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College & Career
Instructor: Ms. Martin and Mr. Rich, TRIO staff from SWOCC   
Welcome to your one-stop site for all you need to know about scholarships and planning for life after high school!
Plan Your Path After High School
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
Beat the Odds Scholarship – extremely early due date: September 12, 2017. See more information in "Scholarship Documents" at the bottom of this page.
Rolling: Christian Connector random drawing - ongoing
Important Announcements
SENIOR NIGHT - Sept. 18, 6pm
Financial Aid Night and so much more! Join us in the Pacific Auditorium for an abundance of what you need to know your senior year...FAFSA, scholarships, graduation information and much more.
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"College Essay Guy" online classes
Mrs. Ramsay wanted you to be aware of this special opportunity.
Ethan Sawyer, AKA the College Essay Guy (
Ethan Sawyer Bio), will be working with students to guide them in their college essay and supplemental question writing this summer! Consider participating in a one-week Personal Statement Bootcamp at an amazingly affordable rate that he has offered Reedsport students.

He’s leading two courses, each tackling a different set of essays:
One-Week Personal Statement Boot Camp - July 17-23 (Covers the Common App essay)
How to Write Amazing Supplemental Essays - July 24 -28 (Covers the supplemental essays)

Ethan will help you brainstorm, outline, and write your college essays so you can finish EVERYTHING before senior year starts.
Can’t make those dates? No problem. Sign up anyway, as recordings will be sent out the day after each session, which you can access whenever you’d like.
Use coupon code RCCS3 at the websites listed above to get any of the courses for $3 (Normally $297). Yes, you read that correctly. Reedsport seniors have been offered an amazing opportunity!
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2017 graduates
RCCS 2017 Graduates - info for after you graduate
You have graduated! Congratulations!

Don’t forget to follow through with the following:
  1. Are you planning to attend an Oregon Community College this fall? If so, have you finished your FAFSA? If not, do it right away. You still might be eligible for assistance. It is too late to apply for the Oregon Promise grant.
Fall Applicants: The final deadline to complete an Oregon Promise application was July 3. OSAC should have announced any award amounts you were eligible for via your student email, in August. Learn more at www.OregonPromise.org.

*2017-18 funding amounts for Oregon Promise depends on the approval of the Oregon Legislature.

  1. Did you receive a scholarship this spring to be used for your 2017-2018 school year? If you haven’t contacted each of those scholarship organizations with a thank you note, do it now. You may get the scholarship organizations’ addresses from the school office.
  2. Once actually starting classes, you will need to finish the scholarship process. To do so you must send your name, proof of college attendance, and your student ID number to each organization that has offered you a scholarship. If you have questions about this, contact the RCCS College & Career Center. (Past scholarships have been forfeited unknowingly, when step 3 wasn't completed.)
FAFSA - You may begin submitting Oct. 1
FAFSA is important!
Seniors, even if you do not think the FAFSA will be useful to give you federal financial aid, did you know that many private scholarship organizations require that you submit a FAFSA before they will consider you for their scholarships?
If you or your parents have questions or need assistance, come see Mr. Homenick or someone in the College & Career Center. We want to help you get as much financial aid as possible to pay for your college or vocational/trade school education.

Check out 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes to avoid when doing your FAFSA. Go to:
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/09/12-common-fafsa-mistakes/?utm_content=sf49100713&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=spredfast&utm_campaign=Federal&sf49100713=1
SAT & ACT scores critical
SENIORS- SAT or ACT scores are required for some scholarships.
Do not wait to take your tests.
Juniors- now is the time to register for the SAT or ACT. Juniors often take one test in the Spring, as a baseline, and then take it again early in the fall of their senior year to raise their scores.

Test fee waivers may be available for most students. Some restrictions apply. See Mr. Homenick, Mr. Rich or Mrs. Ramsay for more information.
College Visits
Now is the time to visit college campuses. Ask yourself what you are looking for in a school. Make a list of things you want to find out about. Then phone and visit schools.
If visiting isn’t possible, take virtual tours!
http://www.ecampustours.com/
Many different colleges are offered. See panoramic views of different places around the campus of many schools. Once you have narrowed your search to a few schools, call them. Speak to an Admissions Rep from each school. Ask lots of questions. Need more help? Come visit us in the College & Career Center.
A Facebook Game That Helps You Plan for College

Straight from the University of California, FREE Facebook game called Mission: Admission.This interactive game allows students to virtually experience the demands of the college application process and empowers them with the skills and knowledge they need to apply, get into, and pay for college – before they do it in real life when it counts. Students guide their avatars through the process of meeting with college advisors, choosing the types of schools to apply to (including four-year, community, and technical colleges), scheduling community service and sports activities, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and requesting recommendation letters.

Scholarship Documents
 Local 2017 Scholarships with Individual Applications
List of individual local scholarships not on the Local Common Application, their eligibility requirements and applications. Watch due dates. Many of these applications are due on April 26th but some may have earlier due dates.
 2017 OSAC Scholarships for RCCS Seniors.docx
This is a list of OSAC scholarships that Reedsport students might be eligible for. Rather than searching through the 500+ OSAC scholarships available to students throughout all of Oregon, search here for possible OSAC scholarships focused more on Reedsport students. Once you find what you are eligible for, be sure to return to your OSAC application and click the 'Apply' button for each of those scholarships.
 2017 RCCS Local Common Application 2016-17 - Writable PDF.pdf
This file contains the 2017 Common Application used by many of our local scholarships. This file also describes each scholarship's requirements. Please note this year's due date will be - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by 3:00pm. Watch your time & date carefully. Late applications are not accepted.

If you find that the Common App is not opening in a ‘writable’ format, please try opening it in a different browser (example: Internet Explorer or Chrome).
 Beat the Odds Scholarship.docx
Beat the Odds Scholarship - deadline – September 12 – which is just a few weeks into our new school year. $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year, renewable for up to four years) for students who are succeeding in school despite challenges such as poverty, homelessness, disability, or personal tragedy.
 Horatio Alger Association Scholarships 2017-18.docx
Horatio Alger Scholarships due Oct. 25
 Ladies of Elks Scholarships and information packet.docx
Ladies of Elks is now closed- Any male or female high school senior who plans to pursue continuing education through an accredited college, university or vocational educational program may apply.
 SWOCC Foundation Scholarship has closed.docx
SWOCC Foundation Scholarship Application closed March 1, 2017. If needing financial assistance for SWOCC, speak to their Financial Aid office directly.

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