The Renaissance Scholars Program

The Renaissance Scholars Program is a renewable award for high achieving, financially needy, first generation college students. The Renaissance Scholars program offers a renewable college scholarship of up to $4,000 awarded annually (with a maximum cumulative award of up to $16,000). Students who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. As a Renaissance Scholar, students will receive financial assistance to aid in their higher education pursuit. In addition to funds, scholars receive support from foundation staff in navigating the higher education system. Scholars are invited to foundation sponsored events throughout the year to encourage open communication and support for success.

Students may apply if they are:

  • A high school senior graduating Spring 2020 in Oregon, Chicago or Baltimore and planning to attend a fully accredited 4-year U.S. college or university; or
  • A college freshman or sophomore in Oregon, Chicago or Baltimore continuing their higher education, with no more than 60 college credits attending a fully accredited 4-year U.S. college or university in the fall 2020; or
  •  An Oregon based community college student who has completed at least one year and is planning to transfer as as a sophomore or junior to a fully accredited 4-year U.S. college or university seeking a bachelor’s degree.  Note: Financial awards will begin with the first term of enrollment at the student’s 4-year institution.

Students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Must be the first member of their immediate family to attend an accredited U.S. 4-year college or university
  • Must have demonstrated financial need
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have shown academic achievement
  • Must be seeking a bachelor’s degree and plan to attend an accredited U.S. 4 year college or university on a full-time basis time. Recipient may attend a community college, but only with the intention of transferring and obtaining a bachelor’s degree (NOTE: TRF will not award funds while attending community college, only after transferring to a four year institution)
  • Have demonstrated good character either through leadership potential (school, home and/or community activities); a concern for others (through contributions to volunteer projects and/or family needs); and/or work ethic (responsibility, initiative and skill-building through paid or unpaid work experiences)

If the student meets all the above requirements then they may submit an application. Students must submit all components of the application by submission deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To review and print off application, please follow this link. Application components consist of:

  • Renaissance Scholars Application (pages 3 & 4 from this application packet)
  • High School transcripts and SAT/ACT scores (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • College transcripts from all schools attended if applicable (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation as follows:
    • One Educational Recommendation – teacher, principal, counselor, or someone who knows the student in an academic capacity (except your college coach), and
    • One Personal Recommendation – anyone who has known the student at least two years and is not a family member (ex: counselor, sports coach, boss, coworker, etc.)
  • Two written essays, selected from a provided list (examples below). Each essay should be 500 words or less. Each essay should be the work of the applicant, and the applicant alone. Examples of essay topics:
    • Describe a significant personal challenge or problem, how it affected you, how you overcame or tried to overcome the problem, and what you learned about yourself in the process.
    • How would your best friend describe your character? How would your worst enemy describe your character?
    • Outside of your family, who is your primary role model? Why? What have you learned from this person that has shaped your character and goals?
    • Describe your career as you imagine it 10 years from now,
    • Introduce yourself to us so that we may get to know you better—your personality, best and worst traits, future goals and passion around your field of study.
  • Attach at least one of the following to show demonstrated financial need:
    • A copy of your parent’s most recent Federal Income tax forms
    • A copy of your FAFSA results including EFC (Expected Family Contribution)
  • Note: If your family does not file taxes, please attach a document explaining the circumstances in detail.

To review and print off application, please follow this link

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