Scholarship Information for Students

2017-2018 COCC Foundation Scholarship Application

Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 350 awards totaling $1.5 million for local students. A scholarship is easy to apply for and can be renewed for two additional years.

CRITERIA FOR APPLYING

  • COCC student enrolled in any degree or certificate program
  • Be a district resident since September 2016
  • 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 2017 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. 

AWARD AMOUNTS 
12+ credits per term -- $3,600 
6 -11 credits per term -- $1,800-$3,300 

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY
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, your Username will be the first part of your email address. Your Password will be the same password you use to open your student email account. Example: If your email address is Bobcat@cocc.edu, your Username will be “Bobcat.” For more COCC login assistance, click here

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QUESTIONS

For questions regarding your scholarship application, please email scholarships@cocc.edu


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) 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. 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/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 2017 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
  • Please plan to be available in Spring 2017 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 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


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