Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
No, the Foundation's scholarship awards are available only for post-secondary education.
Yes, you must enroll full time in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term/semester.
No, you must enroll in the fall of the year you are awarded the scholarship.
Apply through Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) website using the online application at www.OregonStudentAid.gov.
Scholarship applications and all related materials must be submitted online by March 1 of each year. 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.
No, there are no fees to apply for any scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation.
- 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).
Complete applications must be submitted online by March 1 or they will not be considered. If the OSAC 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.
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.
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 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 www.fafsa.gov.
You may write, call, e-mail, or fax 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
Fax: (541) 485-6223
Yes, the selection committee must interview all selected applicants in order to award scholarships.
Selected candidates will be sent a letter inviting them to participate in an interview in April. Interviews will be conducted in late April or May and awards will be announced by late May. Interview locations depend on the program and applicant's state of residency.
Recipients are expected to enroll full time in residential or campus-based programs. However, distance education or online courses may be included if the courses are approved for funding by an eligible, accredited Title IV eligible institution and only if they do not exceed more than half the course load in a term or semester.
Recipients are not eligible for undergraduate Ford Family Scholarship funds if they are taking distance learning courses exclusively.
A recipient may attend a community college, but only with the intention of transferring and obtaining a bachelor's degree.
Applicants for the Ford Scholar, Ford Opportunity or Ford ReStart programs 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 as part of the online application.
The Fords Sons & Daughters Program does not require a recommendation.
Additional recommendations beyond those required will not be accepted.
Although applicants are not required to submit their SAT/ACT scores, they are highly encouraged to as satisfactory scores demonstrate an ability to succeed in college.
Yes. Students are required to submit their transcripts, which can include AP and/or college courses.
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 his/her school.
Even without a clear major in mind, you should apply. You should be able to express how you will approach college, choose a major and explore career options.