Deadline Nears For Filing Scholarship Application For College

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Oregon Student Access Commission Scholarship Application Deadline February 16, 2011 for Early Bird Review & Scholarship Drawing March 1, 2011, Final Deadline

February 1, 2011

Eugene OR – College-bound students looking for ways to pay for college should consider applying very soon for scholarships administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC). The state agency administers more than 400 private scholarships from which students may apply on a single application.

Deadline to apply for scholarships is February 16 to qualify for an Early Bird application review and March 1 is the final submission deadline. Scholarship awards may be used at any Title IV postsecondary institution in Oregon or in the United States.

According to Scholarship and Access Program Director Vicki Merkel, OSAC expects to receive a record number of applications this season based on the number of online applications, known as the eApp, started on OSAC's website, "Applying online is the easiest and best way to minimize errors in the application," Merkel said. "The online system allows for easy uploading of required application data, such as activity charts, essays, and transcripts to the Scholarship App."

Students who apply by the February 16 Early Bird deadline will receive an application review with an opportunity to submit corrections, if errors are found. Students who apply after this date will not receive this opportunity. Early Bird filers without any application errors will be entered into a drawing to win an OSAC $500 Early Bird Scholarship.

Students can select from among more than 400 scholarships by using the search feature in the Scholarship App and apply for as many as 20 scholarships on their application. Students new to the OSAC application process will set up their personal e-Student Profile, a student portal that is the source of the student's application status messages and information to keep applicants appraised during the scholarship awarding season.

OSAC offers a word of caution for all applicants. "One of the biggest mistakes students make is submitting an incorrect transcript, which then invalidates their application" says Merkel. "Students need to read the transcript instructions in the Scholarship App carefully and make sure they understand what type of student they are and the transcripts that are required."

High school seniors, for instance, are advised to request from their school Registrar, their most recent (fall semester, 1st trimester, or 2nd quarter) transcript as soon as possible to ensure the transcript arrives electronically at OSAC by the deadline. "Transcript instructions differ for GED and home-schooled graduates and college students, so it's important to read the application instructions carefully. Transcripts for both college students and high school seniors may also be scanned and uploaded to the Scholarship App to ensure they arrive by the deadline," Merkel said.

After submitting the application, students can check their e-Student Profiles to determine if their applications are valid with no errors, or learn of their errors and the deadline to submit corrections. Students who miss the February 16 Early Bird deadline will have until the final deadline of March 1.

Scholarships are available for 2011 graduating high school seniors, college and transfer students, older adults, single parents, and students with specific needs. Students can search the online catalog to find scholarships to meet their specific needs and interests, including the high school where they graduated, GPA, residency, academic major or interests, career choice, and employer/memberships.

For 2010-11 academic year, OSAC awarded more than $18.2 million in private and public scholarships to more than 3,900 Oregon students.

A student without access to the Internet can request a paper application by contacting OSAC at (800) 452-8807.