The 2020-2021 Roger W. Emmons Memorial Scholarship application went live online on November 1. Visit the Office of Student Access and Completion’s (OSAC) website at www.oregonstudentaid.gov to apply. The complete description of the scholarship (code 71), tech scholarship (code 757)and the scholarship brochure are also online.
OSAC must receive the completed application, including all related materials, by 5:00 pm, March 1, 2020. Please note that applications may only be submitted online. Also, there is an Early Bird Scholarship Drawing for those who submit completed applications (including transcripts) by 5:00 p.m. (PST), February 15, 2020. Error-free applications will be entered into a drawing for one of several $1,000 Early Bird scholarship awards.
Tech Scholarship: Recognizing the great need for more technical education funding, the Emmons Committee recommended, and the ORRA Board of Directors agreed, to establish technical scholarships. Many very talented young people may not be on an academic track, but may have a desire for technical training, so this scholarship could be for them. There is a preference for those applicants who are seeking training in fields where ORRA members see great needs (drivers, mechanics, welders, etc.), but the one-year, $2000 scholarship is open to all who qualify (see below).
Year in College for Application: For those seeking academic scholarships who already have some college courses, the “Year in College” could affect the amount of the scholarship. If the student is arriving from high school, he or she can select “freshman” and OSAC can double check transcripts of selected recipients to verify the grade level for the scholarship. This will ensure students are not missing out on other graduating high school senior scholarships. However, the OSAC system does not require graduating high school seniors to upload college transcripts, so if a student has college credit and wants to be considered for a higher scholarship amount, the student will need to take the responsibility to upload high school and college transcripts.
About the Scholarship: ORRA established the Emmons scholarship in memory of ORRA’s first Executive Director, Roger W. Emmons. To date, 88 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students. Thanks in large part to the hard work of the Emmons Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament Committee and those who participate in and contribute to the annual charity golf tournament, the funds have increased to allow for the academic scholarship to become a four-year renewable award and the vocational scholarship to become a two-year renewable award. The applicant pool includes students who may have delayed pursuing higher education (due to military service, volunteering, working directly out of high school, etc…). This also allows students who applied for the scholarship immediately after high school to apply again while in college.
Eligible applicants for the scholarship (both academic and vocational) are:
• high school graduates entering an accredited school, or students who are currently enrolled in an accredited school, and
• a child or grandchild of an owner or employee (if employed three or more years) of an ORRA regular member.
High school graduating seniors do not have to graduate from an Oregon school to qualify. The scholarship may be used to attend any accredited school (whether non-profit or for-profit) in the United States.
Good luck to all the applicants!