Oregon Coast Community College students have opportunities to apply for a number of different local, regional and national scholarships to help defray the cost of their college education. Peruse the links below to learn more about the scholarships that might be right for you.
OCCC Foundation Scholarships
Click Here to view and apply for a scholarship.
2020-21 Academic Year scholarship applications are now open. Applications are due by midnight on March 6, 2020.
The OCCC Foundation awarded over $97,000 in scholarship funds to 58 recipients from 27 funds supported by local donors and the Foundation’s investment fund. About 53% of applicants received a scholarship, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $4,500.
These scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from individuals and organizations within our community. To learn how you can be a part of this important work or for more information, email us or call 541-867-8531.
OCCC Foundation scholarships may be used for tuition, fees, and books at OCCC only and will be applied to the scholarship recipient’s account at the beginning of each term. Courses taken through PCC cannot be paid for with OCCC Foundation scholarships.
Other OCCC Scholarships
Funded through an endowment established with the Oregon Community Foundation, this scholarship provides support for students seeking a degree or certificate in early childhood education. There are multiple application due dates throughout the year.
Currently closed – next opportunity is October. These scholarships are for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally students of any age from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. This support is for students pursuing any kind of post-secondary education — including community college, public or private colleges & universities, trade schools/apprenticeships, or certificate programs.
Other Scholarship Resources for OCCC Students
Below are listed some of the most frequently won private scholarships by OCCC students just like you.
There and many, many, many more scholarships out there. How do you find them? Use a scholarship search site. Our favorites:
How to Find Scholarships
1. Do some research
Finding scholarships is all about searching through a lot of scholarships to find the few that are right for you. So your first step is to conduct research online.
The key to this step is to be creative and open-minded about the possible sources of scholarships – did you work for a grocery store? That chain might offer a scholarship. Were you in a club during high school? The club could offer a scholarship. Are you studying to be a nurse at a hospital? Check with the hospital where you want to work – they might offer a scholarship!
2. Understand the criteria
While searching, you’ll be asking yourself if the scholarship might be right for you. When you spot a scholarship that might be a good match, ask yourself:
If you answer yes to one or both, add it to your list of scholarships to apply for.
If you don’t meet ALL of the criteria, but still feel you are a good candidate for the scholarship, feel free to apply. If the scholarship description states that you will be disqualified if you don’t meet some of the criteria, then don’t waste time applying for it.
It’s not always clear what the scholarship criteria is asking for. Below is a table of some common terms you might see, and examples of what it really means.
3. Prioritize your list
Now it’s time to prioritize: You probably don’t have time to apply for all of the scholarships that you qualify for. So spend time on those that you best fit or the few where you match most all of the qualifications. Ask yourself these questions to narrow your list:
How to avoid scams
For some reason, there are a lot of fake scholarships out there. Be careful about giving out sensitive information. If a scholarship website asks for any of the following information, it’s a red flag and you shouldn’t apply: