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The Ford Scholars Program was created by Kenneth W. Ford (1908-1997), a founder of The Ford Family Foundation, to assist students who otherwise would find it impossible, or at least very difficult, to obtain a college degree. Mr. Ford established the Foundation to help many worthy causes, but the Ford Scholars Program was always one of his favorite projects. Each year, 125 Ford Scholars are selected.

Scholarship amount: Award covers 90% of unmet college costs and is calculated on the college’s Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships.

Applications open Nov 1, Application Deadline is March 1

Who qualifies?

  • Residents of Oregon or Siskiyou County, Calif.
  • Graduating high school seniors (or equivalent) or community college students at point of transfer as a junior and who are seeking a bachelor’s degree
  • Students who plan to enroll full time in the fall in their state of residence (Oregon or Calif.)
  • Students who have NOT already started full-time at a 4-year college

What is the scholarship?

  • Supports students who have significant financial barriers to college
  • Award amount is calculated on college cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, personal costs, etc.), minus other grants and scholarships
  • Non-financial support including academic, emotional and professional guidance and leadership development
  • Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study

how to apply

For complete eligibility and selection criteria: 
Download the Ford Scholars Handout PDF