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None of the computers around here are working well, plus I have a cold. So I have spent the last two days watching Marky Mark on FX channel and trying to do something constructive. That translates into many many hours (okay, long minutes) waiting for the hamsters inside the computer to slowly process one key stroke at a time to update the scholarship list. Check the list, the ones you can still apply for are highlighted.
Please let me know if there is missing or incorrect information so I can get it up date. This was a heroic effort to get done before spring break, so do me a favor, and apply for a couple, would ya?
Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjVQzhWZPU5BdHJzdk8xYjJHYlBRbWpqekRMaG1aYnc&usp=sharing
Abby’s Closet, a Portland-based all-volunteer non-profit, does a couple of wonderful things. Their mission is “to inspire confidence and respect in high school women by providing free formal gowns for prom and other memorable events.” They give out free dresses and accessories to high school aged young women so they can have the prom that they dreamed about. The dresses are great quality and the service at the dress distribution event — according to girls that I know who have participated — is kind, compassionate and FUN! They also offer a scholarship to one young women who they feel “embodies the spirit and mission of Abby’s Closet.” Although they started in Portland, organizers now contact all schools within 150 miles to make sure that young women know about the give away.
Abby’s Closet was founded by daughter/mother team Abby and Sally Egland when Abby was cleaning out her closet in preparation for her departure to the University of Oregon. Abby didn’t just donate her dress, she decided to round up a group of volunteers to collect donations to provide many girls with dresses. That project has morphed over the last 9 years and now thousands of girls have benefited from her idea. To really lift your spirits, view this wonderful Abby’s Closet slide show by Portland Monthly Magazine’s Mary Saunders (2009).
This year’s gown giveaway will take place March 16-17, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center. The only requirement is that girls show their high school ID. Girls arrive early in the day and are given a number and an approximate time that they will served in one of the comfortable “salons”. Adult helpers will assist girls in choosing the perfect gown. Girls will also be allowed to select one accessory to help complete the outfit.
“Dreams can come true” scholarship will be awarded to one young woman who plans to attend the 2013 Gown Giveaway. The $1000 scholarship is sponsored by T.J. Maxx. The winner of the scholarship will also be given the opportunity to choose the first dress from among the selection. Applications are due February 18.
You can learn more about criminal justice careers, the kinds of jobs that you might do and the schooling required to work in the field at Western Oregon’s Criminal Justice Career Day.
If you are interested in a future in the criminal justice field, Criminal Justice Careers Day is the perfect time to explore educational and employment opportunities. High school and college students are welcome to attend this one-day event. Explore the fields of law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, community crime prevention and other criminal justice professions during the Career Opportunities Panel. Meet with representatives from law enforcement, correctional institutions, detention and jail facilities, juvenile and adult probation and parole programs and various special service fields at the career fair. Faculty representatives from the criminal justice department and the admissions office will also be available. Obtain information about college degree programs, academy training and employment opportunities. Eat lunch at Valsetz Dining Hall and tour campus with a WOU student.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013; 10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Werner University Center (WUC)
345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, OR 97361
You can register through your school’s career center or sign up individually if your school is not sending a group. Families are welcome and lunch will be served. Seniors who visit and turn in their completed application (including transcripts and application fee) during the event will be notified of their admission status at the conclusion of the program. They will also be eligible to win a drawing for a $500 scholarship.
DO-IT, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology, is an organization that works to promote programs that support students with disabilities pursuing post secondary education and careers. They have many resources for students in their Student Lounge - a virtual space with information on schools, community and careers. While DO-IT is based out of University of Washington and some of their scholarships are for Washington students only, there are plenty of resources for students in any part of the world searching for information and desiring to connect with this active community.
DO-IT Scholars are selected Washington state high school students with disabilities who participate in a variety of activities including career exploration, introduction to adaptive technologies on university campuses and live-in summer campus experiences. The initial deadline for applications has just passed (January 10, 2013), however, applications will be accepted until all spots are filled, with the next review occurring on applications received before January 30, 2013.
Another great resource on the DO-IT website (from this month’s National Girls’ Collaborative Project monthly newsletter):
DO-IT Scholarship Web Page for Youth with Disabilities
An important part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. DO-IT has a new web page with information about scholarships, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility. Using an interactive sorting tool, you can filter scholarships by disability or other criteria. http://www.washington.edu/doit/Student/scholarships.html
The annual César E. Chávez Leadership Conference is coming up on March 8, 2013 at Western Oregon University. Along with a day packed with speakers, workshops and inspiration, participants are eligible to apply for contests and scholarships.
Mission of the Leadership Conference: To instill in our Latino(a) youth the value of education, which nurtures mind, body and spirit in order to develop a social consciousness that empowers them as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility in the greater community.
The CECLC is the largest high school student event for Latino students in Oregon. Last year, in excess of 1,500 students, presenters, exhibitors, school staff, volunteers and invited guests attended leadership workshops, college/university fair and listened to distinguished keynote speakers. 65 high schools from Northwest Oregon attend the annual César E. Chávez Student Leadership conference. During the last 22 years, at least 20,000 high school students have been part of this event and, as such have come to know and identify with César E. Chávez and his legacy
Students need to see their counselors at participating schools to register. A $35 registration fee is due to the conference, although some schools are able to cover the cost or provide scholarships for students in need. Hurry, because counselors need to turn in information this week.
The conference also sponsors an Art, Essay and Poetry Contest for attendees. Submissions are due January 16. Winners receive $100-$200.
Students can also apply for aCésar E. Chávez Leadership Conference College Scholarship. High School Seniors of Latino(a) heritage are invited to apply. Applications are due January 16, 2013
This looks like a fun challenge brought to you by the folks who produce the Burn Notice TV series. For the Burn Notice Science Challenge, students 9-12 grade submit a 1500 word essay describing how they would build a solution to one of three problems:
- Loud and clear: covert communication
- Eye in the sky: improvised surveillance
- Do not disturb: covert alarm system
Students need an adult sponsor who will verify the originality of the work, and essays need to demonstrate the principals of scientific investigation.
Grand prize winners will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and meet the cast and crew of the show. Deadline is February 15, 2013.
Read guidelines and enter contest
Tired of writing long college essays? How about writing one in less than 140 characters? Scholarships.com is giving away a $1000 scholarship to the person who writes the scariest college-related experience. The Short and Tweet scholarship entry deadline is November 12, 2012.
Step 1: Follow @Scholarshipscom on Twitter.
Step 2: Mention us (@Scholarshipscom) in a tweet answering the question “What is your scariest college-related moment?” Once you do this, you are automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship or one of two Kindles.
Step 3: You may apply as many times as you want but please limit your tweets to five per day. Each tweet will be a stand-alone entry and tweets that are submitted by non-followers, exceed 140 characters, do not include @Scholarshipscom, do not answer the entire question or are submitted after the November 11th deadline will not be considered. From there, the Scholarships.com Team will determine which entries are most deserving of the awards; the best tweet will receive a $1,000 scholarship and second- and third-place winners will receive one Kindle each.
This came in today via the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber‘s October newsletter:
Scholarship Workshop – Path to Scholarships® ”Making Dreams Come True”
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
Presenter: Araceli Ortiz, Linfield College
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Linfield College – Portland Campus
Peterson Hall Auditorium, Rm. 101
2255 NW Northrup Street
Portland, OR 97210
Space is limited, register early.
Please RSVP by calling 503.222.0280 or e-mail: email@example.com
At this workshop students will:
- Receive their own College and Scholarship Planning Guide and Resource CD.
- Create a portfolio to prepare for college and scholarship applications.
- Be guided to write their first draft of a winning scholarship essay.
- Learn that with desire and hard work, anyone can go to college.
The chamber also offers scholarships ranging from $2000 – $6000. Applications will open later this fall and generally close at the end of January.
Several scholarships for LGBTQ students are listed on the Equity Foundation’s website.
The Equity Foundation was founded in 1989 to “advance the dignity and worth of all people”. They do this by providing grant and scholarship opportunities to people and organizations working to eradicate prejudice against gender and sexual minorities and other diverse communities.
Applications are still being accepted for the scholarships listed below. They each have different application processes, so you need to read each one carefully to make sure you understand the requirements. Links to each of the individual applications are on the scholarships page of the website.
- Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship, deadline May 28, 2012
- Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship, deadline June 1, 2012
- Jim McBroom and John H. Weston Scholarship Fund, deadline July 30, 2012
- The Pride of the Rose Scholarship Fund, deadline July 30, 2012
Thank you to my friend David Martinez who posted the Latino Gay Pride scholarship on his Facebook page which brought me to this wonderful resource!
Act Six is a leadership and scholarship initiative aimed at assisting emerging urban and community leaders to attend college. ActSix strives to identify a diverse and talented cadre of students who plan to use their college education to make a difference in the Pacific Northwest.
The application process is rigorous and selected scholars will receive full-tuition scholarships to one of eight colleges in the northwest: Whitworth University, George Fox University, Pacific Lutheran University, Northwest University, Gonzaga University, Trinity Lutheran University, Warner Pacific University, and Heritage University.
ActSix staff are visiting area high schools to provide more information about the selection process. Most of these visits in the Portland area are next week (May 14-19). See the complete application process timeline for students wishing to enter college in the fall of 2013. Mostly this means high school juniors, however students who have previously graduated in 2011 or so12 but have not started their college education can also apply.
Pdf flyer for Portland program. Flyers for Seattle-Tacoma, Yakima Valley and Spokane are also available.
The selection process includes group activities with all of the finalists as well as campus visits to the potential schools. I think one of the things that probably sets this scholarship program apart is the sense of community and the group work of the students. They spend time together before they enter college and start networking with other young leaders right away. Such a program will likely produce a group of young people who are already deeply networked and committed by the time the graduate.