Chemeketa Courier

Chemeketa Foundation changes scholarship process

By Devin Swift
Several changes have been made to the online application and enrollment process for the Foundation Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The next application opening will run from March 26th to May 4. Students have six weeks to apply for the scholarships. According to Otilia Morales, Chemeketa’s scholarship coordinator, the changes are as follows:
New students must apply to Chemeketa. The student ID K# and username is necessary to log into to complete the online scholarship application. If the applicants are current students and have changed their major or program of study, they must update†their information. They can either call the Enrollment Center at 503.399.5006 or update the online admissions form. If students select to update the online form, it is vital that they use the same student K# to avoid delays.
All students are now required to apply for FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. The college will use the Estimated Family Contribution score, which indicates†how much money a family is expected to pay toward college education for one year. The EFC score will be requested on the application. If students are not eligible to apply for scholarships, they can use the EFC Calculator. The website link to the calculator will be provided on the application.
The biggest change that students will see is that the college has removed the additional documentation requirement (personal statement, letters of reference and transcript) from the foundation scholarship application. Informational questions have been added to the application.
Students must complete one application to be considered for all the scholarships. Eligibility for scholarships will be based on scholarship criteria, the information entered on the application, and the information the college currently has. It is therefore important that applicants answer all questions. Answering no to any of the questions does not exclude their application from all scholarships.
Applications will be available once a year. This usually takes place during spring term for the following academic year. The scholarships will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year (fall, winter, and spring terms). Early or late submissions will not be considered.
Final decisions will be made during the summer. As in the past, notifications will be sent to a student’s My Chemeketa e-mail address.
Scholarship workshops will be available at the outreach campuses and at the Salem Center.
Please visit the foundation website at for additional information, or contact Otilia Morales, the scholarship coordinator, at or 503.399.6990.