Scholarships

We’re proud to call Oregon home and to serve our neighbors in the community.

Each year, we award scholarships to pioneering young adults beginning or continuing their college career. For more information about each scholarship—two offered by Pioneer and one offered through our partner, the Foundation for Rural Service—click on the links below.

Pioneer Academic Scholarship

Pioneer Academic Scholarship

Pioneer Connect is proud to offer scholarships to young people in our community pursuing higher education. Students are welcome to consider applying for the Academic Scholarship or our Community College Scholarship (though, you cannot apply for both in a single year).

The Pioneer Connect Academic Scholarship is a scholarship designed for students beginning or continuing education in an undergraduate program at a two – or four-year university or technical vocational school.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be a member or an immediate relative of someone who is a participating member of Pioneer Connect (you could be a spouse, son, or daughter of the member)
  • Your primary place of residence must be located within the Pioneer Connect serving area
  • Be currently enrolled in or applying for admission to an undergraduate program in an accredited community college, four-year college or university, or vocational technical school (You may be enrolled part-time or full-time)

Materials needed for complete application:

  • Provide three letters of recommendation from individuals other than family members
  • Provide legible copies of all high school and college or technical school transcripts
  • Provide a copy of the applicant’s latest SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Submit all information requested on the application form and sign the certification at the end of the application
  • Click here for a summary of information you will need to complete the online application

Additional information:

  • An applicant is eligible to receive the scholarship a maximum number of two times
  • After the award is made, the scholarship funds will be directly submitted to the institution of higher education in the name of the scholarship recipient
  • The completed application and all supporting documentation must be submitted/received no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship award

The Board of Directors will choose scholarship recipients based on this criteria:

  • Scholastic achievement – 25%
  • Extra-curricular activities, accomplishments and recognition received – 15%
  • Career and educational goals – 20%
  • Personal Statement – 25%
  • Financial need – 5%
  • Open book quiz – 10%

The Academic Scholarship is an online submission only—you can begin your application through our online system below.

DEADLINE: Application must be submitted no later than March 31, 2020, by 4:30 p.m.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship award.

Note: There is no time limit to the application process. However, the application will not be saved along the way. Be sure to have enough time to finish it or you will have to start back at the beginning. 

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Pioneer Community College Scholarship

Pioneer Community College Scholarship

Pioneer Connect is proud to offer scholarships to young people in our community pursuing higher education. Students are welcome to consider applying for the Academic Scholarship or our Community College Scholarship (though, you cannot apply for both in a single year).

The Pioneer Connect Community College Scholarship is a scholarship award for students beginning or continuing their education at one of three local community colleges (listed below).

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be a member or an immediate relative of someone who is a participating member of Pioneer Connect (you could be a spouse, son, or daughter of the member)
  • Your primary place of residence must be located within the Pioneer Connect serving area
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled or applying for admission to Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC), Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC), or Lane Community College (LCC) for one of the following degrees (You may be enrolled part-time or full-time):
    • Associate of Arts
    • Associate of Science
    • Associate of Applied Science
    • One-year certification 

To complete your application:

  • Submit the online application below, showing:
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Accomplishments
    • Recognition received
    • Hobbies
    • Jobs held
    • Career and educational goals
  • Provide legible copies of all high school and college or technical school transcripts
  • Take the “open book” quiz

Additional information:

  • The completed application and all supporting documentation must be submitted/received at the headquarters office of Pioneer Connect no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship award.

The Community College Scholarship is an online submission only—you can begin your application below.

DEADLINE: Application must be submitted no later than March 31, 2020, by 4:30 p.m.

Note: There is no time limit to the application process. However, the application will not be saved along the way. Be sure to have enough time to finish it or you will have to start back at the beginning.

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The Foundation For Rural Service Scholarship

The Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship

The Foundation for Rural Service offers an annual scholarship program to help further higher education among youth from rural communities. FRS awards one-time $2,500 scholarships to students from rural America to help with their first year of higher education, whether that’s college, university, or a vocational-technical school.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • United States citizen
  • Sponsored by Pioneer Connect
  • Be accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school
  • Have at least at C grade point average (GPA)
  • Express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation

Application Instructions (see application link for more details):

  • Completed application form
  • Transcript (7 semesters)
  • 500-800 word essay on “What field or major do you intend to enter and how might it impact your rural community?”
  • Educator’s statement
  • Sponsorship from Pioneer Connect
  • Letter of recommendation from community leader other than an educator

Visit www.FRS.org/student for full instructions on how to create an account and for all necessary materials required.

  • Make sure to have all necessary materials before beginning the application process. (You may have to re-upload documents if you start the application and leave the page without submitting.)

Program Guidelines

Must have all items on checklist completed to be considered.

Application must be submitted to FRS no later than March 6, 2020.

Questions? Call Pioneer at 541-929-3135 or 1-888-929-1014.

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