Oregon TRIO Last Mile Award

The Oregon TRIO Association’s Last Mile Award is designed to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students who are at risk of having to drop out in their last year before graduation.  Amounts awarded will be at the discretion of the Oregon TRIO Association and will be based on the circumstances and needs of the applicant.  Award amounts can be as high as $2,500 in unmet need.


Awarded funds will be sent to your institution’s financial aid office for disbursement.

Who Can Apply

  • OTA is considering all post-secondary students, regardless of GPA, for this opportunity who are currently enrolled in an Oregon TRIO program.
  • Students must be within 45 credits of completing their degree.
  • Students who have previously been awarded the Last Mile Scholarship are not eligible.
  • Preference is given to students who have used other financial aid options such as Pell Grants and federal student loans.

Application Requirements

Demonstrate financial need or the exhaustion of federal financial aid.

  • The student will need to submit the current status of Pell Grant & Student Loan eligibility.  Instructions to view this information can be found here: Financial Aid Instructions

Submit an education plan

  • Once downloaded, complete the form, save to your computer, and submit it with your application.

Here is an example of a successful Education Plan

Submit the TRIO Checklist (Last-Mile-TRIO-Checklist-Fall24) demonstrating support from your TRIO program. 

  • Make sure to check with your TRIO advisor to let them know to submit this form on your behalf. This form will be completed and submitted by your TRIO advisor.

Your TRIO Advisor will submit this completed form here.

Complete three essay statements (200-500 words each)

  • What impact has TRIO made in your educational journey up to this point? (Examples, What educational impact did TRIO have on your journey. What elements of your TRIO program have you engaged with? Highlight all the TRIO programs you have participated in.)
  • What are the financial challenges you are facing to complete your degree? Please reference your educational plan as a reference. (Examples, highlight your pell usage and student loan usage. If you have not utilized these, please indicate why. What outstanding costs do you have separate from school costs, What financial resources do you have (or don’t) to help complete your degree)
  • What life obstacles/challenges impacted your academic journey?

Click Here to Apply Now


The deadline is Friday, August 23rd, 2024

*Note* All applications are reviewed and scored by the OTA Award Committee. 

Interested in participating in this process? Please email Matt Bisek at

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