Scholarship Information for Students

COCC Foundation Scholarship Overview

Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 350 awards totaling $1.4 million for local students. A scholarship is easy to apply for and can be renewed for two additional years.


  • COCC student enrolled in any program
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credits per term
  • Agreement to scholarship terms
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • In-district resident

2015-2016 AWARDS
12+ credits -- $3,600
6 -11 credits -- $1,800-3,300

Submit an application online through your Bobcat Web Account from December 15 through July 15 for scholarships for the following academic year. 

To check the status of your current scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid office at 541-383-7260 or email at

COCC Foundation Awards 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)
  • Financial need is also determined through one of the questions answered in the application process, since the FAFSA 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. It is therefore transparent as to 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 score and also a point value to the narratives. Scholarships are awarded to students with the greatest combined score as determined by their FAFSA and their narratives.

Scholarship Requirements 

  • 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
  • Please plan to be available in Spring 2016 to help with Meal of the Year, Taste of the Town or another Foundation fund raising event. There are other events throughout the school year that you may be asked to help with
  • Check your COCC email account on a regular basis for information from the College and the Foundation

Scholarship Renewals

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 26 credits during the academic year
  • Register for a minimum of 6 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 confirming your interest in early July for the following academic year. 

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