Making good on Oregon Promise
The State of Oregons new Oregon Promise grant program is providing qualifying students who wish to attend community college a chance to have most or all of their tuition covered or to at least receive a grant for $1,000 for use toward room and board, transportation or books.
To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or GED in hand by spring/summer 2016 and a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Applicants also must have been an Oregon resident for at least 12 months before enrolling in community college, according to a press release from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
An applicant must complete the online application form at www.OregonPromise.com between Nov. 1 and Jan. 1. An application should include high school transcripts or GED scores.
Students also must finish the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or its approved alternative; more information on the alternative is slated to be posted to the Oregon Promise website.
Once approved, a student has to enroll in an Oregon community college within six months of graduating or completing the GED. The student also must accept all state and federal grants for which they qualify.
The Oregon Legislature created Oregon Promise through Senate Bill 81, and Gov. Kate Brown signed it into law this year. The Office of Student Access and Completion was charged with administering the new Oregon Promise program, along with other duties.
For more information, email email@example.com or call the OSAC at 800-452-8807.
Host a blood drive, be eligible for a scholarship
High school and college students can gain leadership experience, be eligible for a scholarship and help others by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive this winter.
The opportunity is made available through the Leaders Save Lives program, which is intended to encourage community-mindedness in young people, according to a press release from the American Red Cross.
The college scholarships are worth up to $2,500, and there also are gift cards. Six scholarships will be given out, and all students who receive at least 25 pints of blood will earn a gift card for giftcertificates.com.
Blood donations held at high school, university and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations through the Red Cross. During the winter break, blood donations often decline.
Registration is now open through Nov. 15 to host drives between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15.
For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit www.redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives. To donate blood, download the donor app, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.