Frequently Asked Questions About Applying

How do I create a successful application?

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  • The application will be available online November 1.  
  • 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 your potential, what you’ve done and how you’ve already begun 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. 


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 late April. Depending on the program, applicant interviews are conducted in Ashland, Portland, Roseburg, La Grande and Eugene, Oregon; or via videoconference.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

About Ford Family Scholarship Programs

1. 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.. The Ford Sons & Daughters Program also awards students in other regions.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. 

5. Where do I get an application to apply for this scholarship?
Applications are available November 1 here.

6. When is the application deadline?
Scholarship applications and all related materials must be submitted online by March 1 of each year. If the application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be automatically extended to 5 p.m. PST of the following business day.

7. Is there a fee to apply?
No, there are no fees to apply for any scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation.

8. Do you have any helpful hints for filling out my application?

  • 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.
  • Proofread your Personal Statements before you submit your application.
  • Use the Personal Statements and Activities Chart to share what makes you unique.
  • Read the transcript requirements carefully and be sure to submit the correct transcript(s).

9. What happens if an application is incomplete by the deadline?
Complete applications must be submitted online by March 1 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.

10. 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 postprison 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.

11. 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.

12. How can I contact The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office?
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

13. Do I have to interview to receive this scholarship?
Normally, yes. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will not be conducted for the 2020 selection process.

14. When will interviews be conducted?
No interviews willl be conducted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

15. 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.

16. 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, but only with the intention of transferring and obtaining a bachelor's degree.

17. 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 have a school counselor, advisor or teacher submit a Special Recommendation as part of the online application. The Ford Sons & Daughters Program does not require a recommendation.
Additional recommendations beyond those required will not be accepted.

18. Are SAT/ACT scores required?
No, SAT/ACT scores are not required. If you wish to submit them, they will not be used in the selection process.

19. Are advanced courses (such as AP or college-credit courses) considered in the application process?
Yes. Students are required to submit their transcripts, which can include AP and/or college courses.

20. 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.

21. 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.

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