Southwestern Scholarships

The Southwestern scholarship application cycle is currently closed. It is open annually from January 1 – March 1

Thanks to the continuous support of our generous donors, the Southwestern Foundation will awarded $150,000 in direct scholarships this year. Even with these scholarship awards, there are many additional students in need of financial assistance with tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

Many of our students are recent high school graduates. Many others are non-traditional students attending college later in life, while working and raising families. Each year, approximately 3,000 students attend Southwestern full-time. Of those students, 92 percent qualify for some form of financial aid. In addition to direct Foundation scholarships, the College also provides approximately $800,000 annually in direct assistance and tuition waivers to students attending Southwestern.

Your gifts to scholarships and programs through the Foundation most importantly support our students, but gifting also demonstrates your commitment to education and ensuring our communities thrive.

Questions? Contact the Foundation:

Email us 
541.888.7209
Tioga Hall, Room #503

Grossman Emergency Scholarship

This scholarship is for students on the Coos and Curry campuses who are experiencing an emergency situation that would prevent them from attending current classes. Prefence is for students pursuing business studies. There is a $250 maximum award per student per academic year.

Grossman Application

Olive Bridge Emergency Scholarship

This scholarship is for students on the Coos and Curry campuses who are experiencing a surmountable and temporary emergency situation that would prevent them from attending current classes. Preference is for students pursuing health care-related studies. There is a $500 maximum award per student per academic year.

Olive Bridge Application


Testimonials

Carlee Nielsen

Carlee Nielsen

Linda L. Kallgren Nursing Scholarship Recipient

Nursing is so much more than just a job. It is a lifestyle: a lifestyle of helping those in need. Thank you for helping me in my time of need! This scholarship helps me to repay that generosity to others in the future.

Eyob Imlach

Eyob Imlach

MLK Jr. Scholarship Recipient

I appreciate everything that you have done for Southwestern Oregon Community College by funding this scholarship. … I have been playing soccer all of my life. It is one of my biggest passions. It is my goal to progress not just on the biggest stage in the world but also off the soccer pitch. As I improve my education I would also like to pursue music, because music moves people.

Elise Ryan

Elise Ryan

Smullen Scholarship Recipient

If you have a dream and you are willing to work hard to achieve it, there should be nothing and no one holding you back. To quote Rocky Balboa, ‘If you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth.’ I am so thankful to you for helping me to try and get what I know I’m worth, and I know your contribution to my goal will be an essential stepping stone in getting me that much closer to it.

Cameron Lucero

Cameron Lucero

Oregon Lottery Scholarship Recipient

I am very appreciative of your donation and am grateful for the opportunity and your donation will hugely impact my life. … I plan to go into the education field and hopefully become a principal or athletic director for a local high school or college.

Darcie Gutierrez

Darcie Gutierrez

Bezzerides Scholarship Recipient

I began researching what it would take for me to return to school at almost 40 years of age with a family, a full-time job and my husband as a commercial fisherman. The scholarship you have granted me will be an essential part of my ability to cover the expenses related with attending Southwestern. I am forever grateful for the honor that you have given me.

Boyd Bjorkquist

Boyd Bjorkquist

2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Today, we know that for most young people to pursue the careers that will provide them with a reliable and financially secure future they need education beyond high school. Scholarships are vital to ensuring people can go to college and improve their future. You can help. I encourage you to take a step and support scholarships through the SWOCC Foundation in whatever way you can.

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