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COCC Foundation Scholarships and Award Process

Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 400 scholarship awards totaling $1.8 million for students. A scholarship is easy to apply for and if selected can be renewed for two additional years. Information and instructions about the process can be found below.

The second cycle for 2022-23 scholarship applications will open August 1.

  • What is a COCC Foundation scholarship?

    Scholarships are a great resource to help students pay for their education expenses and unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of scholarships are awarded to students each year who meet specific qualifications designated by the private donor(s). These qualifications could be but are not limited to: field of study, academic record, volunteer service, athletic ability, artistic talent, financial need, club associations and members of under represented groups. Scholarships are worth seeking so get started today!

    COCC Foundation scholarships are for students enrolled in a degree or certificate program at COCC. The scholarship is applied toward your tuition and fees first and if there are remaining funds you can use them for expenses related to your educational needs.

  • Am I eligible for a scholarship?

    Criteria for Applying: 

    • Enrolled in a degree or certificate program at COCC for Fall 2022
    • Have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher
    • Demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA or ORSAA

      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. Please wait at least 1 week after applying for COCC admission before applying for a scholarship.
      Expanded Options high school students and Non-Degree Seeking students need to complete a 'Degree Status Change Form' before applying for a scholarship indicating you will be a Degree-Seeking Student for Fall term. Please wait at least 1 week after completing the change form before applying for a scholarship.

      If you have had a COCC Foundation scholarship revoked then you are not eligible to re-apply (please contact us if you are unsure).
  • Tell me about the selection process?

    The COCC Foundation awards scholarships based on financial need and the promise each student shows which is demonstrated by answers to three narrative questions. Financial need is defined as lacking sufficient funds to pay for education. The promise a student shows is defined as the circumstances a person has faced and/or accomplishments they have made, combined with their sense of direction and educational goals.

    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.

    Narrative 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 demonstrating 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.

    Each narrative is read four times by volunteer reviewers, who score each question on a one to four scale. The volunteers only read and score the narrative questions. Therefore, the reviewer does not see the applicants name, age, gender, race, etc. You can view the scoring rubric for the narrative questions here.

    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. Priority will be given to in-district students based on COCC's residency policy.

  • I am ready to apply for a scholarship!


    1. Login to AwardSpring

      • 2022-23 COCC Foundation scholarship applications are accepted using a scholarship portal called AwardSpring from February 1 - April 29 (First Cycle) and August 1 - October 14 (Second Cycle)
      • Access to the application will be available on August 1.
      • Your Username will be the first part of your COCC email address.
        • Example: If your email address is, your Username will be: Bobcat
      • Your Password will be the same password you use to open your student email account. 
      • If you need help with your password, click here.

    2. Once you are in AwardSpring

      • Agree to Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
      • From your Dashboard, click the Start Application button to begin filling out your application
      • Several sections/tabs make up the entire application. Complete all of them in order to submit your application.
        • Sections that are not completed will display “in progress”
        • Sections that are complete will display “completed”
      • You can start and stop your application as needed

    3. Prepare your three short narrative questions

      • Review the Narrative Questions & Scoring Rubric.
      • Spend time on crafting thoughtful narrative responses. Be sure to use your resources!
        • For example have a trusted family/friend/teacher proofread, use spell check, search the internet for scholarship essay tips etc.

    4. Submit your application

      • Completing all tabs of your application will enable the Submit Application button in the lower right corner. Click it to submit your application.
      • After completing and submitting the application, you can login to make needed changes until the deadline.

    5. Submit a FAFSA or ORSAA

      • You must submit either the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) to be considered for a COCC Foundation scholarship.
      • Use this quick tool to determine if you should submit a FAFSA or ORSAA
      • When applying for either FAFSA or ORSAA, be sure to list Central Oregon Community College.
      • You can submit the FAFSA or ORSAA at any time before October 1
  • What happens after I apply for a scholarship?

    You will be notified by June 1 (First Cycle applicants) or November 5 (Second Cycle applicants) of awarding decisions. If you need any assistance and/or accommodation, please contact the Foundation at 541.383.7225 or email 


Are you a current COCC Foundation scholarship recipient?

Congratulations on being selected to receive a COCC Foundation scholarship! Below is information about your scholarship.

  • What are the 2021-2022 scholarship acceptance requirements?

    • Fall term 2021 enrollment required of at least half-time (6-8 credits)
    • Enrolled in at least 6 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
  • How do I receive my scholarship?

    Your scholarship will be applied to your student account in three installments; fall, winter and spring term. This award amount per term will be based on your enrollment level on tuition due date.

    • 6-8 credits for term = 50% of scholarship = $750 per term
    • 9-11 credits for term = 75% of scholarship = $1,125 per term
    • 12+ credits for term = 100% of scholarship = $1,500 per term

    The scholarship is applied toward your COCC tuition and fees first and if there are remaining funds you can use them for expenses related to your educational needs. Accepting a COCC Foundation Scholarship may prompt a revision and possible reduction of your federal financial aid.

  • How do I renew my scholarship for 2022-2023?

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

    • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA
    • Complete at least 24 credits during the aid year (Summer 2021 - Spring 2022)
    • Register for a minimum of 6 credits for Fall 2022
    • Volunteer for a Foundation event (check your email frequently for opportunities from the Foundation)

    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 renewal scholarship in early July for the following academic year.

    Note: not all scholarships are renewable. Please check your acceptance form to find out if your scholarship is renewable. If you are not sure please email

Do you have a financial emergency or childcare expenses?

  • Help for Students in Need
    Learn about resources to help with housing needs, the food bank, medical help, counseling and other emergency resources.
  • COCC Student Emergency Fund - application opens at the end of June 2022
    If you have suddenly encountered unanticipated expenses related to your education, the COCC Student Emergency Fund may be able to help.
  • COCC Childcare Assistance Fund - application opens at the end of June 2022
    The COCC Childcare Assistance Fund is a program to supplement the costs of childcare.

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


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