Oregon Student Access Commission Hosts Meeting to Recruit High Schools, Community-based Organizations, and Precollege Programs to provide ASPIRE Mentoring Program

Partnership Grants Available to Eligible Sites

Media Contact:

Lacie Morgan, Executive Assistant

(541) 687-7394 lacie.a.morgan@state.or.us

May 4, 2011

Eugene, OR – The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) is hosting an informational meeting to recruit high schools, precollege programs, and community-based nonprofit organizations serving high school youth, interested in providing or enhancing postsecondary access and support for students through the state's ASPIRE program. Partnership grants are available for eligible sites.

ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is the state of Oregon's official pre-college mentoring program to help students access training and education after high school.

OSAC officials will present information about the ASPIRE program and how schools, precollege programs, and community-based organizations serving high school youth can become an ASPIRE site. ASPIRE programs help students by providing information about postsecondary options, college admission requirements, and financial aid. Trained volunteer mentors work one-on-one with students to assist them with postsecondary education planning, career choice, financial aid, college admission, and scholarship applications.

The recruitment meeting is planned for:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Southern Oregon Educational Services District
Downstairs Conference Room
101 N. Grape St.
Medford, OR 97501

For more information, contact Gayle Yamasaki, ASPIRE Region Supervisor at 541-687-7455 Gayle.s.yamasaki@state.or.us.

The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) is a state agency dedicated to assisting Oregon students and their families in attaining a postsecondary education while enhancing the value, integrity, and diversity of Oregon's college programs. OSAC is a national leader in public/private partnerships to administer scholarships and innovative outreach programs to assist Oregon students in attaining a postsecondary education. OSAC protects the citizens of Oregon and their postsecondary schools by ensuring the quality of higher education and preserving the integrity of an academic degree; and advocates college access for Oregon students by providing financial aid assistance through grants and scholarships, workshops, and mentoring of students preparing for education and training beyond high school.