What's New?

2014 ASPIRE Fall Conference

ASPIRE's annual Fall Conference will take place on Friday, October 3rd at Lane Community College in Eugene. Register by September 15th at: https://secure2.osac.state.or.us/aspirefallconf/

Future Teachers Go to the Head of the Class

Fostering exceptional new teachers is the goal of the new Education Celebration Scholarship, made possible by the Oregon 529 College Savings Network. The scholarship will fund senior undergraduates and community college transfer students who are pursuing K-12 teaching degrees. First available in 2013, the scholarship is open to all Oregon students, including current educators pursuing master's degrees.

For Michael Parker, the Network's Executive Director, investing in quality teachers is paramount to the continued success of Oregon's educational reforms. "The Education Celebration is our campaign to promote and highlight the importance of education in Oregon," he said. "We hope that this new scholarship will increase quality educational opportunity, both to strengthen and sustain the teaching profession and to work toward our continued goal of Oregon students attaining a postsecondary education."

The new Education Celebration Scholarship is among the 450+ scholarships included in the OSAC scholarship application, at app.OregonStudentAid.gov.
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ASPIRE and the Oregon College Savings Plan Team Up to Raise Awareness About College Funding Opportunities

ASPIRE and the Oregon College Savings Plan teamed up in December and January and took a “College Funding” seminar on the road visiting Eugene, Bend, Corvallis, Ashland, Portland, and Beaverton. During a two-hour seminar, community members learned about the Oregon 529 College Savings Plan, how to write a competitive OSAC Scholarship Application, and heard about federal financial aid. Future events will be posted on OSAC’s calendar. To learn more about the Oregon College Savings Plan, visit OregonCollegeSavings.com.

Podcasts!!!

The Oregon Student Access Commission is pleased to introduce a series of podcasts devoted to topics of interest to students, adult learners, families, and other key audiences on a wide range of topics such as; finding funds for college, applying for scholarships, filing for education tax credits and refunds, and much more!

Visit OSAC's podcast page now to begin listening.

Options for ASPIRE Logo Gear!

ASPIRE is now offering many new logo items from shirts and sweatshirts, to tote bags, note cards and lanyards.

ASPIRE gear makes great recognition gifts for volunteers and students

ASPIRE Listserv

You are invited to join the new ASPIRE Listserv! The information on this listserv will be limited to ASPIRE related topics. Joining the listserv means you will receive bulletins with the latest ASPIRE related information, such as scholarship updates, college fairs, etc. You will also be able to use the listserv to share ideas with fellow ASPIRE volunteers. Only listserv members may submit messages.

Visit ASPIRE Listserv to learn more and sign up!