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Get more money to help pay for college

Chemeketa Foundation Scholarships

There is approximately $500,000 available in scholarship and assistance funds to new and returning students each year.

About Chemeketa Scholarships

  • For quick reference, this is your Scholarship Application Link
  • Scholarships are awarded based on merit or need
    • While you will not need to apply for individual scholarships, you can see our list of current scholarships here
    • When you apply, you will just fill out one general application to be eligible for all scholarships you qualify for.
  • When you apply between February 1 and April 15, you're applying for the next academic year beginning fall term; though some exceptions may be made for summer term
  • If you are not a current student at Chemeketa, apply for admission first
  • If you are already enrolled in classes at Chemeketa, be sure your major or program of study is current in our records
  • If you are not sure about your major or program of study, indicate your intent and write about it in the essay section of the application
  • Before applying, you will need to either have applied for FAFSA or ORSAA to obtain your estimated family contribution (EFC) score
  • Foundation scholarships are open to all new or returning students, including students without a social security number

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted through April 15, 2024.

Theses scholarship windows may be your only opportunity to apply for Chemeketa Foundation scholarships. Complete just one application to be considered for our awards. If you qualify for one of our scholarships, you will be matched to that opportunity and added to a pool of finalists. Late applications will not be considered.

Steps to apply –

  • Visit
  • Log into the scholarship portal using your Chemeketa user name and password
  • Select My Applications to fill out the general application
    • You can log in to make changes to your application at any time during the application window
    • You can update your application materials at any time, until the application deadline, by selecting My Applications and clicking Update under the General Applications section
  • Eligibility depends on complete answers to all questions

If you have already submitted your application, you will be redirected to your Scholarship Opportunities Dashboard where you can review any pending scholarship offers, or any other items for review.

To begin preparing for the application, you can view the essay and short answer questions and helpful tips at any time.

Scholarship Workshops

We will be hosting virtual workshops over the application cycle to answer questions and assist you in completing our online scholarship application. Below are available times and links to attend. No need to register in advance.

2024 Remaining Virtual Workshops-

  • Monday, April 8 | 10 am - 11 am | Zoom Link
  • Tuesday, April 9 | 10 am - 11 am | Zoom Link
  • Monday, April 15 | 10 am - 11 am | Zoom Link

In-person Workshops

For in-person assistance, visit our scholarship coordinator at the Salem Campus in Building 5, Room 264 on Fridays, between 9 am - 11 am and 2 pm - 4 pm.

Award Announcement

Scholarships are awarded each year beginning in April. The Foundation will continue awarding first-round scholarships through July. Students are encouraged to continue checking their My Chemeketa email account weekly for a scholarship notification through the beginning of fall term as scholarships will continue to be re-offered throughout the year.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

While not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to write a personal thank you letter and submit a photo to share with your donor(s). These gestures mean a lot to our donors, allowing them to see the impact of their generosity and hear directly from you. If you have any concerns about providing a photo or writing a thank you letter, please reach out to the Foundation staff. We're here to support you 

You will need to maintain your scholarship requirements including enrollment level and grade point average to keep your scholarship each term.

Plagiarized letters will not be accepted. Learn more about preparing these documents –

New Scholarship System in 2023

In 2023, we launched a new scholarship system to manage applications and award notices. If you have applied for a Foundation scholarship in the past, you will notice that our new application features many of the same questions and requirements as our previous application. You will still find helpful information from the instructional video below, but please know that the application format and login process have changed.

We appreciate your patience as we work through updating our materials to reflect the changes. In the meantime, please stop by our office on the Salem Campus in Building 5, Room 264 or email us at with any questions.