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 either a dual credit program (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. If the applicant's college credit was award through Oregon Tech, they will receive a one-year $1,500 scholarship.
How does it work?
Oregon Tech and other colleges throughout the state partner with high schools to identify courses that can be offered for college credit. 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. 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. If the college credit was awarded through Oregon Tech, students can receive up to $1,500.
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.
- 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 be fully admitted by Oregon Tech's priority scholarship deadline of March 1st, as well as complete the OWLS Scholarship Application by the same date. Applicants are still eligible for the scholarship even if they have not completed all dual credit course by the OWLS application deadline of March 1st. Students should feel free to work with an Admission Counselor to clarify the admission application process.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Linn Benton
- Mount Hood
For More Information
Contact Carleen Drago if you are interested in how to become a partner school, or accessing transfer guides and academic agreements.
Contact Julie Daniels for more information about scholarships.
Contact David Culler if you are interested in learning how to offer PLTW courses or credits for PLTW classes.
Advantages of Taking College Classes in High School
Examples of STEM Classes
- Math (College Algebra or above)
- Environmental Science
- Renewable Energy
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Science
- General Science
- Physical Geography
- Medical Sciences
- Medical Terminology
- Emergency Medical Technology
- Computer programming
- Computer Science
- Computer Systems/Computer Information Systems
- Information Technology
- Management Information Systems