OSAC - Ford Opportunity Scholarship Program (ID 1077)
- Start Date:
- SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT
This is a variable, need-based award of up to 90% of the recipient’s unmet financial need with a limit of $25,000 per year. Scholarship award amounts are calculated annually and are dependent on the college cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, room & board, personal costs, etc.), less the federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and other scholarships or gift aid. The formula for calculating the Ford Opportunity scholarship award is shown below:
Cost of Attendance (COA) for the academic year
(minus) EFC (from FAFSA)
(minus) All grants and other scholarship aid
(minus) Other resources (e.g., veteran’s benefits)
Result x 90% = Ford Opportunity Award
(Minimum of $1,000/Maximum of $25,000)
$ 24,000 COA for the academic year
(minus) $ 500 EFC (from FAFSA)
(minus) $ 8,250 All other grants & scholarship aid
(minus) $ 0 Other resources
$ 15,250 x 90% = $13,725 Ford Opportunity Award
- A legacy from Hallie E. Ford
The Ford Opportunity Program is need-based and designed for single parents who are "head of household," without the support of a domestic partner, and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree. This program is available to residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California.
Hallie E. Ford (1905-2007), a founder of The Ford Family Foundation, established the Ford Opportunity Program to assist single parents in obtaining a bachelor's degree. She realized that students who are parents have many extra responsibilities. She was determined to help them by providing financial assistance and encouragement.
- The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office
- 440 East Broadway Suite 200
- Toll Free:
- (877) 864-2872
- Contact Notes:
- Min GPA:
- Financial Need:
- Full(12+ Credits)
This is a need-based, renewable scholarship. To demonstrate financial need, each applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and not exceed the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) limit, as established by the Foundation. Scholarship offers may be rescinded if an applicant’s EFC changes prior to fall term of the application year and he or she no longer meets the financial need criteria. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 and must not have a rejected status at the time of the scholarship application review (mid-March).
Applicant must also:
• Be a resident of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California, and meet all residency requirements for college of attendance.
• Be a single parent with custody of dependent children (18 years of age or younger) and be the head of household as defined by IRS regulations. The intent of this scholarship is to assist single parents who do not have the support of a domestic partner.
• Have a high school diploma or GED, or be about to complete high school or GED, or be a continuing college student.
• Verify a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GED of 2650, or have a counselor, advisor or teacher submit a Special Recommendation online as part of the application.
• Seek a bachelor’s degree (and not previously have earned a bachelor’s degree). Recipient may attend a community college, but only with the intention of transferring and obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
• Attend full time, on campus, at an eligible public or private (not forprofit) college, based in his/her home state of Oregon or California, beginning in fall of the application year. (Note: When a reciprocal
agreement exists, OIT & SOU may be eligible for residents of Siskiyou County, California.)
• Have no felony convictions, or have satisfied the terms of any felony conviction by August 1 of the application year.
- Special Criteria:
- SELECTION CRITERIA
Each successful candidate will demonstrate:
• Concern for others through volunteer projects or service organizations.
• Motivation to contribute to personal success through paid work.
• Leadership through participation in school and community activities.
• An ability to succeed in college.
• Good character.
• An ability to clearly communicate personal strengths and goals.
Interviews are required for all finalists.