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Saxon Success Fund Scholarships and Kathleen Hanneman Scholarship

The Saxon Success Fund is a nonprofit organization made up of alumni and SSHS supporters wishing to transform South from a great Oregon high school through strategic investment. We raise funds for specific projects that have the greatest impact on the success of all Saxon students. Providing scholarships each year is one way we fulfill our  mission. SSF has provided 40 scholarships to South Salem High School seniors since it began during the 2019-20 school year, each one in the amount of $1000.

Application Process

Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now being accepted.


We grant multiple scholarships each year, based on a percentage of our own funds. In addition, the SSHS Class of 1970 sponsoring one or more of the SSF Scholarships. We also are continuing our partnership with the Class of 1960. The application for this scholarship can be accessed through the SSHS College and Career Center web site.


Beginning in 2021, we've added the Kathleen Hanneman Scholarship which will go to a student with plans on a career in Education. This memorial scholarship honors the late Kathleen Hanneman who was a well known leader in education--the first woman to become a principal in the Salem-Keizer School District (McNary). She went on to serve as Director of Secondary Education for the district. Her husband, Craig, is a South Salem alum. Students who do not have this career goal will not be considered. Please use the SSF Application form and mark the checkbox for the Hannemen scholarship to apply. Students who are eligible for the Hanneman scholarship may also apply for the SSF scholarship.


Completed applications for both scholarships are due on April 25, 2024. It is essential that you include all of the requirements requested below. You will need to be logged into your SSHS Gmail account in order to submit.


Your completed submission will include: 


  1. Completed application form (Google form linked below)

  2. Your personal essay

  3. Two letters of support

  4. A copy of your high school academic transcript (unofficial transcripts provided through the College and Career Center are fine)


All of the above components will be linked within the Google form. Submissions will be scored based on the content you provide. This is not a scholarship based solely on academics or financial need, rather we look at all of the components you’ve provided to learn what makes you and your circumstances unique. We hope to award scholarships to students who wish to pursue technical certifications, two-year programs, and four-year degrees. Scoring takes into account your community service, school activities, personal essay, financial need, high school course load and GPA. 


Two Letters of Support - Letters written will describe the student’s dedication, skill,

leadership, work ethic, and family/community involvement. The letters may be written by any adult in your life, (e.g., high school teachers, employers, clergy, community service supervisors, coaches, advisors, counselors).

Personal essay - Explain how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals and provide details to illustrate. Be sure to include any life experiences you have overcome in your path to furthering your education. Please take time to convey your responses in a clear, well-written manner.

Access the application form here.  

Please direct any scholarship questions to

Class of 1960 Scholarships

The SSHS Class of 1960 Scholarship is also housed under Saxon Success Fund.  This class raises donations from their classmates and works with South’s College and Career Center who announces the scholarship to students, prepares materials, and collects applications for review.

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