Presenters: Tricia Tate, Scholarship Programs Manager, The Ford Family Foundation & Jeff Strickland, Student Success Counselor, The Ford Family Foundation
Description: Learn more about The Ford Family Foundation's prestigious scholarships, with focus on the competitive Ford Scholars Program for graduating high school students. Through OSAC, thousands of students apply to be a Ford Scholar
each year, and approximately 100 Oregonians receive the scholarship which supports 90% of a student's unmet need. Learn what makes an application competitive and compelling. We will discuss how applications are reviewed, what trained volunteers look for when reviewing the application materials, and what students selected for an interview can expect in the interview process.
Presenters: Leslie Limper, Director of Financial Aid, Pacific University &
Jennifer Knight, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Linfield College
101: The Basics - This session is designed for counselors and mentors who need basic
information about financial aid. Participants will gain an understanding of the financial aid
application process, how to assist students and their families in submitting the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the financial aid programs that are available through the federal
government, the State of Oregon, and Oregon colleges and universities. Participants will be provided
with resources that will allow them to further increase their knowledge and understanding of basic financial
aid principles and practices.
201: Updates and Difficult Situations - This session is designed to provide experienced counselors with current updates and
changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), federal student aid programs, and the financial aid application process.
Participants will learn how a student's financial aid dependency status is determined, which parent should complete the FAFSA, and how to
assist students who are selected by the Department of Education to verify their FAFSA information. Counseling undocumented students will
also be discussed, as well as how the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affects college financing options.
301: The Hard Stuff - This session is for curious counselors and mentors who want an in-depth understanding of the varying
philosophies and principles of financial aid. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of the College Board's PROFILE application,
different packaging strategies, and current trends in college financing. Current issues such as loan indebtedness, the value of higher
education, and financial aid leveraging will be discussed and participants will be given the chance to ask their hardest questions.
Financial Aid 101 Presentation |
Financial Aid 201 Presentation |
Financial Aid 301 Presentation
Presenters: Rosemary Iavenditti, Independent Living Program Coordinator, Department of Human Services
Description: Learn about the services available to foster youth through DHS and the Independent Living Program (ILP). The foster youth you work with may be eligible for housing subsidies, funds for miscellaneous expenses (application fees, college tours, computers for school, start-up kits for the dorms, etc.), medical coverage to age 26, and other
supports from your local ILP Provider. The question and answer session, along with handouts, will allow you to walk away from this workshop with in-depth knowledge of the ILP services and how to help foster youth access supports.
Materials: ILP County Provider List | Financial Aid for Foster Youth | ILP Housing Program Differences |
ILP List of Services and Eligibility Requirements | Transition Tool Kit
Presenter: John Valley, Outreach Director, Oregon 529 College Savings Network
Description: The Oregon College Savings Plan is designed to help parents and families better understand the long-term benefits of higher education
and how to reach their college planning goals. The Be College Ready program was specifically designed so that school districts, individual elementary schools and
parent/teacher groups can take full advantage of the program's resources with very little time and effort. Come learn about the latest developments surrounding the
Oregon College Savings Plan, the new pilot elementary school program Be College Ready and the recently passed law the ABLE Act which will create a new savings account
for people with disabilities. All of these programs are being implemented by the Oregon Treasury Department. This session provides information about each of these
programs and Q & A time for the audience.
Presenter: Cheryl Connolly, Scholarship Processing Coordinator, OSAC
Description: This session is designed to equip those working directly with students in the completion and submittal of the OSAC Scholarship
application. Learn how to help students submit a complete application to compete for OSAC scholarships and general tips for "telling your story" using the
personal statements and activity chart. Also, hear first-hand from our in-house expert about all phases of the application process, including updates, key dates,
milestones, and best practices to ensure successful application submittal.
Presenter: Cheryl Connolly, Scholarship Processing Coordinator, OSAC
Description: This session will provide line-by-line instruction for completion and successful submittal of the OSAC Scholarship application. This session could make the difference between application acceptance or rejection status. Don't miss this opportunity to ask the expert!
Presenter: Rachel Mead, Executive Director, The Princeton Review Northwest
Description: Are you confused with testing timelines and options for current juniors? Just imagine how the students feel! With the recent
changes and those coming to standardized tests, the class of 2017 has unique opportunities to explore for college admissions. This session will provide counselors with some clear tools to help guide students and parents.
Lisa Brookshier, ASPIRE Access Specialist, OSAC,
Chloe Shaughnessy, ASPIRE Media Specialist, OSAC,
Kyra Mathews, ASPIRE and Outreach Development Specialist, OSAC
Description: Learn about all of the resources that ASPIRE has to help you work with your students. You will learn how to navigate and take advantage of the
materials and tools that ASPIRE has to offer. We will provide an overview of our social media, websites, blog, monthly digest, and more!
Presenter: George A. Letchworth, Ph.D., ASPIRE Mentor, McKenzie High School
Description: Each October Oregon sophomores and juniors take the PSAT. When students receive their PSAT results it includes an "Online Access Code"
that they can use on the CollegeBoard website for free access to My Personality. The Personality Profiler provides students feedback on their Strengths, Learning Styles,
Social Interactions and Motivation and links their personality types to careers and college majors. In this workshop participants will go through a demonstration of My
Personality and how to relate it to career decision making. A handout will be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to guide students through the My Personality exploration.