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1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 842-3670
Fax: (541) 842-5206
Contact: Dan Smith, Principal
Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

College Tips

Tip #1

When, Where and How To Apply for Scholarships

First off, the earliest deadlines for scholarships usually hit in October – well before any college application is due. Almost all are due before March – before many students will have heard from the majority of their schools. Most are online. See the North Medford High School scholarship page:
One of the little-known keys to getting a scholarship is how you think of it:
In other words, separate the scholarship money from the academic application process. Scholarship money will usually follow wherever you go – if you’ve got it in place. To that end, make sure you know the due date of each scholarship you’re applying to – and try to get your application in early.
Scholarships usually accept applications post-marked by the deadline – but you absolutely don't want to shave it that close. Why? Because if there are any errors or other problems to correct, you have no safety margin. What’s more, some scholarships dole out money on a first-come, first-served basis.
That means, the earlier you apply, the better your chance.
Next, make sure you aren’t wasting time on the wrong scholarships – an easy trap to fall into, considering the number of scholarships out there.
First, make a list of your academic or other unique qualifications and apply only to scholarships for which you’re a solid fit. In other words, be realistic about your chances, relative to other potential applicants. There is no limit to the amount of scholarships you can receive, so don’t overlook scholarships with smaller award amounts. They can add up!
Finally, as you get further along in the process and you’ve got a school in hand, make sure you know the rules of your particular financial aid office.

  • Some schools will take any outside scholarships you receive and subtract that from financial aid grants.
  • Some schools will subtract scholarships from student loans, or work-study programs.
  • Some schools may even allow you to subtract scholarship money from your expected family contribution (EFC), allowing you to receive even more financial aid.
Keep in mind, these differences aren’t small changes in the accounting ledger. They can mean a swing of thousands of dollars in aid. Make sure you know the rules well, and make your scholarships work for you in the most efficient way.

Tip #2

Great Questions To Ask on College Campus Tours

What can I expect from living in the dorms?
Are they clustered together, or spread throughout campus? How easy is it to get from one to the other – and is it a safe walk? Single-sex or coed? How often are the bathrooms cleaned? Are you required to live on campus all four years – and, if not, what’s off-campus student housing like? What’s the food like – and how easy is it to get other cheap meals? How far is the closest grocery store?
What are the classrooms like?
Are freshmen courses usually taught in amphitheaters? How often are you taught by a professor vs. a teaching assistant? Is the teaching innovative or experiential, or lecture-driven? What are the strongest majors and departments in the college? How large is the major in which you’re most interested? Is there an advisor program, and if so, how involved will your advisor be in your academic career? How is scheduling determined, and how likely are you to get into popular classes?
What is the social life like?
What are the various social groups on campus, and what percentage of students take part in them? How much time do students spend socializing vs. studying? What is there to do in town? What do most students do over the weekend? How easy is it to get around? If there’s a shuttle service, how big is the radius? Can you call to get picked up, or do you wait at stops? How late does it run?
What are the surroundings like?
Is the campus (and nearby) considered a safe area? What sort of safety measures are in place – like card readers for dorms, or campus police that patrol throughout the day? Is the town or city social life driven by the college, or are there thriving communities outside as well? Is the college a bubble, or is it well integrated with its neighborhood?
How well does this school fit me?
What’s the (favorite activity) scene like? Do students here seem to be on my wavelength? Do staff and students make you feel welcome, or like an intruder? How do students seem to treat each other?
Of course there are hundreds more questions, but this is a good jumping-off point for everyone.
Just remember to ask as many questions as possible that relate to your strongest interests – and ask as many questions as you can about things you see that stand out to you.
Bottom line: Be prepared with the right questions on your tours, and you’re much more likely to come away with a true impression of the school, as opposed to one constructed for you.


549C Medford School District  

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate
with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community.
It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625