College & Career Update

January 8, 2021

Apprenticeship Program Applications: HVAC/R and Sheet Metal JANUARY 19-FEBRUARY 5

I'm attaching the applications below for two high wage, high-demand careers. Applications are open from January 19 to February 5. THIS IS A SHORT TIMELINE, so mark it on your calendars!

FYI: You CAN use the Pell grant (through FAFSA) to pay for apprenticeship classes, with some conditions.

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Description: You design, create, install, and repair sheet metal products. This includes roofing, gutters and siding. You will also fabricate and install fittings and ductwork used in the construction industry for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications. Apprentices start at a minimum of $16.07 per hour. Journey level wage is $29.78/hr.


HVAC/R Apprenticeship Description: HVAC/R (heating, ventilating and air conditioning and refrigeration) combines sheet metal and electrical work. You work on installation, wiring, service and repair of environmental control systems, and fabrication and installation of ductwork. Apprentices start at a minimum of $13.42 per hour, Journey level wage is $29.81/hr.


For more information on Chemeketa-sponsored apprenticeships, go here:

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Cosmetology/Summit Salon Academy Information/Video

If you are interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology, the SSA is an option to consider. Check out this video from them, that talks about the advantages of this career, which you could start in less than a year! I'll also attach a brochure with contact information.

ICYMI: Should I go to college?

Newsletter from December that has video (and actual written words) about helping you choose your future path:

FAFSA Contest Winner for December

Q. Strand wins the December FAFSA contest! He got his FAFSA done and sent me proof of completion. A box of snacks will be his!

You know what is even better than snacks? Getting college paid for! Get your FAFSA done NOW. Contact me for help!

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Chemeketa Scholars: 3.5 GPA or above? That could mean free tuition.

If you have a cumulative 3.5 or higher at the end of this quarter, you may be eligible for free tuition at Chemeketa. I will give more updates as it gets closer, but put March 8-12 on your calendar...that is the ONLY week you can submit the application for this program.


Upcoming Admissions Deadlines:


University of Oregon

University of Portland

Willamette University

University of Portland

George Fox: Priority Deadline

Pacific University: Early Action II


Eastern Oregon: Priority Deadline

OSU: Early Action II

WOU: Priority Admission


Oregon Tech: Priority Deadline

Videos on HOW TO APPLY to many of these schools (and more) can be found here!

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OSAC/Oregon Promise

OSAC Scholarships: Early Bird Deadline February 15, ALL scholarships DUE MARCH 1. If you don't know already, there are many scholarships on this list, and I outlined some of them for you here:


OREGON PROMISE: For students graduating in June, DUE JUNE 1.


Scholarship Lists

STAYTON HS List, including LOCAL scholarships HERE



College Board Opportunity Scholarship (JUNIORS)

Coolidge Scholarship (JUNIORS), Due January 15, Full-ride, four-year scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Students must apply during their junior year of high school.

Profiles in Courage Essay Contest (ALL GRADES), Due January 15, "Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917."

Senior Scholarships

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship: Due January 14, 2.7 GPA or higher,

Porch Scholarship: Due January 15, 3.4 GPA, Student must be pursuing a degree that enables you or others in your community to learn a new trade, develop skills & technology, or start a small business related to home services.

FFA Scholarships, Due January 15, Over $2 million in scholarships given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship: Due January 15, Essay contest, Each interested student is invited to write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships, due January 25, $2,500 - $10,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors with documented learning disabilities and/or ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education.

HP Community STEM scholarship, Due January 31. HP Community STEM Scholarship is a merit based competitive scholarship for underrepresented minority (URM) students pursuing a STEM degree. Students who meet the minimum criteria below are welcome to apply before the January 31, 2021 application deadline. To apply, please submit the following application form and essays, along with an updated transcript, resume and 2-3 letters of recommendation to by the January 31st, 2021 deadline.

(Application form attached below).

Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund, Due January 31: Scholarships for Hispanic students in Oregon with a 3.0 GPA or higher who will attend higher education.

Renaissance Foundation Scholarships: Due February 1, For first-generation college students with financial need/under 6000 EFC on the FAFSA, a 3.0 GPA,

Oregon Wheat Scholarship: Due February 1. Eligible applicants must:

• Be a legal dependent of a current Oregon Wheat Growers League grower member, or a legal dependent of an employee of an Oregon Wheat Growers League grower member.

• Have worked (part time) for a wheat producer member of the OWGL.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, Due February 1. Scholarship for minority students,

To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States;
  • Show leadership potential;
  • Demonstrate a dedication to community service;
  • Present evidence of financial need;
  • Be a United States citizen

Society of Women Engineers: Due February 10, The applicant must be a female high school senior planning to enroll in a four or five year ABET accredited engineering

program in the fall of 2021 with the intention of pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering. In addition, applicants must currently live and attend high school in the Willamette Valley or Central Oregon Coast.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship, Due February 15.

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students

  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2021-2022 academic year

  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)

  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

Greenfield Peach Scholarship: Due March 12, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility is excited to announce that the application for our annual Greenfield Peace Scholarship is now open! Please visit for the full prompt, guidelines, resources, and application (Spanish language versions of the guidelines and prompt are available on our website). Historically, this has been a writing scholarship open to all Oregon high school juniors and seniors. This year, though, Oregon PSR is asking young Oregonians who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and who are high school juniors or seniors, or the equivalent, to respond to the prompt by creating a work of visual art.