Scholarship Essay Prompts 2012 Ford

The Ford Family Foundation offers a suite of financial and program resources in Oregon, Siskiyou County, Calif., and, in some cases, other regions. Many recipients enthusiastically declare that the Scholarship Programs are about “so much more than the money.” Our selection committees strive to select recipients whose past and potential are worthy of special support. We work to develop a long-term relationship with such students – not simply to bestow a scholarship.

Four different programs


We look for applicants of all ages with unique attributes who may not have had the encouragement, the opportunity or the financial means to attend or to complete their higher education. These candidates demonstrate an understanding of the value of work, taking responsibility, giving back and helping others.  

Undocumented residents who meet certain qualifications are eligible to apply for scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation. Learn more »


Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Nov 1, 2017Applications open
March 1, 2018*Applications due
May 1, 2018All interviewees selected
May 2018Interviews
June 1, 2018All awardees announced

* If the OSAC Scholarship Application deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will automatically be extended until 5 p.m. PST of the following business day.

Which program should I apply for?

Review our four programs to determine which one may suit you best:

The Ford Scholars Program is open to 1) graduating high school seniors, and 2) community college students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree and are ready to transfer to a four-year college. This program is offered in both Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. Learn more »

The Ford Opportunity Program is designed for single parents who are "head of household" and who are seeking an associate or a bachelor’s degree. This program is offered in both Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. Learn more »

The Scholarship Program for Sons and Daughters of Employees of Roseburg Forest Products Co. serves dependents (21 years of age or younger) of employees of Roseburg Forest Products Co. This program is offered in Oregon, Siskiyou County, Calif., and other regions. Learn more »

The Ford ReStart Program supports adults, age 25 or older, beginning or returning to full-time post-secondary education in a degree program. This program is offered in both Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. Learn more »


Ford Family scholarships are designed to support students in full-time, on-campus coursework. Distance learning courses or online courses can be part of the regular class schedule as long as these courses do not exceed more than half of the course load. Students taking distance learning courses exclusively or living outside of their home state will not be eligible for Ford Family scholarship funds. Additionally, students with existing bachelor’s degrees are not eligible. Please review each program carefully for more detailed information about the selection process and criteria.

How to Apply

The Ford Family Foundation partners with Oregon's Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) to administer the scholarship application. Apply for a Ford Family Scholarship at The online application is available beginning in the fall of each year. Consult the OSAC website for application materials and additional information about financial aid and scholarships.


The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office
44 Club Road, Suite 100 | Eugene, OR 97401
Toll Free: (877) 864-2872 | Local: (541) 485-6211
Fax: (541) 485-6223

Four Scholarship Programs

Apply for the Joyce Ford Newell Scholarships

Next Move Jamaica International, Inc. (NMJ International), a not-for-profit New York State registered 501c foundation is pleased to announce their annual scholarship programs with the Joyce Ford Newell Scholarships for high school students in Jamaica. 

Founded in 2012, Next Move Jamaica International, Inc. (NMJ International) empowers Jamaican families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships, bursaries, school supplies, resume and interview preparations and support services to as many exceptional Jamaican students as possible.

Download Application Forms Here

About the donor

Chris A. Grant is the founder and CEO of, a scholarship solution from Next Move Jamaica Limited (NMJ). Mr. Grant is awarding these scholarships in memory of his grandmother – Mrs. Joyce “Ms Joyce” Ford Newell. Mr. Grant grew up in Trinityville, St Thomas, attended the Trinityville Primary School and successfully matriculated to Seaforth High School then the University of Technology Jamaica. He is also the co-founder of Next Move Jamaica International Limited with his wife Lisa Atkins.

Gender: male and female Region: St. Thomas, Jamaica

Value: JMD$15,000  Number of award(s): Four (4) 

Scholarship Deadline: August 4, 2017                  Areas of study: Secondary school enrollment in St. Thomas 

How to Apply

  • Download the Joyce Ford Newell Scholarships application form here. 
  • Review the scholarship advertisement brochure here.

Joyce Ford Newell Scholarships Eligibility

Jamaican Nationals enrolled in any local high school in the parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica. Applicants must submit a comprehensive essay of no more than 300 words on the following topic via email to

Students will be selected for the Joyce Ford Newell scholarships based on several key components:

  • Completed application forms with the following documentations:
  • Comprehensive essay responses to the questions below indicating the essay topics.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher, pastor or a principal.
  • High School Transcript and a completed resume

Essay Topic:

What will you do after graduating high school to make Jamaica a better place to live in?

Scholarship Criteria

Awards will be based on academic performance in end of term exams and/or through verifiable financial need. A panel consisting of the donor will select short-listed candidates. Evidence showing recent volunteer service will be a plus.

Additionally, scholarships and grantsmay also include but are not limited to sponsoring an entire school, class or individuals, to potentially receive tuition, books, uniform, and transportation. Our ultimate goal is to encourage young Jamaican graduates to stay in the country and make a difference.

Use of the scholarship money from Joyce Ford Newell Scholarships must ONLY be used to cover the cost of tuition and other educational expenses. The awards will be paid directly to the college of acceptance after the awardee presents proof he/she can and will cover the difference in their tuition cost.

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