Lottery Supported Scholarship
Oregon Opportunity Grant
Opening the Doors to Higher Education
Helping Thousands of Oregonians Pursue Their Dreams
Most Oregonians are aware that their lottery play helps finance public schools across the state; however, many assume that funding stops at grade 12 with our public high schools. What’s less well known is that Lottery support doesn’t stop there! It also helps fund many scholarships, opening the doors to higher education for many deserving students who might not otherwise have the opportunity at attend.
The Oregon Opportunity Grant is just one of the programs that your lottery dollars help support. Coordinated by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), this grant program is the largest financial aid program supporting college affordability and its importance for Oregonians. It’s a needs-based program that has helped thousands of students statewide fulfill their dream of attending college and pursuing their dream careers.
If you know a student who hopes to attend community college or pursue a four-year degree in Oregon, but who is wondering how they will pay for it, encourage them to apply. More information is available through the Office of Student Access and Completion, including a short video on the application process. Their advice to students who aren’t sure if they qualify is to apply anyway! It just might be the first step on the road to an even brighter future.
Albany’s Hebrew Cemetery Reclaimed
As frequently happens with our early cemeteries, the Albany Hebrew Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. Weeds and invasive vegetation had grown out of control. Many grave markers lay in ruined pieces. As sad as these conditions are at any burial ground, they were especially regrettable at this unique cemetery. The cemetery documents the lives and final resting sites of the Willamette Valley’s original Jewish settlers. As early as the 1870’s, a small community of Jewish families had settled in the Albany area. The tragic death of an infant death in one of these families was the catalyst that brought them together in an organized way. Together they founded the First Hebrew Congregation of Albany. In 1878, one of these families, the Senders, deeded the land that became the cemetery to the congregation.
A Park for Adventurers
Rugged and vast, Cottonwood Canyon is one of Oregon’s largest state parks at over 8,000 acres. Bordered by another 10,000 acres of federally-maintained public lands, this special place gives a new depth of meaning to the phrase “getting away from it all”. Before white settlers took hold of this land, the river was known as the Mah Hah to the Native Americans. In the 19th Century it was renamed the John Day River as part of a privately-owned cattle ranch. Between 1964 and 2008, the canyon and surrounding property were purchased by Oregon State Parks and the Western Rivers Conservancy. Seeking to protect the canyon while allowing the public to access the breathtaking area, Cottonwood Canyon became an Oregon State Park in 2013. With help from Oregon Lottery dollars, it’s been transformed into a unique wilderness and recreation experience for Oregonians and visitors alike. In 2019, more than $2 million in lottery dollars helped fund a learning center, cabins and restrooms, making it easier for visitors to set up a base camp from which to explore all Cottonwood Canyon has to offer. Plans are in the works to build a boat launch for easier access to the clear and open waters of the John Day, the largest free flowing river in the western United States. This undammed waterway is home to a year-round angler’s delight. Winter native steelhead, catfish and summer small-mouth bass mean the fish are constantly biting. Down the road, there’ll be even more ways to access the wild, back country of Cottonwood Canyon. Whether you choose to visit when spring turns the hills green or in winter when snow blankets the cliffs, just make sure you go to this unique and special place. It’s a perfect sample of the natural beauty of Oregon.
Peer-to-Peer Support for Veterans
At Project ABLE, veterans receive training to help fellow veterans with behavioral health. Thanks to a grant of lottery dollars, Salem-based Project ABLE will train veterans as peer support specialists for other veterans with behavioral health issues. In peer support, an individual provides support to another who shares similar life experiences. Fellow veterans will be trained as support specialists because those who’ve also taken the Oath of Enlistment best understand military related trauma. This sort of support, along with additional wellness classes and services, can provide veterans-in-need with a much brighter future. Thanks to Lottery support, Project ABLE’s training will benefit veterans in six northwest Oregon counties.
Legal Aid for Veterans
St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC), based in Portland, provides legal protections for some of the community’s most vulnerable people. Specializing in family law, SALC provides legal advocacy on matters like adoptions, divorce, child custody and support, and more. Thanks to a grant of lottery dollars, SALC will now be able to leverage their legal expertise for the benefit of Oregon veterans, with a focus on economic stability and housing security. With the support of lottery dollars, SALC will provide veterans in five Oregon counties with access to the legal services they might need as they return to civilian life.
Solving Veteran Homelessness in Southern Oregon
KLCAS, a Local agency, helps homeless veterans and those at risk for homelessness. Military veterans can be particularly vulnerable to a housing crisis for a variety of reasons. In southern Oregon, Klamath-Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) is using a grant of lottery dollars to help prevent low-income veterans and their families from falling into homelessness—or to rapidly re-house already homeless veterans. Assistance might take the form of help finding and accessing a rental, childcare assistance, utility assistance, and other types of support services veterans need to obtain housing and stay housed. With the help of the ODVA, your lottery dollars are distributed to local organizations like KLCAS where they can do targeted good for Oregon veterans.
Have you ever had a butterfly settle softly on your shoulder? It’s said to be a sign of good luck. What a great theme for this exciting Scratch-it, Butterfly Bingo! Match the caller’s numbers to the numbers on any of the five cards included on your ticket. A butterfly symbol means a free space—another step closer to completing that all important “Bingo!” Flit, float, or flutter down to your nearest store and look for the butterflies for your Bingo Scratch-it fun!
The Camo Crossword
Calling all word lovers! There’s a $15,000 top prize just waiting to be found with The Camo Crossword! You might need your compass as you search for the camouflaged letters, but it’s totally worth it. Imagine all the camo gear you can buy. And don’t forget the binocular bonuses for additional chances to win. Happy scratchin’!
You may be familiar with the story of a certain girl from Kansas who recites “no place like home” as she taps some Ruby Red slippers to skip security at the airport. While our Ruby Red Scratch-it can’t get you back to Oregon from a magical kingdom, it could whisk $10,000 into your bank account! If you uncover the word “red”, you’ll win an instant $25. So grab a couple of these shiny $2 tickets next time you stop by the store for a tasty treat. Saying “there’s no place like home” as you scratch is completely up to you.
Luck be a lady! This sensational, hot-pink Scratch-it could be your ticket to top prize of $50,000. This lucky lady comes with her own good luck charm—a four-leaf clover in solid gold. Pick up a Lady Luck Scratch-it today and maybe, just maybe, Lady Luck will smile on you!
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