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.
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.
- If a student has received a Project Lead the Way Scholarship they will NOT be eligible for the OWL scholarship.
- Transfer students are NOT eligible for the OWL scholarship.
- Freshman dual enrollment applicants may apply. If you are a dual applicant please contact Julie Daniels 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.