Applications are closed for the 2021-22 academic year. To accept your award and complete the scholarship agreement, please follow the link to our SurveyMonkey Apply platform. Scholarship Agreements are due before August 31, 2021.


About the Scholarship & Eligibility Requirements

The Leo Adler Foundation provides scholarships to graduates of North Powder High School and of all high schools in Baker County, Oregon. Applicants must also be residents of Baker County or the North Powder School District.  Applicants who meet the residency requirement and receive a general equivalency diploma (GED) from a duly accredited institution in Oregon or appropriate homeschool certification may also apply. Recipients qualify for up to five years of scholarship awards. Scholarships may be applied consecutively over the five-year period, or recipients may elect to save part of their eligibility for a future program of study (i.e. graduate or doctoral studies). Under special circumstances, recipients may request a deferral and postpone the award.

Am I a first-time, renewal, or returning applicant?
If you received funding last year, you would be a “renewal applicant”. However, if you took a gap year/deferral, you would be considered a “returning applicant”. All applicants will register and log-in through the SurveyMonkey Apply portal.

Selection Criteria

Applicants shall be evaluated and selected by Committee Review. Each of the following factors are taken into consideration:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Moral character and reputation for honesty and integrity
  • Commitment to completing their education
  • Community involvement
  • Recommendation letters (first-time and returning applicants only)

Leo Adler Foundation Scholarship Timeline

  • February 1 – Applications Open
  • March 15 – Recommendation Requests Due
  • April 1 – Recommendations must be received
  • April 1 – Applications Due
  • May 1 – Administrative Review is complete
  • Late May – Committee Review is complete
  • Early June – Applicants are notified of acceptance
  • Mid-June – Applicants are notified of award amounts
  • August 31 – Scholarship Agreements are due  

Required Supplemental Materials Please plan to upload your most up-to-date, cumulative transcripts or supporting documents required to demonstrate graduation or residency status following the instructions below:

First-Time Applicants If this is your first-time applying, please plan to upload:

  • High School transcript, GED, or other Homeschool Certification
  • College/University transcript(s), as applicable
  • Vocational/Trade School or other Degree/Certificate transcript(s), as applicable

Renewal Applicants If you received funding last year, please plan to upload:

  • College/University transcript(s)
  • Vocational/Trade School or other Degree/Certificate transcript(s)

Returning Applicants If some time has passed since you last applied, or if you have previously applied and have not been awarded, please plan to upload:

  • High School transcript, GED, or other Homeschool Certification
  • College/University transcript(s), as applicable
  • Vocational/Trade School or other Degree/Certificate transcript(s), as applicable

All Applicants If you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), please plan to upload your Student Aid Report. For guidance on how to view, print to PDF, or download your Federal Student Aid Report, click here to go to the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website. For help with the Oregon Student Aid Application, please click here for more information.  

Recommendations must be requested by March 15 and received by April 1. Recommendation requests automatically populate as a “task” within the SurveyMonkey Apply system. All first-time applicants or returning applicants must request and receive two recommendations to apply. Only one recommendation may be submitted by a teacher or academic advisor. Renewal applicants will not submit recommendation letters. 

Am I a renewal or returning applicant? Will I need to request recommendation letters? 
If you received funding last year, you are a “renewal applicant”. Renewal applicants do not submit recommendation letters. However, if some time has passed (i.e. you took a gap year, you used the funds for part of your undergraduate studies, medical leave, etc.) or you applied in the past and did not receive funding, you are considered a “returning applicant”. You may request a waiver for the recommendations if you received approval to delay your award within the last 18 months. All applicants will register and log-in through the SurveyMonkey Apply portal.

Short Essay Questions Applicants will be asked to answer the following three prompts in 150-300 words:

  • List two or more career goals. What or who inspires you to pursue these goals? How will this school or program help you to achieve them?
  • In your daily life, how do you contribute to making your family, school, or community stronger?
  • Describe a situation when you had to manage your time wisely. What was challenging, and what did you learn about yourself in the process? What advice would you give yourself next time?

  Scholarship Retention Criteria All scholarship recipients must:

  • Complete and sign the Scholarship Agreement, including the Consent to Release Educational Information form
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program at an accredited college, university, technical, or vocational/trade school
  • Register for full-time status and complete at least 12 credits for undergraduates (9 credits for graduates) per academic session
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 during each academic session

Should the recipient fail to enroll or withdraw, funds will be returned to the Leo Adler Foundation. If the recipient cannot maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or violate the terms and conditions of the scholarship award, the award may be revoked or conditions applied. Please note that payments are issued directly to the educational institution; scholarships are never directly sent to recipients.

Transfer and Deferral Requests If you decide to transfer institutions or need to request a deferral of your scholarship award, please reach out to us as soon as possible. Email First Republic. Some requests may be sent to the Leo Adler Review Committee for approval.

FAQ’s and additional resources will continue to be added to the website, so stay tuned!  

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