The Chance to Become Scholarship Program is aimed at students that might not be eligible for a typical scholarship. In most cases these students are considered to be average students and are generally not catered to by other scholarship programs. They may be students whose families cannot or will not pay for their continuing education. They might be students with a special talent or they may have overcome behavioral or personal problems. This program aims to give them the start they need to be successful in life.
A $5,000 scholarship is given to a student over two continuous school years, $2,500 each year. The program will pay for expenses associated with attending a four-year college or university, a community college or a career school for a professional trade certificate. However, programs like Beauty College or Aviation schools for a private pilots license will not be supported. The Columbia Learning Center will make the decision which other alternative courses of study will not be eligible. Scholarship funds will cover tuition, books, fees and living expenses, depending upon the needs of the student.
Students may not apply for this scholarship. The faculty and administrative staff at all Columbia County high schools submit deserving students names to the Chance to Become Scholarship Committee, which then selects the students eligible to receive this scholarship. Students may be generally aware of this program and can express a desire to continue their education to a teacher or counselor. Often students may be more apt to apply themselves to their high school studies knowing through this program they may have a chance to continue their education beyond high school.
A faculty or admin staff member at the High School nominates the student for their drive, desire to continue their education, special talent or other special reasons.
Scholarship recipients will be selected without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
Recipients must be respected by their peers as well as by high school faculty and staff.
Grades are not a determining factor although a cumulative grade point average above 2.5 is desirable.
All Chance to Become sponsors are anonymous. Their donation is for personal satisfaction. They believe a Chance To Become was offered in their lives in some way and want to return the gift by giving deserving students their own Chance to Become.
The sponsors will not receive any public recognition for their contributions. This program is not about the sponsors, but about the scholarship recipients. The sponsor’s reward comes from within.
The sponsors have no input regarding selection of recipients.
No extrinsic benefit will be derived from this program by any of the sponsors or their relatives.
By accepting this scholarship, the student commits to someday return the favor to another deserving student perhaps through this same program.
Since the program is non-judgmental, the program respects the decision of the student to continue or not.
To continue participation, the student must:
- Be a full-time student as defined by the institution.
- Provide Columbia Learning Center with their most recent grade report each grading period.
- Express reimbursement needs consistent with program intent.
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA. If grades fall below a 2.0, one grading period is granted to correct their GPA or they will not be allowed to continue in the program.
- Demonstrate satisfactory progress in non-graded apprenticeship programs, as certified by the instructor.
How to Help
If you would like more information or would like to donate to the Chance to Become Scholarship Program, please contact us:
Columbia Learning Center
PO Box 1094
St. Helens, OR 97051
email: mkchristensen@ colcenter.org
Or drop by the Columbia Learning Center main administration office located at:
375 S. 18th St
St. Helens, OR 97051
The Columbia Learning Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations to this program may be 100% tax deductible. Tax ID# 93-1165080