Philippine American Chamber
of Commerce of Oregon (PACCO) Scholarship Program
The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of
Oregon (PACCO) awards scholarships of up to
$1500 each.Applicants need to be
students of Filipino-American descent according to scholarship guidelines and
must graduate from high school or earn a GED the year the scholarship is awarded
from the following public school districts or alternative schools: Portland
Public, Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, and Reynolds.
Youth have the option of entering a two year or
four year college. Youth that are low-income or youth that have barriers to
success are the targeted population. Youth must attend one of the Future Connect
college partner institutions: Portland Community College, Clackamas Community
College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University or Lewis and
PACCO Scholarship committee selects recipients
based on the above criteria. For complete eligibility information and/or to
download an application form, visit the PACCO Web site.
Education Department Releases
Updated Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to Provide Students with Additional
Transparency in College Costs
2,000 schools have voluntarily committed to using the Shopping Sheet
The U.S. Department of Education has released an updated version of the
administration’s financial aid model award letter, known as the Shopping Sheet,
and announced that nearly 2,000 institutions of higher education have
voluntarily committed to using this important consumer tool.
Unveiled in July 2012, the Shopping Sheet is a resource developed jointly by the
Education Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to make
it easier for students to understand the type and amount of aid they qualify
for, and easily compare aid packages offered by different higher education
institutions. The Shopping Sheet gives students a standardized, yet personalized
form that clearly spells out – before students enroll – how much grant money
they will receive and how much they may need to take out in loans to cover
out-of-pocket expenses. When the tool was released in 2012, Secretary Duncan
open letter to college and university presidents asking them to voluntarily
adopt the Shopping Sheet, to replace or supplement their financial aid award
letters for the 2013-14 school year.
“I am pleased to report that nearly 2,000 institutions – representing 8.1
million undergraduates– have now voluntarily committed to using the Shopping
Sheet,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Shopping Sheet helps
prospective students navigate the often daunting process of selecting and paying
for higher education. Providing students and families with clear,
easy-to-compare information about college costs is an important part of the
administration’s efforts to improve college access and affordability.”
Since the Shopping Sheet’s initial release, the Department has received feedback
from students, guidance counselors, and financial aid administrators on ways to
modify the Shopping Sheet, which are now reflected in the revised version,
effective in the 2014-15 school year. In addition to minor language changes to
improve clarity, the Shopping Sheet has added a glossary to better explain
financial aid terms. A detailed breakdown of the updates is available in a
new blog post by the Department.
While the primary goal of the Shopping Sheet is to enable students and families
to better compare aid offers between institutions, it also provides a host of
outcome information about each school, including graduation, loan default, and
median borrowing rates – all aimed at providing as much information as possible
to make informed decisions about where to attend college.
The Obama Administration has set a goal for our nation to lead the world in
college completion by the end of the decade, and making college more affordable
is critical to reaching that goal. The revised Shopping Sheet announced today
is one of several consumer disclosure tools developed by the Obama
Administration to ensure that students are equipped with the information they
need when investing in higher education. Others tools include the
college affordability and
financial awareness counseling tool, and the
financial aid toolkit.
Scholarships available for AAPI students to attend
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), a nonprofit
organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian American and
Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, offers the APIASF
Community College Scholarship Program.
APIASF’s opportunity offers scholarships to AAPI students
enrolled at select community colleges. The awards, which range from $2,250 to $5,000, are available to full-time, degree-seeking AAPI students.
Applicants must be of AAPI ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Department of
Census and be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United
States or a citizen of the U.S. Freely Associated States. Submission of a Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is also required, although
applicants do not necessarily need to be recipients of federal financial aid to
be eligible for the APIASF Community College Scholarship Program.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance offers scholarships
The Portland Lodge of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance offers scholarships
The lodge offers Fred G. Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors in
Oregon and Clark County, Washington as well as Tiffany Wang Arts Scholarships,
which provide funding for summer arts programs to two students in grades nine
For complete information and to download an application, visit <www.cacaportland.org>.
Forms can also be requested by calling (503) 221-8773 or e-mailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
OCA scholarship applications
OCA — a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, economic,
and political wellbeing of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) — accepts
applications for its OCA-AXA Achievement, OCA-UPS Gold Mountain, and OCA-Verizon
To be eligible for the OCA-AXA Achievement and OCA-UPS Gold Mountain
scholarships, an applicant must be a current APA high school senior entering
their first year of college, demonstrate financial need, be a permanent resident
or U.S. citizen, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a
The OCA-Verizon College scholarship is available to current third- or
fourth-year undergraduates studying technical majors.
The OCA-UPS Gold Mountain scholarship is intended for APA students who are
the first person in their family to attend an institution of higher education.
The OCA-AXA Achievement scholarship is geared toward students who have dedicated
time to community service and demonstrated leadership ability.
‘O.H.A.N.A. Foundation offers Kulia I Ka Nu’u Scholarship
The ‘O.H.A.N.A. Foundation scholarships annually. With funds raised from the foundation’s annual hula
exhibition, "E Ala E," the organization is able to present its Kulia I Ka Nu’u
The Aloha, Oregon-based nonprofit, along with several local outreach and
nonprofit organizations, focuses on community development and sharing Hawaiian
"‘Ohana, which means family, has a deep and focused meaning in Hawaiian
culture, and it is through this partnership with local organizations that the
foundation is able to share ‘ohana with the community in pursuit of its mission
to increase awareness of the Hawaiian culture through song, dance, and
language," said ‘O.H.A.N.A. Foundation chairperson Leialoha Ka’ula.
Scholarships are awarded to
graduating high school seniors enrolling at a two- or four-year accredited
post-secondary institution in the state of Oregon or Hawai’i. To learn more, e-mail <email@example.com>
or visit <www.ohanapdx.org>.