Orange Coast College is very pleased to announce the establishment of the Sue and Bill Gross Career & Technical Education (CTE) Scholars Program, which is made possible through a generous gift to the Orange Coast College Foundation from the Sue & Bill Gross Foundation. The Sue & Bill Gross CTE Scholarship is available to:
Students enrolling in a qualifying CTE program in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, AND
Current OCC students who will be completing a qualifying CTE certificate program in either the fall or spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
Determination of the Award Amount:
The maximum award amount of the scholarship is up to but shall not exceed $2,700 per student per year, applied in the 2019-2020 school term.
The scholarship will be applied to qualifying expenses (see below) of a CTE program at Orange Coast College that are not otherwise covered or paid for by local, state or federal student financial aid programs or other scholarships.
The actual amount of the scholarship award to each recipient will vary; the amount awarded, up to the maximum allowance, will be determined by each recipient’s financial aid award, if any, the total costs of the CTE program and the student’s eligibility in each semester of the 2019-20 school term. NOTE: The “expected family contribution” stated on the financial aid award letter will be considered as “unmet financial need” for the purposes of this CTE scholarship.
NOTE: The scholarship funds will be held in an account at Orange Coast College and distributed on behalf of the student by direct payment of eligible expenses such as registration costs, fees, books and supplies whenever possible. No cash will be given to the student except by way of reimbursement for eligible costs and expenses paid in advance by the student.
Qualifying expenses to which the scholarship can be applied include:
- Registration fees and costs for enrolling at OCC
- Books (including digital curriculum materials such as software or online resources)
- Costs associated with career work experience such as internship and/or directed practice
- Other college or program-related expenses (e.g., necessary tools, uniforms, equipment, etc.) as designated by the OCC faculty coordinator of the student’s CTE program, EXCEPT room and board or “living expenses”
In order to qualify for the scholarship, students enrolling for the first time at OCC must:
Show a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on their high school or previously-attended college transcript;
Have successfully completed at least one course in a CTE pathway or program at their high school or college previously attended (includes courses offered by the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) corresponding to the CTE program they are entering at Orange Coast College);
Apply to Orange Coast College and obtain a student ID number prior to graduating from high school;
Have completed all program pre-requisites and be academically prepared to begin their designated CTE program immediately upon enrollment. (For HS students this can be demonstrated by grades of B or better in 11th and 12th-grade college-prep level English and Math classes, a score of “Proficient” or above on SBAC or other standardized tests in Math and English/Language Arts in 11th grade, or letter of recommendation from an English or Math teacher;
Meet with a CTE counselor at OCC by the end of the second week of the term for which they intend to apply their scholarship funding to establish a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) naming a qualifying CTE program as their major. Note: scholarship funds will not be released until the education plan is on file.
In order to qualify for the scholarship, students continuing at OCC in a qualifying CTE program must:
Enroll in 12 or more units in their designated CTE Certificate Program in summer or fall of 2019;
File a FAFSA and have unmet financial need stated on the financial aid award notification letter verified by the OCC Financial Aid Office (Note: “expected family contribution amount will be considered as unmet financial need for the purposes of this scholarship); OR
Submit a California Nonresident Exemption Request, which states that the student meets all the requirements and qualifies for AB 540 non-resident status, and therefore does not qualify for state or federal financial aid; Note: Undocumented students may qualify under this provision
Meet with a CTE counselor at OCC by the end of the second week of the term in which they begin their CTE program, and establish a comprehensive SEP naming a qualifying CTE program as their major;
Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher during each semester of the school term for which they have received a scholarship award;
Have a comprehensive SEP on file at OCC OR meet with a CTE counselor at OCC by the end of the second week of the term for which they intend to apply their scholarship funding to establish a comprehensive SEP naming a qualifying CTE program as their major. Note: scholarship funds will not be released until the SEP is on file.
Application and Selection Process
To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit the official Sue & Bill Gross CTE Scholars Program application provided by Orange Coast College (see the Application tab), and the personal statement described on the application. Applications that do not include the personal statement may not be considered.
Recipients of the Sue & Bill Gross CTE Scholars program will be selected by the CTE program coordinator(s) and a CTE counselor (“the committee”) through a competitive application process. The scholarship selection committee should review all applications and create a prioritized list of all students from their respective program(s) who are recommended to receive the scholarship.
For each recommended student, the committee should provide:
- The student’s full name and student ID number
- A copy of the original application
- A copy of the personal statement
Documents may be submitted in person to Thao Ho in the Office of Career Education (Watson Hall, 3rd Floor) or by email to Thao Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org on or before August 2, 2019
Upon receipt of the application and committee recommendations, the Orange Coast College Office of Career Education and the Orange Coast College Foundation will make final award determinations. Applicants will be notified of their eligibility and/or their selection as a scholarship recipient by the end of September 2019.
Note: The actual amount of the award, up to the maximum of $2700, will be determined as set forth above, according to the student’s individual financial need, total costs of the student’s CTE program and the student’s continuing eligibility throughout the school term. Questions should be directed to: Thao Ho, at email@example.com
, or (714) 432-5619.