Scholarship Information for Students

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Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.6 million for local students.
A scholarship is easy to apply for and can be renewed for two additional years.


Submit an application through the online scholarship portal from December 15 through July 15 for scholarships for the following academic year:

To login to the online scholarship application via AwardSpring, your Username will be the first part of your COCC email address. Your Password will be the same password you use to open your COCC email account. Example: If your email address is, your Username will be Bobcat. For more COCC login assistance, click here. Please wait 1 week after applying for admission to COCC before logging into AwardSpring. You will be notified in late summer or early fall of awarding decisions

Download the Application Instructions and FAQ sheet here!


  • Enrolled in any degree or certificate program at COCC
  • Be an in-district resident since September 2018
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the 2019/20 FAFSA or ORSAA
    • Use this online tool to determine if you are either eligible for FAFSA or ORSAA
  • Fall term 2019 enrollment required of at least half-time (6-8 credits)
  • Incoming students must submit recent high school or college transcripts

Please note: If you are considering dual enrollment at another institution, please contact the Financial Aid office for scholarship eligibility information. College Now high school students need to apply for admission at COCC before applying for a scholarship. If you have had your COCC Foundation scholarship revoked/not-renewed then you are not eligible to reapply.

2019-20 Award Amounts
12+ credits per term -- $4,000 
6 -11 credits per term -- $2,000-$3,666 


For questions regarding your scholarship application or if you need any assistance and/or accommodation, please contact the Foundation at 541.383.7225 or email

COCC Foundation Scholarships and Award Process

The COCC Foundation awards scholarships based on financial need and the promise that the student shows which is answered through three narrative questions. Financial need is defined as lacking financial resources to where there are not sufficient funds to pay for education. The promise that a student shows is defined as the circumstances a person has faced and/or contributions they have made, combined with their sense of direction. 

Financial need is determined in two ways:

  • Each student completes a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application)
  • Financial need is also determined through one of the questions answered in the application process, since the FAFSA/ORSAA formula does not capture individual life circumstance. This is also an opportunity for the applicant to display the promise that they show as a student.

Each narrative is read three times by volunteers, who score each question on a one to four scale. The volunteers only read and score the answered questions since the narrative only has the student ID number. Therefore, the narrative section does not show information on the applicants age, gender, race, etc.

The questions:
1. Financial and Life Circumstances: COCC Foundation scholarships are based on financial need. Please explain any circumstances or challenges you are facing that may make continuing your education difficult without additional financial assistance.
2. Education and Career Goals: Describe education and career goals that you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish them. Give an example that would demonstrate your commitment to these goals.
3. Personal Accomplishment(s): Describe the personal accomplishment(s) of which you are most proud. This could include leadership roles, community/family involvement, or professional/educational contributions. Describe how the experience(s) has shaped you.

The award process then gives a point value to the FAFSA/ORSAA score and also a point value to the narratives. Scholarships are awarded to students with the greatest combined score as determined by their FAFSA/ORSAA and their narratives.

 Scholarship Acceptance Requirements

  • Fall term 2019 enrollment required of at least half-time (6-8 credits)
  • Enrolled in at least half-time (6-8 credits) per term
  • If you have been admitted to any other institution, including OSU Cascades, this scholarship is void
  • Must write a thank you letter to the donor of your scholarship (we provide you with this information)
  • Notify COCC if your phone number or address changes
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have a FAFSA or ORSAA on file with COCC each year 
  • Must volunteer at one Foundation event throughout the academic year. 
  • Check your COCC email account on a regular basis for information from the College and the Foundation

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Your scholarship can be renewed up to two additional years (three years total) if:

  • You volunteer for at least one COCC Foundation function per year
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits during the academic year (averaging 8 credits per term)
  • Register for a minimum of 6-8 credits in the fall term of your renewal year

You will NOT need to reapply for a COCC Foundation Scholarship next year. If you meet all the above parameters then you will automatically be qualified for a renewal scholarship and will receive a letter or email confirming your interest in early July for the following academic year.

For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit the Financial Aid scholarship page.