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Student Testimonials
I have been in the health Occupations classes for two years now. From my experiences, I have learned that I wanted to become a physical therapist. I have been on a couple of job shadows before but I never really knew what happened in emergency rooms and clinics. When I finally got the chance to go on a job shadow to a local physical therapy clinic, I found that I really enjoyed seeing what a physical therapist does. I used to want to be a surgeon but since I didn’t get to a chance to job shadow a surgeon, I changed my career path. Job shadows have a major impact on me so I know what to expect, and what there is to do.
by Andy C.
Employer Testimonials
I just finished talking with another job shadow student. Since we are a small start-up company, students spend most of their time with me talking about career options in aviations. During the interviews, I hear concise lucid questions from well-prepared students. Their questions and attitude are clearly goal-oriented. Having students in our place of business offers us the opportunity to introduce young people to aviation and small business, to dispel any misconceptions and to encourage them to pursue their aviation career options.
by Jim Graham, Graham Aviation

College Planning Resources


Here are some web resources to assist in planning for college.

College Preparation Program: Cathy McInnis

Ask Your School Counselor

Your school counselor is one of your best resources as you plan for college. Your counselor has information about admission tests, college preparation, and your education and career options.

Here are some basic questions to help get your conversation started:

  1. What courses do I need to take to be ready for college?
  2. How should I plan my schedule so I’ll complete them?
  3. Which elective courses do you recommend?
  4. Which AP courses should I consider taking?
  5. When is the PSAT/NMSQT going to be given?
  6. How should I study for the SAT, and is it given at this high school or do I need to go somewhere nearby?
  7. Do you have any college planning sessions scheduled?
  8. Do you have college handbooks or other guides that I can browse or borrow?
  9. What activities can I do at home and over the summer to get ready for college?
  10. What kinds of grades do different colleges require?
  11. Are there any college fairs at this school, or nearby?
  12. What colleges do other kids from our school go to?
  13. What are the requirements or standards for the honor society?
  14. Can you put me in touch with recent grads who are going to the colleges on my wish list?
  15. Do you have any information to help me start exploring careers?
  16. If my colleges need a recommendation from you, how can I help you know me better, so it can be more personal?
  17. Are there any special scholarships or awards that I should know about now, so I can work toward them?
  18. Can I see my transcript as it stands now, to see if everything is as I think it should be?
  19. What forms do I use to apply for financial aid and where I can find them online?
  20. How does our school compare to others, in terms of test scores and reputation?

Entrance Exams SAT registration links to ACT resource sites

College Search/Funding Sources State of Oregon’s official site for financial aid common admissions application Oregon University system out of state tuition exchange program includes college entrance test preparation

KnowHow2Go shows you the four steps to college: Be a Pain, Push Yourself, Find the Right Fit, and Get Your Hands on Some Cash. From middle school to senior year of high school, they have step-by-step guidelines on how to get ready for college. Get advice and ask questions from current college students!

Scholarship Scams

Paying for College


Scholarships: Scholarships are money that is given by governments and foundations. A scholarship is a form of financial aid that is specifically geared towards students who are attending college. It is used as a way of financing their education, and it may pay a part of their education, or it may pay the entire cost of a student’s tuition. Scholarships tend to have more rigid requirements for selection, and they are specifically geared towards those who are entering college

Salem, Oregon Scholarships

Kroc Center: April 2012 Scholarship Member Application

Salem Health

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West Valley Foundation Scholarship!foundation_wvh.scholarship

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Salem Electric

The Rotary Club of South Salem

South Salem Rotary Scholarship

Oak Park Family Dental

Athletic Scholarships

Private Organizations

College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $30,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
  • Ability to pursue any area of study
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience

Find out if you qualify to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship: Selection & Eligibility.

Phase One applications will be available August 2013 and will close in early November 2013.  All applicants will be notified regarding their Phase One application status in mid-November.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in late February 2014.

Download College Scholarship Fact Sheet

Download College Scholarship Flyer




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Intel Scholarship for Employees’ Children

Intel Science Talent Search

Verizon Foundation

Religious Organizations

Diversity and Deep Belief Drive College Funding

Preacher, Minister, Rabbinical Scholarships

General Theological Scholarships

Religion of Non-Religion

American Atheist Inc. Scholarship


Union Plus Scholarship

Fred Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund

Post office USPS


Adelante! Fund Scholarships

American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

African American Scholarships

American Indian College Fund

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships

CHCI (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute) Scholarship

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

Latino American Scholarships

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Resources for foster youth

Gates Millennium Scholars

Hispanic College Fund

Lagrant Foundation

Marriott Minority Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

National Black Nurses Association Scholarships

New York Urban League Scholarships

Native American Grants and Scholarships

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Students with Disabilities

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships

USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program: Public Service Leaders Scholarship

Xerox Foundation Technical Minority Scholarship Program

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

AISES Intel Scholarship

Study Abroad Scholarship:

SIT Study Abroad scholarship application

Scholarships that Support Student Activities

Boys and Girls Scouts Scholarships

Students Active in Politics

Beauty Pageant Contestants Scholarships

High School or School District

Scholarships opportunities may be found on your high school website. Some of your schools require user name and password to log onto the school data base of scholarships.

McNary High School

South Salem High School

McKay High School

North Salem High School

US Chamber Of Commerce

Institute National Scholarship

Any participant that is attending Institute for the very first time may be eligible for a National Scholarship. Each Institute site awards six scholarships worth $500 each toward first-year tuition and enrollment fees. The applicant’s organization must be a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Regent Scholarship

The Regent Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to both first-year and returning participants. Each year, these are awarded in varying amounts to assist with tuition and enrollment fees. Regent Scholarships are made possible by donations from generous volunteers and participants to Institute site specific silent auctions, and other on-site fundraising opportunities. Applicant’s organization does not have to be a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Unusual Scholarships

Scholarship Idol 2012

Who Will Win the Super Bowl? Scholarship

American Association of Candy Technologists John Kitt Memorial Scholarship

American Welding Society Scholarships

Wine-Making Scholarship: American Society for Enology and Viticulture Scholarship

Ayn Rand The Fountain Head Essay Contest

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest

Evans Scholars Foundation Scholarship (for golf caddies)

Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship (for those studying parapsychology)

Federation of Fly Fishers Awards

Little People of America Scholarship

Michigan Llama Association Scholarship

People Studying Fungi Mycological Society of America Awards

National Make It Yourself with Wool Competition

National Potato Council Scholarship

National Rifle Association Scholarships

OP Loftbed Scholarship Award

Sertoma Scholarships for Hearing Impaired Students

StarFleet Academy Scholarships (for Star Trek fans)

Tall Clubs international (TCI) Scholarship

United States Bowling Congress Scholarships

Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by The National Association of the Van Valkenburg Family)

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests





Grant: Money that is given to people in need from governments to foundations. Ranges widely from small business owners, to people who were involved in a natural disaster and need assistance to college funding and assistance to students in need.

College Grant Database:

Oregon Grant Resources:

(Must fill out a FAFSA application to be considered for most of these)

Oregon Student Assistance Commission (or OSAC)

Oregon Student Child Care Grant

Oregon post-secondary students who have children

Be a resident of Oregon and have a child twelve years old or younger. A special needs child can be older than 12.

Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen

Enroll in a two or four-year Oregon post-secondary institution.


Oregon Barber and Hairdresser Grant Program

Oregon residents pursuing a barber or hairdresser education (Full time program minimum of 9 months or 900 hours study). Ranges from $100 to $1,500.

Limited: 30 to 40 students receive this grant each year.

Chafee Education and Training Grant

Foster youth

Up to $4,000 in financial aid per academic year.

Be in foster care currently or formerly have been in foster care for a minimum of 180 days after the student’s 14th birthday and exited from foster care at the age of 16 or older.

Be a participant in the grant program before the student’s 21st birthday. Funds can then be received until the student turns 23

Government Grants

Academic Competitiveness Grant

National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant)

Pell Grant

Teacher Education Association for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)

For undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students who are or will be taking coursework necessary to become elementary or secondary teachers.

Needs-based Grants

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Grants for Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

PEO Program for Continuing Education Grant is for women

Grants for Medical School Students

Research Medical Student Grant

$3,000 to be matched by the sponsoring department

must be a full-time medical student at an accredited North American medical school

The research project must take place in a department of radiology, radiation it is not required that the research take place in the same institution where the student is enrolled




Art Grants and Social Services Grants

Verizon Foundation

Institutional Grants

Check the website of the school that you have been accepted to

Ex: Diversity Scholarship Western Oregon, OSU, U of O

United States Department of Health and Human Services,

an important division of the Health Resources and Services Administration, has grants that are applicable to the nursing profession

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

Calculate how much you can afford to borrow and repay

Low-interest Federal Loans and Strategies

College Savings Plans


Federal Financial Aid – Learn more about federal grants, loans, and more. Or call toll-free at 800-433-3243 or TTY 800-730-8913, or e-mail