Foundation Scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

Each year, sponsors and donors to the OCC Foundation provide hundreds of scholarships to empower our students to succeed. OCC students can easily apply for most Foundation scholarships through OCC-SOS (OCC Student Online Scholarships), the College's web-based scholarship application system.

OCC Foundation scholarships are offered to currently enrolled OCC students without regard to race, gender, gender identity, color, ethnicity, or national origin, regardless of the scholarship’s title. For example, scholarships sponsored by women’s organizations are offered without a preference or restriction based on sex, are open to all genders, and are awarded without regard to the sex of the applicant.

Scholarship Universe

Guide to Scholarship Universe

Step 1: Student Login

Current and incoming students log into Scholarship Universe using your Oakland Community College username and password

Step 2: View your dashboard

The left side of the page displays a count of all open scholarships (institutional and external) that match to you. You can also view outstanding items requiring your action on the right.

Step 3: Answer matching questions to qualify for more scholarship opportunities

To see if you qualify for additional scholarship opportunities, select Questions at left from your student dashboard, then select Answer More Questions at the top right and answer any additional questions.

Step 4: To view scholarship information

To navigate to the Scholarship Screen, select Scholarships at left on your student dashboard.

The Scholarship screen has several tabs:

  • Matches - List of scholarships to which you match. (Please note:  This does not mean that you will be awarded these scholarships.)
  • Pinned - List of scholarships that you have previously pinned to your account.
  • Partial Matches - List of scholarships to which you match at least one requirement.
  • Application Submitted - List of scholarships for which you have applied.
  • Awarded - List of scholarships for which you have applied and are awarded.
  • Non-Matches - List of scholarships that you do not match.
  • Not Interested - List of scholarships for which you have marked as not being interested in applying.

Step 5: Apply for Scholarships

  • Select the Apply button from the Scholarships page. Note: The Apply button changes to Continue Application if you start an application and then exit.
  • Once you start or complete an application, the application appears on the Applications screen.
  • Review and verify eligibility for the scholarship.
  • Select Edit to change any of your information.
  • Verify that your information is correct, agree to provide any required documentation, and then check the I verify, click Continue.
  • Complete all sections of the application.
  • Once all sections of the application have been completed, click Submit.
  • If you leave the application prior to submitting it, you may return to the application later from the Applications screen or from the Scholarships screen to finish and submit.

Scholarship Universe Tips

Uploading and viewing student documents for applications

To navigate to the My Documents page, click on My Docs in the left navigation menu on your student dashboard.

On the My Documents page you will find two tabs (each representing a different status):

  • Active: Documents that you have uploaded or created in your account, which are currently available to use while answering questions or submitting applications.
  • Inactive: Documents that you have removed from your account. These documents are securely stored as they could be in use by applications. Documents that are inactive are not currently available to use while answering questions or submitting applications.

Details of each document including the following:

  • Name – The given display name of the student's document.
  • Document Type – The type of document the student uploaded or created.
  • Last Modified – The date the document was last modified (or uploaded/created if no modifications have been made since).
  • Adding a document -
    • Click the Add +button to open the Add Document.
    • Enter a name for the new document in the Field Name text box. This name will be the display name for the file in ScholarshipUniverse.
    • Select a Document Type
  • Click the Add +button to open the Add Document.
  • Enter a name for the new document in the Field Name text box. This name will be the display name for the file in ScholarshipUniverse.
  • Select a Document Type

Note: When uploading, a MSWord document is not acceptable, it must be converted to PDF.