Local Scholarships 2015Listed here are the local scholarship opportunities for the CHS Class of 2015. Each application lists the requirements for their award. The applications are "fillable" pdfs. You can type your information into the cover sheet & print it off. You can type your essays in a separate document. Pay attention to the tips in the previous blog entry.

Any questions? Ask in the Counseling Office.

1. American Legion Post #122 Trade Scholarship - This scholarship is for the child or grandchild of a veteran, who is planning to pursue a career in a "trade" - plumbing, electrical, construction, welding, truck driving, heavy equipment, agriculture, landscaping, culinary, mechanic, etc.

American Legion Trade Scholarship App 2015

2. American Legion Auxiliary Past President's Scholarship - This scholarship is the for the child or grandchild of a veteran or Auxiliary member.

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship App 2015

3. Bob Rapp Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is for a student who has played softball who plans to attend Clackamas Community College.

Bob Rapp Memorial Scholarship App 2015

4. Canby Booster Club Scholarship - The Booster Club sponsors two scholarships for students who have been involved in school activities.

Canby Booster Club Scholarship App 2015

5. Canby Education Association Scholarship - This scholarship is for future teachers.

Canby Education Association Scholarship App 2015

6. Canby HS Art Department Scholarship - This is a scholarship for students who are interesting in studying art. See Mrs. Dorsey in Room 801A if you have questions.

Canby HS Art Department Scholarship App 2015

7. Canby Junior Basketball Association Scholarship - This is a scholarship for students who played at least 3 years of Canby Jr Basketball. Playing high school basketball is not a requirement.

Canby Jr Basketball Scholarship App 2015

8. Canby Kiwanis Scholarship - The local Kiwanis club gives up to ten scholarships per year to students who have been involved in community service.

Canby Kiwanis Scholarship App 2015

9. Canby Lions Scholarship - The local Lions club sponsors scholarships for students going to 4-year schools as well as scholarships for students going to a 2-year school.

Canby Lions Scholarship App 2015

10. Canby Rotary Scholarship - The Rotary Foundation sponsors three scholarships. They all use the same application.

Canby Rotary/Canby Telcom/Richard Brown Scholarship App 2015

11. Canby Telcom Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Rotary Foundation and is for students living in a home served by Canby Telcom. It uses the same application as the two other scholarships sponsored by the Rotary.

Canby Rotary/Canby Telcom/RIchard Brown Scholarship App 2015

12. Richard Brown Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is given by the Rotary Foundation to a senior who is going to a small college in Oregon. It uses the same application as the two other scholarships sponsored by the Rotary.

Canby Rotary/Canby Telcom/Richard Brown Scholarship App 2015

13. Canby Track & Field Scholarship - This scholarship is for student athletes who participated on the CHS track & field team.

Canby Track & Field Scholarship App 2015

14. Cutsforth Family Education Scholarship - This is a scholarship for future teachers.

Cutsforth Family Education Scholarship App 2015

15. Earl & Sabina Oliver Scholarship - This is a scholarship that focuses on grades, activities and goals.

Earl & Sabina Oliver Scholarship App 2015

16. Howard Giesy Scholarship - This scholarship is designed for the "non-traditional" scholarship applicant. The focus is on students who have faced significant obstacles to their education--for example: learning disabilities, chronic illness, pregnancy, having to learn a second language, family issues with drugs or alcohol, very low income, etc.

Howard Giesy Scholarship App 2015

17. Michael Miller Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is for varsity athletes.

Michael Miller Scholarship App 2015

18. Mike Rogers Trade Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the American Legion for the child or grandchild of a veteran, who is planning to pursue a career in a "trade" - plumbing, electrical, construction, welding, truck driving, heavy equipment, agriculture, landscaping, culinary, mechanic, etc.

Mike Rogers Scholarship App 2015

19. Norm Christiansen Scholarship - This scholarship is given by the Canby Volunteer Firefighters for students who are planning a career in emergency services or a medical field.

Norm Christiansen Scholarship App 2015

20. 91 School PTO Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the 91 School Parent-Teacher Organization for any student who attended 91 School for at least 3 years.

91 PTO Scholarship App 2015

21. Sons of the American Legion Scholarship - This scholarship is for the child or grandchild of a veteran.

Sons of the American Legion Scholarship App 2015

Local Scholarships Tips 2015
As you complete your local scholarship applications, please keep the following in mind:

✔ All local scholarships need UNOFFICIAL transcripts with Tri 2 grades on them. It’s best to order them BEFORE Spring Break.

✔If you need letters of recommendation, make sure to provide the person with your activities list and give them at least TWO WEEKS to write a good letter. Again—ask before Spring Break. (The letter of recommendation request form is on a previous blog entry.)

✔ Follow scholarship directions EXACTLY. If you don’t, you may not even be considered.

✔ You will have to change the format of your activities list and you may have to adjust your essays for each scholarship. Make sure you are providing EXACTLY the information requested in EXACTLY the format requested.

✔ Put your name on every page of your application materials.

✔ Double check and make sure you have included everything requested for the application and nothing extra. More is NOT better.

✔ Do not bother putting applications in special folders or envelopes. These will be discarded before the applications go to the selection committees.
Letter of Recommendation Request FormWhen you ask a teacher/boss/coach, etc for a letter of recommendation, please keep the following things in mind:

- Give at least 2 weeks time to write a good letter
- Make the request in writing
- Include a resume or list of activities during high school
- You CANNOT have a relative write you a letter of recommendation

Below is a "fillable" PDF of a Letter of Recommendation Request form that you can type in & print to give to the adults who will write your recommendations. The second page is an Activities List that you can use if you don't already have a resume or activities list.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

February Scholarship OpportunitiesLots of good scholarship opportunities this month. This cover page has information about upcoming events.

Feb 2015 Scholarship Cover Page

Here is the list of scholarship opportunities.
Feb 2015 Scholarship List


Further FAFSA DetailsDependent vs. Independent Student status

More info on Dependent vs. Independent

Who is my "parent"?

Loan Forgiveness for Public Service
FAFSA BasicsWe encourage ALL students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the gateway for all need-based financial aid. Students work with their parents to fill in the FAFSA online. Based on the information you provide, students can be awarded any combination of grants, loans and work study. Filling the FAFSA does NOT obligate you to take any of the aid offered--you can always refuse, but you never know what you'll get unless you file the FAFSA!

Here is a link to the FAFSA website. You can take a look any time, but you can't file the FAFSA until January 1st of the year you plan to start college. FAFSA

Do You Need Money for College?

What is a PIN & why do I need one?

What information do I need to file the FAFSA?

Steps to Financial Aid

January Scholarship ListHere is the list of scholarship opportunities for January 2015.


The cover page for the January scholarship list has information about testing deadlines and upcoming opportunities for Seniors.

January 2015 Scholarship Cover Page
General Financial Aid Information"Financial Aid" means any help with paying for college. Financial aid can be loans, grants, scholarship or work study programs. The best source of need-based financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Below is some basic information about Financial Aid.

Here are a couple of videos on how to fill out the FAFSA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRyXfUStHO0

This is a link to information about the different types of aid available through FAFSA.
Types of Aid Available

For more information on types of loans available through FAFSA, click this link.
Types of Loans

For more information about financial aid scams, click this link.
Financial Aid Scams

For information about financial aid opportunities for non-citizens, click this link.
Aid for Non-Citizens
December Scholarship ListBelow is a list of upcoming scholarship opportunities. Paper copies of this list are available in the Counseling Office and the Career Center.

Dec 14 Scholarship List

This cover page including important dates and information about the CHS/CCC FAFSA information Night. Check it out!

Dec 14 Scholarship List Cover Page
November 2014 Scholarship OpportunitiesHere is a list of scholarship opportunities for the month of November. This cover sheet has information about upcoming SAT & ACT deadlines as well as colleges visiting CHS and helpful websites.

November 2014 Scholarship Cover Page

The actual list of scholarships is divided into 2 parts. The first part is new scholarships. That is followed by a "Previously Listed" section. Both sections are listed in order of deadlines.

November 2014 Scholarship List
NCAA Eligibility InformationNCAA Eligibility Guide

NCAA Eligibility Video

NCAA Eligibility Center Registration Guide


NCAA Eligiblity Brochure

NCAA Eligibiity Requirements

Approved CHS Core Courses

New Division 1 Requirements

The NCAA Eligibility Center recently launched a website specifically dedicated to educating students and parents about the new NCAA Division I eligibility standards for 2016 and beyond. Visit http://2point3.ncaa.org

NCAA Student Athlete Guide on Rules & Regulations
Community Service-Extended ApplicationFill in this form to document your community service hours. Remember all students at Canby High School must document 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement.

CHS Community Service Documentation

So what counts as community service? Basically anything where someone is being helped, as long as the student is not getting paid, it is not required for specific class credit, and it is not for a family member.


The following are documents to explain the requirements for the (EA) Extended Application:

EA Checklist

EA Documents

EA Teacher Scoring

EA Class Opportunities
College TestingFour year colleges require students to submit either ACT or SAT scores. The ACT is the American College Testing program. The SAT is the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The tests give colleges an indication of a students academic readiness for college level instruction. Most schools accept scores from either test.

Both tests assess students in three sections (English, Math, and Writing). The ACT also includes a fourth section, Science. The SAT is considered a reasoning test, so some of the test measures a student's ability to think through new or novel situations. The ACT is considered an achievement test, so it only measures what curriculum students have learned and retained. The SAT has scores ranging up to 800 in each of the three sections, for a total possible score of 2400. A good score for the SAT is 1500 and higher. The ACT has scores ranging up to 36 in each of the four sections, and they also give a composite or average score. A good score for the ACT is 22 and higher.

A student can take the tests as often as they would like, however 2-3 times is on average when scores are the highest. Most colleges will combine the best sub-scores from multiple tests to get a best representation of a student's ability. Test preparation usually improves test scores, and options vary from self-prep to test prep classes to simply taking the PSAT (Practice SAT) and reviewing results.

It is recommended that top students take the SAT or ACT for the first time at the end of their junior year. Then they can take the test a second time, if so desired, in the early fall of the senior year. This will allow time for the student to have scores sent to colleges between December - February, when most college applications are due.

To register for the SAT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/

To register for the ACT, and/or get prep materials, go to http://www.actstudent.org/index.html

Other Self-prep options include acquiring prep books from the public library or local book store, or visiting sites, like http://www.number2.com/
or Khan Academy
or http://www.testprepreview.com/
or http://www.actexampracticetests.com/
or http://www.kaptest.com/
or students can access Peterson/s Test Prep through the CHS created CIS Portfolio, http://oregoncis.uoregon.edu/login/login.aspx

For prep classes, students can sign up for classes from:
Saturday Academy
Portland Community College Community Ed - Test Prep
Freshmen Four Year Course PlansCounselors will present Four Year Course Planning Information to all freshmen students during freshmen English classes sometime within Trimester 1 & 2 of this school year.

Four Year Course Planning is important for the following reasons:

-To learn and plan for high school graduation requirements
-To learn and plan for college entry requirements
-To learn and plan for Honors Diploma and/or College Credit classes
-To meet State Of Oregon Graduation Requirements (as part of an Educational Plan & Profile)

Most of the information emphasized is from our CHS Academic Planning Guide

Students are shown the typical progression of academic classes through the following flowcharts:

English & Math Flowchart

Science & Social Studies Flowchart

The students course plan is started on a document called the MAPP (My Academic Plan & Profile), and then the MAPP is updated every year in high school, through 10th grade Future Focus Classes, and 11th and 12th grade Advisory Groups.

See the document here,




ASPIRE Program InformationASPIRE is a program which trains adult volunteers to give students one-to-one assistance with completing post high school planning activities (career research, college apps., scholarships, financial aid forms, etc.). Referrals to ASPIRE come from the student or their Academic Counselor. Students decide what they want help with, and are assisted through the CHS Career Center.

See the CHS Career Center Website: CHS Career Center

And the link to ASPIRE: ASPIRE Page

Oregon University System (OUS) InformationFor information about the Oregon Public Colleges,view the following slide show:
Choosing an Oregon Public University

For specific information regarding Oregon Public Colleges (Admission Requirements, Application deadlines, Preview Dates,etc.), view the following:
Oregon University System Viewbook
October Scholarship OpportunitiesEach month in advisory, Seniors will receive a list of available scholarships. The list will also be posted on this blog. Paper copies of the list will be available in the Counseling Office and the Career Center.

This cover sheet lists upcoming college visits and a list of good scholarship search websites.

Oct 2014 Scholarship List Cover Page

Here is the list of available scholarships.

October 2014 Scholarship List
Advisory ProgramThe CHS Advisory Program is an extension of the Comprehensive Guidance and Education Program. The program provides important information to support the success of all students. Advisors also serve as additional support personnel for students. The goals of the program are as follows:


(1) Increasing students’ self-monitoring of their school progress
(2) Increasing students’ knowledge of specific graduation requirements
(3) Improving students’ knowledge of and access to post high school info
(4) Improving student goal setting and personal planning
(5) Increasing student utilization of school resources

CONTENT: (White Notebooks)

Through approximately twenty yearly advisory sessions, over four years, students review:

(1) Transcripts, State Assessment Reports, CHS Grade Reports, Attendance Reports
(2) Graduation and Portfolio Requirements (Credits, Career Related, Other)
(3) Reasons to Stay in School, College Degrees, College Testing, Scholarships, etc.
(4) Forecasting, Career Information & Resources, Updating Career Plans & MAPPs
(5) How to get help (Math & English Labs, etc.) & How to make up credits

The Advisory Topics are as follows:
2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Freshman Advisory Topics">2014-2015 Sophomore Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Junior Advisory Topics

2014-2015 Senior Advisory Schedule

College Admissions and ApplicationsWhat Kind of Students are Colleges Interested In?
You don't need to be a “brain.” You do need to show a willingness to learn. You don't have to have lots of money. You do need to be willing to work. You don't have to be an outstanding athlete. You do need to be involved in a variety of activities. Colleges are interested in a well-rounded individual who has participated in many areas of high school life. The best advice we could give is to get involved—join—participate—learn.

What are My Choices?
Generally speaking, all colleges fall into one of two categories: State-Supported Colleges —
institutions which are supported by public funds and tax monies; or Independent Colleges and

Universities which are institutions that are not supported by tax money. The schools may be church affiliated or totally independent of both state and church support.

State-Supported colleges and universities in the state of Oregon are either 2- or 4-year schools. The 2-year schools are all community colleges. They offer a wide variety of special vocational training programs, as well as college transfer programs of study.

Usually the state-supported colleges and universities, whether 4-year institutions or community colleges, are less expensive than independent or private colleges. This is because they are tax supported. All state-supported 4-year institutions will be very similar in cost for any Oregon resident. The variations are minor and are detailed in the specific college catalog. The programs available will vary quite a bit; again, this is where the college catalog or website comes in. Conversely, many independent or private colleges will be more expensive, but able to offer a more attractive financial aid package because they are not state supported.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER..when choosing a college

•What are the costs for tuition?
•Room and board? Are there other fees?
•How much did costs increase from last year to this year?
•Is there a difference in the costs for in-state and out-of-state students?
•Are accepted students required to place deposits for tuition and housing? Are these refundable?
•By when must accepted students decide whether they will attend?
•Are deposits required each year for returning students?
•When do the bills have to be paid?

•Where is the college located (city, suburb, small town, rural setting)?
•What is the surrounding community like?
•Is the college public, private, church affiliated?
•What is the current student enrollment?
•What special or unique programs are offered?
•Does the college have general education or course distribution requirements? What are they?
•Does the college have special programs for transfer students?
•What is the academic calendar (semesters, quarters)?

•What is the average age of the student body?
•What is the male-to-female ratio?
•What percent of students reside on-campus?
•Are dorms co-ed or single sex?
•Is it a "suitcase college" where all the students leave on the weekends?
•What are the procedures for selecting a roommate?
•What are some of the rules and regulations that govern campus and dormitory life?

•What percent of students receive financial aid based on financial need?
•What percent of students receive scholarships based on academic ability?
•What would be a typical financial aid package for a freshman?
•What percent of those who apply for financial aid receive it?
•Will my financial aid be adjusted if my need increases?
•What are financial aid application procedures and deadlines?
•When are financial aid applicants notified of their awards?
•How long do they have to respond? Is there a tuition payment plan?
•Are there campus jobs available? Are there off-campus jobs as well?

•Where do the majority of students come from?
•Do most of the students commute or live on-campus?
•What types of student activities are there? Are sororities and fraternities on-campus?
•What athletic programs are available?
•Is the surrounding community supportive of the college?
•Does the college have a campus visitation program?
•Is housing available / guaranteed for freshman? Is it available for all four years?

•What high school courses are required?
•Are entrance tests required? Which ones' What scores are acceptable?
•Is a certain grade point average or class rank required?
•Will my activities and school involvement be considered?
•Is there an essay on the application? Is it read?
•Is there an early decision or early action plan?
•On what basis are applicants accepted?
•Are personal interviews or letters of recommendation required?
•Do certain majors have special requirements?
•What percent of applicants are accepted?
•Can admission denials be appealed?
•What are the application filing dates?

•What is the average class size? Largest? Smallest?
•How many students in last year's freshman class returned for their sophomore year?
•What was the grade point average for the freshman class last year?
•What is the college's procedure for student orientation, class placement and scheduling? Are classes guaranteed?
•How is a faculty advisor assigned to students?
•What services does the school offer for the student who is undecided about a major?
•How many students complete a degree? What are the most popular majors?
•Are students taught by full-time faculty members, graduate assistants, or a combination of both?
What types of additional services are provided by the school at no additional cost to the student (e.g. tutoring, career and personal counseling, developmental reading and study skills workshops, job placement)?

Is there an honors program? What are the qualifications for entry?
Compiled from various sources by the National College Fairs Staff

Summary of the College or School Application Process

1. Do the groundwork. Look at websites, review catalogs, write for information, visit campuses, and seek advice from people who have experience and/or expertise in this area.
2. Take the appropriate admissions tests.
3. Decide where you wish to apply. Many schools provide on-line applications and may waive
application fees. Check the school's website.
4. Make sure that you meet the admission requirements for the program that you want.
5. Request letters of recommendation if needed. Give your references at least 2 weeks notice. Provide references with a written list of your interests and activities.
6. Submit the admission application by the date required. Be sure to include all supporting data such
as transcripts, references and personal statements or essays.
7. Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 st , in order to start the financial aid process. Applying on-line usually results in quicker response.
8. Apply to each school for financial aid and scholarships.
9. Apply for local and other financial aid and scholarships.
10. Confirm admission by sending in any required deposits.
11. Apply for on-campus housing.
12. Make an appointment with the institution's Financial Aid Officer.
13. Attend orientation, if offered.
14. Register for classes.
Online OpportunitiesMany colleges and universities offer classes online. In some cases, you can even earn an entire degree online. Take a look at the following websites for more information.