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How do I create a successful application?

  • Check out our Prepare to Apply page to find out what information is needed to complete a Ford Family Scholarship Application.
  • Follow these helpful hints for filling out your application:
    • Treat your application like a resume. Show the selection committee your potential, what you’ve done and how you’ve already begun to make your mark in the world.
    • Do your best work. Make sure that the information you provide is complete and accurate.
    • Do not use abbreviations or slang in your Activities Chart or Personal Statements.
    • Complete all parts of the application. Review your completed application before submitting, correcting any typos in your Activities Chart and Personal Statements.
    • Use the Activities Chart and Personal Statements to share what makes you unique.
    • Submit the correct transcript(s). Without the correct transcript(s), your application will be invalidated – no exceptions. 
    • Submit your FAFSA (or equivalent) as soon as possible after October 1 and before March 1 to ensure it is available for review.
  • Apply early - application opens November 1.  


Your online application and related materials must be submitted by March 1 at 5 p.m. PST. All eligible applications are reviewed, and the most qualified applicants are invited to individual interviews in late April. Depending on the program, applicant interviews are conducted in Ashland, Portland, Roseburg, La Grande and Eugene, Oregon; or via videoconference.

What happens if an application is incomplete by the deadline?

Complete applications must be submitted online by March 1 at 5 p.m. PST or they will not be considered. If the scholarship application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be automatically extended to 5 p.m. of the following business day. Applications that have missing parts, such as a transcript that doesn’t include fall semester/term, will not be considered.

Where do I get an application to apply for this scholarship?

Applications are available November 1 here.

I am an undocumented student. Can I apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Undocumented students residing in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. who meet certain qualifications can be eligible to apply for scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation. 

I'm an international student. Can I apply for a Ford Family Foundation scholarship?

Yes, if you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and intend to become a permanent resident of the United States. For more details about undocumented student eligibility to apply for The Ford Family Foundation Scholarships, click here.

Do I have to interview to receive this scholarship?

Yes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually (Zoom) for the 2021 selection process.

Are SAT/ACT scores required?

No, SAT/ACT scores are not required. You may submit them, but they will not be used in the selection process.

Are advanced courses (such as AP or college-credit courses) considered in the application process?

Yes. Students are required to submit their transcripts, which may include AP, college courses and/or other accelerated learning credits. Recognizing that not all students have access to these types of courses, such courses are considered within the context of where an applicant lives and attends school. Students without access to these types of courses are not penalized.

What is the FAFSA and do I need to complete it to receive a scholarship?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to receive any federal financial aid (such as the Pell Grant, State Grant, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan, etc.) and to qualify for many scholarships.

A completed FAFSA is required to apply for the Ford Scholars, Ford Transfer, Ford Opportunity, or Ford ReStart Programs. You are not required to complete a FAFSA to apply for the Ford Sons & Daughters Program, but you may wish to do so for other financial aid opportunities. Access the FAFSA at

Undocumented students may complete a similar form here:
For more details about undocumented student eligibility to apply for The Ford Family Foundation Scholarships, click here.
Or please call our Scholarship Office toll free (877) 864-2872.

Is there a fee to apply?

No, there are no fees to apply for any scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation.

Do I need a reference to apply for a Ford Family Scholarship?

Applicants for the Ford Scholar, Ford Transfer, Ford Opportunity or Ford ReStart programs with less than a 3.00 cumulative GPA or 660 (2650 for 2002-2013) GED score must submit a Special Recommendation form completed bya school counselor, advisor or teacher. This is part of the online application. The Ford Sons & Daughters Program does not require a recommendation. Additional recommendations beyond those required are not accepted.

I am not planning on enrolling fall term/semester. Can I defer the scholarship until January of next year?

No, you must enroll in the fall of the year you are awarded the scholarship. 

Do I have to attend college full time to receive the scholarship?

Yes, you must enroll full time in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term/semester. Fifteen credit hours is recommended.

If I plan to attend a community college, am I still eligible for the Ford Scholars Program?

A recipient in the Ford Scholars Program may attend a community college with the intention of transferring and obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Can I attend college online with a scholarship from The Ford Family Foundation?

It depends on the scholarship program. The Foundation believes in the value of residential and campus-based programs. Recipients are generally expected to enroll full-time in such a program.

  • Recipients of the Ford Scholars and Ford Transfer Scholars programs are expected to attend full time on campus. Allowances will be made for limited online coursework at their federal financial aid granting institution, if needed. No more than 50% of a course load in a term or semester may be online.  
  • Recipients of the Ford Opportunity, Ford ReStart, and Ford Sons & Daughters scholarships may engage in online programs providing the courses are approved for funding by an eligible, accredited institution granting federal financial aid in their home state. The Foundation still strongly encourages that recipients take as many classes as possible on campus, providing connection to resources and opportunities.

Does the Foundation provide scholarships for children who want to attend a K-12 private or parochial school?

No, the Foundation's scholarship awards are available only for post-secondary education.

Will the Foundation accept scholarship applications from students who come from metropolitan areas?

Yes, the Foundation accepts applications from students throughout the state of Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., however the priority is for rural students. The Ford Sons & Daughters Program also awards students in other regions.

I'm from a small, rural school. How can I compete without the advantages that many students from more urban areas have access to?

The Foundation’s selection committees take a very holistic approach to reviewing applications; they are trained to recognize that students from rural areas may not have the same opportunities as students from larger metro areas. They take into account the applicant’s location and what may be offered at their school and in their community.

I know I want to go to college, but I'm unsure about my college major. Should I still apply?

Even without a clear major in mind, students just beginning college should apply. You should be able to express how you will approach college, choose a major and explore career options. Students already in college are expected to have a more clearly defined plan.

I have been convicted of a felony. Am I eligible to apply for a Ford Family Scholarship?

Yes, you are eligible to apply. However, awards can only be made 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. All Ford Family Scholarship applicants are subject to a criminal background check. Selection committees may consider the number, type, and time elapsed since the convictions.

May I contact The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office with questions?

Yes, we welcome questions! You may write, call, or e-mail with questions:
The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office
44 Club Road, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401 
Toll Free: (877) 864-2872 • Local: (541) 485-6211


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