Scholarship Information for Students

Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 400 awards totaling $1.5 million for local students. A scholarship is easy to apply for and can be renewed for two additional years.


The scholarship application for 2018-19 is closed. Please check back winter term to apply for 2019-20 scholarships.

For questions regarding your scholarship application, please email


  • COCC student enrolled in any degree or certificate program
  • Be an in-district resident since September 2017
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA or ORSAA
    • Use this online tool to determine if you are either eligible for FAFSA or ORSAA
  • Fall term 2018 enrollment required of at least half-time (6-8 credits)
  • Incoming students must submit recent high school or college transcripts

Please note: OSU-Cascades dual admit students are not eligible to apply for COCC Foundation scholarships. College Now high school students need to apply for admission at COCC before applying for a scholarship.

12+ credits per term -- $4,000 
6 -11 credits per term -- $2,000-$3,666 

COCC Foundation Scholarships and Award Process

The COCC Foundation awards scholarships based on financial need and the promise that the student shows. 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:

  • Leadership/Group Contributions:Leadership roles, personal accomplishments and/or dealing with adversity impact our lives in important ways. Describe your experiences and activities and how they have shaped you.
  • Financial Challenges: COCC Foundation scholarships are based on financial need. Please explain any extraordinary financial challenges you are facing that make continuing your education difficult without additional financial assistance
  • Goals/task commitment: 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

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 2018 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 (recommended, not required)
  • 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.