Gorge Scholars is a tuition waiver program available to eligible high school graduates. Gorge Scholars receive full tuition waivers for up to eighteen credits per term, for up to two years. (Books, fees and miscellaneous expenses are not included.) Columbia Gorge Community College is commited to offering Gorge Scholar tuition waivers for at least two years, but reserves the right to modify or terminate the program at any time. At the end of the pilot period, CGCC will conduct an analysis and determine the future of the program.
- Student will graduate from a high school within CGCC's service area or be a registered homeschool student living within the service area of an eligible high school.
- Have earned a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.30 or better. (Homeschooled students must earn a minimum composite ACT score of 27 or SAT combined score of 1200.)
- Earn the required minimum scores on CGCC's placement test or equivalent:
- Placement into "No Reading Required," or successful completion of RD 115 (with a grade of "C" or better)
- Placement into WR 121 or successful completion of WR 115 (with a grade of "C" or better)
- Placement into MTH 95 or successful completion of MTH 65 (with a grade of "C" or better)
- Enroll full time (12-18) credits at CGCC in fall term immediately following high school graduation or diploma completion. Graduates who join the military within three months of graduating will retain eligibility so long as they enroll at CGCC within six months of being discharged.
Students maintain eligibility for up to two years and can receive the tuition waiver by:
- Continuously enrolling (fall, winter and spring terms) in at least 12 credits; and
- Maintaining a CGCC GPA of 3.25 or better; and
- Performing eight hours of documented community service
When may I apply?
Applications for fall 2015 will be available Monday, February 9, 2015 and accepted until noon on July 31, 2015.
Which high schools are eligible?
Eligible students must graduate from one of the following high schools, or be home school students living in an area serviced by those schools.
|Arlington High School||Arlington||OR|
|Columbia High School||White Salmon||WA|
|Condon High School||Condon||OR|
|Dufur High School||Dufur||OR|
|Glenwood High School||Glenwood||WA|
|Goldendale Christian School||Goldendale||WA|
|Goldendale High School||Goldendale||WA|
|Hood River Valley High School||Hood River||OR|
|Horizon Christian School||Hood River||OR|
|Klickitat High School||Klickitat||WA|
|Lyle Jr-Sr High School||Lyle||WA|
|Mitchell High School||Mitchell||OR|
|Sherman County High School||Moro||OR|
|Sonrise Academy||The Dalles||OR|
|South Wasco County Jr-Sr High School||Maupin||OR|
|Spray High School||Spray||OR|
|Stevenson High School||Stevenson||WA|
|The Dalles Wahtonka High School||The Dalles||OR|
|Trout Lake High School||Trout Lake||WA|
|Wheeler High School||Fossil||OR|
|Wishram High School||Wishram||WA|
I graduate in June; may I apply now?
Yes. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your completed application as soon as possible. Even if you have not yet graduated, you may submit transcripts from the most recent term you completed.
Are classes I take in summer term covered by my Gorge Scholars waiver?
The summer prior to your first fall term is not covered. However, you may take up to 18 credits during summer term between your first and second year in the Gorge Scholars program.
What GPA is used to determine my continued eligibility in the program?
You must maintain a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.25 or above to remain in the program. For example, if you finish any term with a cumulative GPA below 3.25, you will become ineligible for Gorge Scholars waivers in future terms.
I am a veteran. How do I verify my military service?
Provide a DD-214 with your application.
May I repeat a course without penalty?
Yes. Your Gorge Scholars waiver may be used to cover a repeated class. Check with your advisor for degree requirements. Additionally, if you are receiving federal financial aid, repeating a course may have an impact on your financial aid status.
Can my AP, CLEP, or other non-traditional credit be used in place of equivalent eligibility requirements?
Yes, provided you have completed the non-traditional credit process, and those classes are transcripted.
I graduated last year, am I eligible?
No. Eligibility is not retroactive. You must enroll in the program in the fall term immediately following completion of high school.
I am earning a modified high school diploma, am I eligible?
No, students must earn a regular high school (or home school) diploma to be eligible.
I have a 3.29 or 3.299 cumulative GPA, am I eligible?
The GPA threshold for eligibility is 3.30. Because 3.299 rounded to the nearest 100th decimal point is 3.30, 3.299 meets the requirement. A 3.29 GPA does not meet the requirement.