The Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) oversees several different scholarship and grant programs, including state, federal and privately funded financial aid programs. List of OSAC administered programs is available at www.osac.state.or.us/osac_programs.html. OSAC scholarships and grants are provided with the aim to assist students in Oregon get their post-secondary education as well as to enhance the integrity, diversity, and value of Oregon college programs.
There are hundreds of scholarships available for you whether you are a graduating Oregon high school senior or a current college student, or an older student who is returning to college.
OSAC has an electronic application form called the eAPP which you can use to apply for up to 20 scholarships at one time.
The scholarships are arranged in sections so that you can find all the scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible for. Section 1 has scholarships awarded to graduates of specific high schools. In Section 2, scholarships are listed by academic interest, career choice, and for specific students such as older students and student parents. In Section 3, you will find scholarships offered by membership organizations and employers.
You are also required to provide high school transcripts, personal statements, and for some scholarships, other information such as essays depending on the scholarships that you are applying for. The Oregon Scholarship eApp Workbook at http://www.osac.state.or.us/doc/2010-11_eApp.pdf has more information.
The eligibility requirements include: Oregon state residency; US citizenship or eligible non-citizenship; attending a US institution that meets the eligibility requirements for participating in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs; and, other scholarship specific eligibility requirements.
Oregon Opportunity Grant
This scholarship is awarded to Oregon’s most financially needy undergraduate students who wish to attend Oregon community colleges as well as four year public and private universities and colleges. Each year, thousands of students qualify for this Grant. It is available for up to 8 semesters or 12 terms. The amount of financial assistance you will receive will depend on how much you need, the school that you will attend, and the available state funding.
Eligibility requirements for the Oregon Opportunity Grant include: enrollment as an undergraduate student at an Oregon community college or four year private or public participating institution at least half time; residency of Oregon; US citizenship or eligible non-citizenship; and, financial need (your family income, asset and household size will determine this).
OSAC scholarships and Oregon Opportunity Grant provide students the opportunity fund their education.