Ford Opportunity Program

For parents and adult learners

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The Ford Opportunity Program was originally established by Hallie E. Ford (1905-2007), a founder of The Ford Family Foundation, to assist single parents in obtaining a college degree. The program has expanded to include all parents of any age and other adults over the age of 25. Single parents are still strongly encouraged to apply. Up to to 96 renewable scholarships are awarded each year to students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. 

Scholarship amount: Award covers 90% of unmet college costs and is calculated on the college’s Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships.

Who qualifies?

  • Residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, California
  • Parents of any age (single parents strongly encouraged to apply)
    Adult learners over the age of 25 as of March 1 of the application year
  • Students seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree at an eligible public or private (nonprofit) college and have not previously earned a bachelor’s degree
  • Students with at least one year remaining in their degree program
  • Students who plan to enroll full time in their state of residence (Oregon or California)

What is the scholarship?

  • Supports students who have significant financial barriers to college
  • Award amount is calculated on college cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships
  • In addition to a generous financial award, Scholars receive academic guidance, leadership development, personal and professional support, and access to the Ford Family alumni network
  • Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study

How to apply

For complete eligibility and selection criteria: 
Download the Ford Opportunity Handout PDF

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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

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