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Finding Fund$ for Oregon Students. Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) The state student financial aid agency. 2009-10 Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) Scholarship Administration Targeted programs for foster youth, student parents, rural health practitioners, and more… ASPIRE

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Oregon Student

Assistance Commission(OSAC)

The state student financial aid agency

2009-10

  • Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)
  • Scholarship Administration
  • Targeted programs for foster youth, student parents, rural health practitioners, and more…
  • ASPIRE

(Access to Student Assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone)

www.GetCollegeFunds.org

oregon opportunity grant
OregonOpportunity Grant
  • File your FAFSA early to apply
  • Indicate the Oregon college you plan to attend or those you are considering on your FAFSA
  • Maximum award depends on 2-year or 4-year school and if full or half time student
  • Get an estimate of your grant and your EFC

www.fafsa.ed.gov

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Estimators

www.GetCollegeFunds.org

www.FinAid.org

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

osac scholarships
OSAC Scholarships

www.GetCollegeFunds.org

what s new
What’s New
  • Complete the entire application (eApp) online!
  • Workbook & worksheet - no paper application
  • Extra documents are not required to be submitted with eApp
  • Export eApp data to other online scholarship applications
  • Join Twitter.com/OSAC
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Scholarship Search Workbook

Sections:

  • High School by County
  • Academic and career interest and specific populations
  • Member Organizations / Employers
  • Index of Donor Named Scholarships
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E-Student Profile

Student Access to eApp Data

  • Update your eApp to complete it before submitting to OSAC
  • Print your application
  • Verify whether OSAC accepted your application
  • Check if you have been awarded a scholarship, and if awarded, accept it online
  • Update your personal information
  • Copy (refresh) prior year’s eApp data to update

Check regularly! Primary means of receiving OSAC notifications about your eApp!

osac activities chart
OSAC Activities Chart

Enter each Activity under the categories:

A. School Activities

B. Volunteer Activities (Community/Family)

  • C. Paid Work History
  • Include:
  • Dates
  • Hours (Time spent)
  • Responsibilities/Accomplishments
    • (15 words)
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Personal Statements

  • Explain your career aspirations and your educational plan to meet these goals.
  • Describe a challenge or obstacle you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?
  • Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
  • Explain how you have helped your family or made your community a better place to live. Please provide specific examples.

150 words or 1,000 Characters

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Transcripts

  • OSAC application requires:
    • Graduating high school seniors submit transcripts that reflect grades through December/January
    • College students submit transcript that includes all work through fall semester/term
  • If sending a hard copy, blacken first 5 digits of SSN for security purposes

# 1 reason for a rejected OSAC application:

A missing or incomplete transcript

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OSAC Scholarship Deadlines

Tuesday, January 19

  • eApp Review begins

Tuesday, February 16

  • Priority deadline for Early Bird Scholarship
    • Opportunity to correct errors
    • If error-free, drawing for $500 scholarship

Monday, March 1

  • FINAL deadline
    • eApp and paper apps must be received at OSAC
    • Postmarks are not accepted

Check your e-Student Profile for application status

tip writing essays
Tip: Writing Essays
  • Get inspiration from your activities chart
  • Answer the question
  • Consider the reader
  • Don’t repeat information (like your GPA)
  • Cute doesn’t always cut it
  • Be clear & purposeful about your academic/career goals
tip don t be shy
Tip: Don’t be shy
  • In what ways are you unique?
  • What are your leadership qualities?
  • How do you take initiative?
  • Any special recognition?
  • Tie your past and present with your future
  • Put YOU on paper
  • Passion with a purpose
tip get help and feedback
Tip: Get help and feedback
  • Friends and family
  • Office/job associates
  • Professors/teachers
  • Learning resource centers
  • Writing centers
tip what scholarship committees consider
Tip: What scholarship committees consider
  • Academics
    • GPA, course rigor, and test scores
  • Outside the classroom
    • Volunteer activities, leadership, work, etc.
  • Life experiences
    • Serving your community by helping your family
    • Tell your unique story using your transcript, short essay answers, and activities chart
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How to learn more …

  • College financial aid office
  • High school counselor / ASPIRE program
  • Federal student aid information center
    • 1-800-433-3243
    • www.finaid.org
  • “Opportunities” booklets
resources
Resources
  • GetCollegeFunds.org
  • ASPIREOregon.org
  • CollegeGoalOregon.org
  • Collegenightinor.org
  • OregonOpportunities.gov
  • OSAC – 800-452-8807
  • ASPIRE Program – 541-687-7400
final tips to remember
Final Tips to Remember!
  • Use all your resources to maximize $$
  • Follow the instructions
  • Meet deadlines
  • Spell check & proofread
  • Order correct transcript(s)
  • Reflect your best work
  • Submit all required documents and keep copies for yourself
  • Check your e-Student Profile regularly