Volunteer Scholarship Reader Opportunity

The Lane Community Foundation awards one million dollars in scholarships to our students each academic year.

We rely on a caring, dedicated team of individuals to help us review student applications. The students trust us with their stories, their dreams for the future and educational goals. Scholarships help our students achieve the life they envision for themselves. This is a meaningful volunteer opportunity and our readers truly enjoy being part of this process.

Employees of Lane Community College are not eligible for this specific volunteer opportunity. Preference given to Lane County residents.

What To Expect

  • Review online applications from your home, on your own schedule!
  • Access online applications with PC or MAC computers using current versions of Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.
  • Tablet devices are typically okay. The platform is not mobile optimized. The side-by-side viewing feature, which is optional, may not be available on some devices. 
  • Computers should be current. Volunteers will need to download Adobe Reader to access application documents (No cost version available on the internet).
  • The Scholarship Coordinator will be available to answer questions. Scoring criteria and orientation materials are very detailed and include print screens that will show you how to navigate the software.
  • Reviewers will receive the support needed to feel confident and successful in their reviews.  
  • Read approximately 40-50 applications.
  • Completing your review will take approximately 25-30+ hours.
  • You will have approximately one month to complete your review.
  • Reviewing applications typically concludes by the end of April.
  • Volunteers will be asked to sign Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality forms.
  • Results of the review and specific scholarship criteria will be considered when the LCC Foundation identifies scholarship recipients. Offers will be sent to students in early June.
  • The LCC Foundation is committed to providing every application with respectful, fair, and consistent consideration. The review team is an integral part of this process.

Comments from our Volunteers

"It is an honor for me to be a part of this.Thank you so much for the opportunity!"

"As always, participating in the review process was a real privilege."

"It was a profound experience reading the applications.  I look forward to doing it again in the future."

"Wanted to let you know that I have finished reviewing and I must say, another wonderful experience! So many bright deserving applicants."

"I have enjoyed the insights into people's lives that I get from doing the evaluations.  For me, it widens my world."

"Thank you for letting me do this magnificent service. It is truly a highlight of my year.  These are amazing people and I wish them all well!"

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Scholarship Reader? Please complete this form:

If you have questions or want additional information, you may contact us at scholarships@laneccfoundation.org.

Which of the following were you involved with?

Our volunteer readers are assigned 40-50 online applications that take approximately 25-30+ hours to review and score during the month of April. Our review process is structured to provide each applicant with a fair and consistent review.

We need volunteers that will commit to completing these assignments. If you are accepted to our team of scholarship readers, will you honor this commitment?

Conflict of Interest:

Lane Community College Foundation believes that it is important for scholarship readers to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest while reviewing applications and conducting any other selection committee business. Readers must be able to score and rate applicants without potential or perceived influence caused by a conflict of interest. Readers must evaluate the eligibility of applicants without bias and make their ratings based on the established objective criteria.

A conflict of interest can occur when an action of a reader or donor results in a direct financial benefit to a person closely related to the donor or reader. A conflict of interest may also occur if a reader scores the applicant without considering objective criteria for the scholarship.

  1. No readers or members of the scholarship selection committee shall be eligible to apply for assistance from the scholarship fund.
  2. If a family member of a reader or member of the scholarship selection committee has
    applied for assistance, that person will declare a conflict of interest and will not participate during their review and selection process. (“Family member” is defined as spouse, parent, child, stepchild, adopted child, sibling, niece, nephew, grandchild, step grandchild, or in- law.)
  3. Readers must also declare a conflict of interest if they have a direct business relationship with an applicant or immediate family member of an applicant; or if the applicant is a friend or close associate.
  4. Current Lane students (or those graduating in the past 24 months), Lane faculty and staff are not eligible to review scholarships.

Thank you for your interest in being a LCC Scholarship Volunteer!