Category Archives: Scholarship Information

January Scholarship Opportunities


Jan 2018 Scholarship List


Upcoming Test Deadlines

SAT – March 10, 2018. Register by February 9th   Register @

ACT – February 10, 2018. Register by January 12th   Register @

Important Dates

Admissions Rep from Portland Community College, January 17th, 10:15am.  Sign up in the Career Center

*Admission Reps from Clackamas Community College. February 8th & 9th. Sign up for a one-on-one meeting in the Career Center.

Done FAFSA yet??  It’s getting late!

FAFSA website:

For more info on FAFSA, see the Counseling blog on the CHS website:



December 2017 Scholarship Opportunities


December 2017 Scholarship List


Upcoming Tests:

SAT – March 10, 2018.  Register by February 9th        Register @

ACT – February 10, 2018.  Register by January 12th     Register @


  • Filed the FAFSA.** This is the most important step in the financial aid process. Go to
  • Applied for the Oregon Promise Grant. This can cover tuition at an Oregon community college for students with a 2.5+ GPA.Go to:
  • Submitted your application if you to attend a four-year college in the fall. Community College applications can be submitted now or in the spring.

**Students who are not eligible to file FAFSA should file the ORSAA, an application for financial aid from the State of Oregon.  See your Academic Counselor for details.  Go to:



November 2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Each month, we will be posting a list of scholarship opportunities available to Seniors.  See your Academic Counselor or the Career Center if you have questions or need help.

November 2017 Scholarship list


Upcoming College Visits – Sign up in the Career Center

Monday, Nov 13, 12:15pm  –  Corban College

Friday, Nov 17, 1:40pm  — Eastern Oregon University


Upcoming Test Deadlines

SAT:  March 10, 2018.  Register by February 9th.    Register @

ACT:  February 10, 2018.  Register by January 12th.     Register @


CCC FAFSA Lab – Open computer labs with free assistance to fill out your FAFSA.  Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm and 1:30-3pm.  Roger Rook Hall on the Clackamas Community College campus.  Free to any student/family; not just for CCC students.

October 2017 Scholarship Opportunities

Each month, we will be posting a list of scholarship opportunities available to Seniors.  See you Academic Counselor or the Career Center if you have questions or need help.

October 17 Scholarship List

Upcoming College Visits – Sign up in the Career Center.

10/4 – 11:20am – Grand Canyon University

10/5 – 12:30pm – Portland State University

10/9 – 12:30pm – Warner Pacific College

10/12 – 9:15am – Corban University

10/12 – 1:40pm – Pacific Lutheran University

10/17 – 9:15am – Pacific University

10/18 – 8:40am – Oregon State University

10/19 – 10:45am – Oregon Tech

10/19 – 2:00pm – University of Oregon

10/23 – 1:40pm – University of Utah

10/25 – 9:00am – Gonzaga University

10/31 – 9am – Linfield College

11/2 – 10:35am – Western Oregon University

National College Fair, Oregon Convention Center, Sunday, October 29, 2017 1pm-5pm and Monday, October 30, 2017 9am – Noon.

Upcoming Test Deadlines

Next SAT is November 4, 2017 (register by October 5th)@

Next ACT is December 9, 2017.  Register by November 3rd

Scholarship Search & Financial Aid Websites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


Scholarship Application tips

Don’t Get Scammed Looking For Scholarships

(Little ways to help win big bucks)

Scholarships are awarded to the students who can show on paper that they are the most qualified applicants. Incomplete and messy applications may be passed over in favor of neater and thoroughly completed applications. Careful preparation will increase your chances of success.

The Basics

Deadline: don’t miss it. Start early, especially if you need references or transcripts.
Follow directions exactly: Many applications are designed to check how well you follow directions. Instructions mean what they say: “In your own handwriting” (print neatly), “Typed” (printed from computer), “In the space below” (write here not on attached paper), etc.

Neatness: Print using black ink. Word process whenever possible. Most applications are available online and should be completed on a computer. Some can be scanned in, completed and then printed for a neater appearance.

Spelling and grammar: Use a dictionary and spell-check. Read it back to yourself out loud. Have a teacher or parent proofread the application.

Answer everything: Don’t leave any blanks empty (unless told to), write “none” or “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.


Choose carefully: Be sure what type of references are requested (sometimes a teacher of a specific class or an advisor of a particular club). If unspecified then give a variety of carefully chosen references. Good choices include pastor, employers, teachers, counselor, club advisor, or long-time family friend (not a peer or family member).

Attached recommendations: If letters of reference are to be included with the application:
Give the person at least 2 weeks to write the letter. You will get a better reference.
Tell them about the scholarship and what the judging criteria are. For example if it is based on leadership skills, communication skills, sportsmanship, volunteerism, etc., the person can specifically address their knowledge of you in that area.

Short Answer or Essay-type Questions

Thorough and exact: Thoroughly answer all parts of the question asked.
Length: Follow guidelines for length; more isn’t always better.
Proofread: Write a rough draft, proofread, and then copy onto the application. Concise, well-worded, neat, and grammatically correct answers will impress.

Help Yourself

Keep a file of your important information handy and updated so you don’t have to look it up each time. Jobs, clubs, awards, activities, references, etc. Save copies of applications and essays, often you can use the same thing again with minor changes. This includes papers you have written for school. Sometimes you can use an application essay to meet the requirements of a class assignment and get double benefit for the time you spend.

Oregon Promise Grant

The state is continuing the Oregon Promise program—offering new high school graduates
and GED recipients an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition
covered. Grants are for students entering a community college in Oregon in Fall 2018.

You may qualify if you:
-Graduate from an Oregon high school or complete the GED in Spring/Summer 2018
-Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
-Have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months prior to enrolling in community college

Steps to take:
-Apply for the Oregon Promise between October, 2017 and April 1, 2018, including:
Complete the Oregon Promise application Oregon Promise App

-Submit your high school transcript or GED scores

-Complete the FAFSA or its approved alternative

Once approved, Enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduating high school or completing the GED (Fall 2018)—and accept all state and federal grants

Oregon Promise Flyer

CHS Activity Chart

Seniors can use the CHS Activity Chart as a way to organize their activities and accomplishments for the Local Scholarship Applications (available March 1, 2017).

Here is a sample of a completed activity chart:  Sample Senior Activity Chart

The Activity Chart Master is a GoogleDoc.  Students can click the link & make a copy of the  to use in their own Google account.

Directions for CHS Activity Chart




Letter of Recommendation Request Form

When you ask a teacher/boss/coach, etc for a letter of recommendation, please keep the following things in mind:

– Give at least 2 weeks time to write a good letter
– Make the request in writing
– Include a resume or list of activities during high school
– You CANNOT have a relative write you a letter of recommendation

Below is a “fillable” PDF of a Letter of Recommendation Request form that you can type in & print to give to the adults who will write your recommendations. The second page is an Activities List that you can use if you don’t already have a resume or activities list.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

Senior Activity Lists

Many scholarship applications will ask you for a list of your high school activities. Different scholarships will want the information in different formats. Pay close attention to the requirements and make sure you have your information in the correct format. Here are two examples of common formats.

Sample Activity List #1

Sample Activity List #2

A list of your high school activities can also be helpful when you are requesting a letter of recommendation. Adding information about where you want to go to school and what you are planning to study would be helpful in that situation.