scholarship page.

PCC Foundation Scholarship: Available Nov. 1-Feb. 1. Students must apply to PCC, have a student ID# and access to the MyPCC portal to submit their Foundation scholarship. Don't procrastinate and miss this opportunity

PCC Future Connect Scholarship: Available Nov. 1-March 1.

CollegeBoard's Big Future-What is it?

BigFuture™ is evolving as a personalized guide to help students do the following:

  • Explore careers
  • Plan for college
  • Pay for college

In the coming months, the user experience will have a new look and feel, which will make it easier for students to find BigFuture’s tools to search for colleges and scholarships.

December's Military Lunches

Wed., Dec. 1-Coast Guard

Interested in the Coast Guard and Search and Rescue careers? Need a way to pay for college? Learn more with our Coast Guard guest speaker. Meet in the conference room next to the College & Career Center.

Wed., Dec. 15- Army

Learn how joining the Army can help you achieve your medical career goals.

Sign up here and join us for free lunch and conversation about your future.

US Marines Family Scholarship

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation awards need-based scholarships to the children of Marines attending accredited colleges, community colleges, and career technical education programs. It’s the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military families, and their mission is to provide scholarship support to every eligible child of a Marine. The scholarship application for the 2022-23 academic year opens on January 1, 2022, and will close on March 1, 2022. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit mcsf.org/apply. Email Scholarship@mcsf.org with questions, or call 866-496-5462.

More Scholarships to Consider

Jiffy Lube What Drives You Scholarship-due March 14- open to all grades in high school

Dell Scholars - due Dec. 1

Dreamers Scholarship-due Feb. 22

Student Athletes-NCAA Clearinghouse Timeline

See how you should be planning your high school years to meet NCAA requirements.
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Career Coaching

I love my job! Helping students to learn about the steps to prepare for careers is energizing. Whether it is looking into a career in the medical field and college is the path to get there, or looking into a career in construction and how to find the best apprenticeship is rewarding for both the student and me. I can connect a student with a mentor to talk to. We meet virtually so they can ask questions, learn about their career path, and connect to the community members that may lead to job shadowing or internships. Students simply need to come into the College & Career Center to speak to me (LindaLee Frazier) so we can get started on career exploration.
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College & Career Center

We help students (and their parents) with the process of preparing for college or career training.

Patricia Neuenschwander- College Coordinator neuenschwander@gresham.k12.or.us

LindaLee Frazier- Career Coordinator- frazier2@gresham.k12.or.us