Ford ReStart Program

For adults 25 years and older

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The Ford ReStart Program is need-based and is for adults who are no more than halfway through completion of a community college or university degree with considerable years of employment ahead.  

Program and Scholarship Details

Each year, up to 46 students throughout Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., are selected as recipients of the Ford ReStart Program. The scholarship award is not a set amount, but is calculated to cover 90% ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum per academic year) of each student’s college costs that are not covered by other resources (such as grants and scholarships), and his or her Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship can be renewed annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Applicants must be residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif., who are 25 years or older as of the application deadline and have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must not be more than halfway through the completion of their degree program. 

Applicants must plan to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree and to enroll full time in the fall term of the application year at a public or private, accredited, Title IV eligible, nonprofit college in their home state. Students taking online coursework exclusively and students with existing bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. 

All Ford Family Scholarship recipients are subject to a criminal background check. Awards can only be granted to recipients with a felony conviction if he or she has completed parole, probation, or any type of post‑prison supervision, and has paid any required restitution and/or court fees by August 1 of the application year. 

Graduate school funding may be an option for Ford ReStart Scholars who were awarded the scholarship as an undergraduate and who successfully completed their bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) from their degree-granting institution. For further eligibility requirements, contact the Foundation Scholarship Office. 

Selection Criteria

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • Financial need. Each applicant must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or alternate application for undocumented applicants, 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 Scholarship offers may be rescinded if an applicant's EFC changes prior to fall term of the application year and he or she no longer meets the financial need criteria.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 October 1 and must not have a rejected status at the time of the scholarship application review (mid-March).
  • Initiative and commitment to roles in school, home and/or community activities.
  • A concern for others through contributions to volunteer projects and/or family needs.
  • Good character.
  • Work ethic. Responsibility, initiative and skill-building through paid or unpaid work experiences.
  • An ability to clearly communicate personal strengths and goals both in writing and verbally
  • An ability to succeed academically in college as demonstrated by a high school or college GPA, coursework and standardized test scores. Applicants with less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA or 700 (2650 for 2002 - 2013) GED score must have a school counselor, advisor or teacher submit a Special Recommendation online as part of the application.  
  • All finalists are required to be interviewed and must submit a term-by-term education plan prior to their interview.

Tips for Completing a Ford Family Scholarship Application

  • The application is available online. 
  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 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. 
  • Log on to your OSAC Student Portal to regularly check your application status.


The Ford Family Foundation partners with Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) to administer the scholarship application. Apply for a Ford Family Scholarship at The online application is available beginning in the fall of each year.

DEADLINE MARCH 1: Your online application and related materials must be submitted by March 1*.  All eligible applications are reviewed and the most-qualified applicants are invited to individual interviews in mid-May. Applicant interviews are conducted in Eugene, Oregon. Interviewees will be required to submit a term-by-term education plan prior to their interview.

* If the OSAC Scholarship Application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be automatically extended to 5 p.m. PST of the following business day.

For More Information

The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office
44 Club Road, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
Toll Free: (877) 864-2872 • Local: (541) 485-6211
Fax: (541) 485-6223

Applications open for the 2018-2019 academic year in November 2017.

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