About the ASPIRE Program
Administered by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), ASPIRE (Access
to Student assistance Programs In
Reach of Everyone) helps middle and high school
students access education and training beyond high school.
Students receive information about college and career options, admission, and financial aid
from trained and supportive, ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them
throughout the year. Beginning with just four pilot schools in 1998, ASPIRE will
expand to 145 sites across Oregon by June 2013. ASPIRE serves students by:
- Helping high schools build a sustainable community of volunteer mentors
- Educating students and families about the scholarship application process and other
options for paying for postsecondary education
- Providing mentoring, resources, and encouragement to help students access education
and training beyond high school
ASPIRE is for all students. It is an all-comer's program and serves the entire student
body. Any student who believes they can benefit from an ASPIRE mentor is welcomed
and encouraged to participate. By being inclusive, ASPIRE ensures that all of Oregon's
students have many options for a fulfilling future beyond high school.
Volunteer ASPIRE mentors are assigned to work one-on-one with students, guiding
them through important steps toward postsecondary education. The ASPIRE mentor
position attracts a broad spectrum of adult volunteers. Many are parents/guardians
of students at the ASPIRE school, professionals, some of whom are the first in their
family to attend college, or retired community members. Volunteers do not have to
have attended college themselves to be effective ASPIRE mentors.