OWLS Program

OWLS Program

What is the Oregon Tech OWLS Program?

The OWLS program provides a unique scholarship opportunity for Oregon Tech-bound students who obtain at least 9 science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) college credits through dual high school/college credits in their high school, expedited on-site college classes or Project Lead the Way engineering and technology credits by exam. Students who are admitted to Oregon Tech and meet the OWLS criteria receive a one-year $1,000 scholarship.

How does it work?

Oregon Tech works with partner high schools to identify courses that can be offered for dual credit in the Advanced Credit Program (ACP). The courses must meet the standards and outcomes of a college-level course and the teacher must be qualified to teach at the college level. They work with a mentor professor from Oregon Tech. Partner high schools can also arrange for their students to take courses on Oregon Tech’s campuses through High School Transition (HST), or students can demonstrate proficiency at a college level by taking exams in their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. STEM college credits may also be acquired at other accredited colleges and universities that are transferrable to Oregon Tech.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any incoming freshman student who achieves 9 or more college credits in a science, technology, engineering or math course, with at least a grade of B or better, may apply for admission to the Oregon Tech OWLS program. Applicants must have just finished high school and are applying for fall term admission. Students who meet Oregon Tech’s admissions standards and can demonstrate successful completion of 9 or more STEM college credits will be admitted to Oregon Tech and receive a $1,000 OWL scholarship for one year.

Along with the Oregon Tech admissions application, interested students should fill out the OWLS Scholarship application (available online early December 2012).

The OWLS program is open to all incoming freshman students; resident or out-of-state students may apply. OWL scholarships may be awarded in addition to other scholarships. Students just need a desire to work collaboratively and want to pursue the dream of a career in health sciences, engineering, information technology, or other interesting fields that rely on good math and science skills.

*Please note:

  1. If a student has received a Project Lead the Way Scholarship they will NOT be eligible for the OWL scholarship.
  2. Transfer students are NOT eligible for the OWL scholarship.
  3. Freshman dual enrollment applicants may apply. If you are a dual applicant please contact Jessica Ormond for Oregon Tech credit requirements and information on pro-rated scholarships.

What are the program deadlines?

Students must apply by March 1st for Oregon Tech Admission to the OWLS Scholarship even if they have not completed all dual credit course to be eligible. All Oregon Tech-bound students are encouraged to apply for admission, financial aid, and scholarships by the priority deadline of January 1st. Students should feel free to work with an Admission Counselor to clarify the application process.

Get in touch with Admissions.

Who are Oregon Tech's Partner Schools and Colleges?

Oregon Tech is currently identifying its partner schools based on proximity to our Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses, involvement in our STEM Partnerships, and alignment of high school courses with Oregon Tech degree programs. Schools with a science, engineering or technology emphasis areas are obvious potential partners, as well as schools near Oregon Tech campuses and schools that have chosen to teach Project Lead the Way (PLTW) as their engineering curriculum.

PLTW Schools

  • ACE Academy (Portland)
  • Beaverton Health & Science School
  • Benson High School (Portland)
  • Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences
  • Dallas High School
  • Glencoe High School (Hillsboro)
  • Lake Oswego High School
  • Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego)
  • Liberty High School (Hillsboro)
  • Mazama High School (Klamath Falls)
  • McMinnville High School/EASA
  • McNary High School (Salem)
  • North Salem High School
  • Roosevelt HS/Power Academy (Portland)
  • Silverton High School
  • Woodburn High School

PLTW School Locator

Non-PLTW Schools

  • Arts & Technology High School (Wilsonville)
  • Canby High School
  • Eagle Ridge High School (Klamath Falls)
  • Gladstone High School
  • Henley High School
  • Klamath Union High School
  • Lakeview High School
  • Tigard High School
  • Tualatin High School
  • West Linn High School
  • Wilsonville High School
  • Wilsonville Christian Academy

Current partner community colleges

  • Clackamas
  • Chemeketa
  • Klamath
  • Linn Benton
  • Mount Hood
  • Portland
  • Rogue

For More Information

Marla Edge

Marla Edge, Director of Academic Agreements

OfficeDOW E217
Fax541.885.1320
Contact if interested in how to become a partner school, or accessing transfer guides and academic agreements.
Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas, Director of Admissions

OfficeCU110E
Fax541.885.1024
Contact if interested in understanding the admissions process and how advanced credits may impact admission decisions.
David Culler

David Culler, Program Director

OfficeBH164
Fax541.885.1411
Contact if interested in learning how to offer PLTW courses or credits for PLTW classes.
Brandy Brown

Brandy Brown, Articulation & Dual Credit Coordinator

OfficeDOW - Room E213
Fax541.885.1320
Contact for general inquiries.
Jessica Ormond

Jessica Ormond, Scholarship Officer/Financial Aid Counselor

OfficeCU110
Fax541.885.1855
Contact for details on scholarships and financial aid.