The Glenn Jackson Scholarship Program
The Scholarship was established in 1986 for the dependents of employees and retirees of the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. College-bound high school seniors may apply for the scholarship. Contributions to the fund have been made by employees of both departments, as well as family, friends, and business associates of the late Glenn Jackson. No state money goes into the scholarship fund.
Application and Award Process
College-bound high school seniors, who are dependents of current, regular status Oregon Department of Transportation or State Parks and Recreation employees or retirees, may apply for a Glenn Jackson Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded annually to sons and daughters of employees who have been at their Departments for at least three years. Applicants must be eligible for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students at any accredited 2- or 4-year college.
Amount of Award
The award can vary from year to year as the fund balance fluctuates. New scholarships were awarded at the $3000 level for the 2015-16 school year. Previous recipients were awarded $2500 in their initial and following years of eligibility.
Eligible institutions include any 2- or 4-year, public or private non-profit college institution that is eligible to participate in the federal Title IV student financial aid programs.
Terms of Eligibility
Awards will be made on an annual basis. Awards may be received for a maximum of twelve quarters or their equivalent; however, awards at a two-year institution are renewable for no more than six quarters (or equivalent).
Interested persons may apply by submitting an Oregon Student Assistance Commission Application no later than March 1. Applications are available at the Oregon Student Assistance Commission web site.
Selection and Notification
The Oregon Student Assistance Commission verifies applicant eligibility and evaluates applicants based on their academic record, leadership qualities, community and school activities, and financial need. The Commission provides a final list of the top-ranked applicants to the Jackson Scholar Coordinator for final award.
Seasonal Employment Opportunity
Oregon Department of Transportation offers seasonal job opportunities for summer work, if work is available, to Glenn Jackson Scholars who want to work for the Department. Students can gain a working knowledge of the Department and learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of service to the citizens of Oregon. Students should contact the ODOT Human Resources office in early spring to request assistance in finding a position.
Printable Information Brochure
Payroll Deduction Drive
What is the status of the fund?
Our goal is to continue to increase the fund balance and ensure the program remains financially secure. Current funds will provide for five scholarships for the 2015-16 school year and renewed eight previous recipients as they continued in the program. This is a departure from the past when only one or two scholarships were awarded each year. So, your contributions are instrumental in providing more scholarships for our graduating dependents!
How can you help?
You can help by participating in payroll deduction (for as little as $2/month) or by making a one-time donation. Simply complete the form below, fold and mail (the address is on the back). Send one-time donations to the same address (make checks payable to: Glenn Jackson Scholarship Fund).
Payroll Donation Form.
This is a great way to help our leaders of tomorrow get the education they need to be successful.
For more information about the Glenn Jackson Scholarship program, call or write:
Oregon Department of Transportation
Human Resources, MS12
355 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3871