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Oregon students may not know that there are a number of scholarships that seek to help Oregon students afford a higher education. Some of these scholarships are offered through the state of Oregon whereas others are offered the private foundations. Below is a list of special scholarships in Oregon that students may find helpful in their quest to fund their degree:
Oregon Ford Scholars Program is open to high school students and community college students who are transferring to a four year college. Students must be residents of Oregon or California in order to be eligible for this award. About 120 students every year receive an award that covers 90% of their studies. The amount of the award varies from $1,000 to $25,000. Applicants must hold a B.A. degree. Students are required to have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher. In addition, applicants must demonstrate financial need based on their FAFSA report, must show good character and leadership abilities, the ability to communicate clearly, and a concern for other people.
Oregon Opportunity Grants provides $2,100 worth of funding to eligible students. These awards are given out based on financial need. As such, students must complete the FAFSA. More information can be found here: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-opportunity-grant.aspx.
Oregon Barbers and Hairdressers Grant Program provides funding to Oregon residents who are interested in becoming a barber or hairdresser. Students pursuing a career in cosmetology or manicuring are also eligible. Students must enroll on a full-time basis. More information about these one time awards can be found here: http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/barbers-grant.aspx.
Oregon Space Grant Undergraduate Scholar Program provides grants worth $2,000 to undergraduate students in Oregon. Highest priority for these awards is given to minority students in a STEM discipline. More information is available at think link: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/.
Chaffee Education and Training Grant helps Oregon foster care children afford college. Students must have been enrolled in foster care when they were between 14 to 23 years of age. Furthermore, students must show high financial need. The amounts of the award can vary from $1,000 to $3,000 per student. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible to apply for these grants. More information is available at this site: http://oregonstudentaid.gov/chafeeetv.aspx.
Oregon Collectors Association Hasson-Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund provides three grants worth 43,000 each. The award is open to Oregon high school seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student in a post-secondary school in Oregon. Students must plan to initiate their studies with one year of the award date. In order to apply, students are required to write an essay and submit a completed application.
Beat the Odds Scholarships are open to Oregon students who have succeeded in high school by overcoming adversity. Three awards worth $2,500 are awarded each year. In order to be eligible, students must be a graduating senior from a high school in Oregon, hold at least a 3.0 grade point average, show that they have overcome some type of hardship (i.e., disability, homelessness, poverty, etc.), were in engaged in community service, and have financial need.
Author: Jeff Gitlen