Ford Scholars Program

The Ford Scholars Program is need-based and open to 1) graduating high school seniors and, 2) continuing community college students ready to transfer to a four-year college, who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in Oregon or California. This program is available to residents of Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

The Ford Scholars Program was created by Kenneth W. Ford (1908-1997), a founder of The Ford Family Foundation, to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree without financial assistance. Mr. Ford established the Foundation to help a number of worthy causes, but the Ford Scholars Program was always one of his favorite projects. 

Program and Scholarship Details
Selection Criteria
How to Apply
Deadline - March 1st
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Tips for Completing a Ford Family Scholarship Application
  • The application and worksheet are available online. Use the worksheet to get familiar with the online application process.
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 1 to be certain it is available for review.
  • Treat it like a job resume – it has a similar purpose! Selection committees want to see what you’ve done and how you’ve already began to make your mark in the world.
  • Be sure to complete all parts of the application. Review your completed application before submitting, including checking for typos in your Activities Chart and Personal Statements. Submit the correct transcript(s). Failure to provide the correct transcript(s) invalidates your application – no exceptions. Refer to the worksheet for more details.