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Awards range from $700 to $5,000 per year, and the average scholarship is $1,800.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Portland Community College president Mark Mitsui holds a sign calling for more funding for community colleges.The Portland Community College Foundation is accepting scholarship applications through Feb. 1.

Awards range from $700 to $5,000 per year, with the average scholarship amount being $1,800. The foundation says it expects to reach 1,600 students in the 2022-23 school year.

Any student who plans to attend the college can apply. Scholarships are available for students of all ages, backgrounds, and majors.

According to data from the 2019-20 school year, 56% of students taking credits were 25 or younger.

The application poses two questions for 350-word essays: "What is your career goal and educational plan to meet this goal?" and, "What is your greatest strength or characteristic and how will this help you to be successful at PCC?"

Applicants also need an academic, athletic or professional reference, as well as a copy of their most recent high school or college transcript. They also should have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Oregon Student Aid Application.

Decisions will be sent out in early June, and the scholarships will be available for use in the upcoming summer, fall and spring terms for tuition, fees and books.

A second application cycle for the high school Class of 2022 will open in May.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 971-722-4382.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included a photo caption that misstated the surname of Portland Community College's president. He is Mark Mitsui. The caption has been corrected.


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