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What is Renaissance Scholars Program?

The Renaissance Scholars Program provides renewable college scholarships to talented students who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship award is up to $4,000 per year, renewable for up to four years. There are two scholarship deadlines, February 1st  and May 1st. In order to be eligible, students must:


  1. Be the first in their family to graduate from a 4-year institution 
  1. Have a 3.0 GPA  
  1. Have significant financial need 
  1. Be a high school senior, recent graduate, or current college student from Oregon or Illinois. We also award students at our partner HBCUs (Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Central University, and Stillman College).


David Lemo

Portland State University, Class of 2021, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Alisha Langford

Portland State University, Class of 2016, Business and Leadership & HR Management

Taneisha Spiller

University of Michigan, Class of 2023, Sociology

Brandon Pahnish

Portland State University, Class of 2020, Graphic Design

Shayna Beymer

Portland State University, Class of 2017, Social Science

Jennifer Rodriguez Pena

Oregon State University, Class of 2021, Design and Innovation Management

Rhiannon Cates

Portland State, Class of 2015, Women’s, Sexuality, Gender and Queer Studies

Theresa Just

Portland State University Graduate School of Education, Class of 2016, Special Education

Ana Maldonado

Portland State University, Class of 2020, Child, Youth and Family Studies

Wilondja Mashimango

Portland State, Class of 2022, Criminology and Criminal Justice


Details about eligibility requirements, deadlines, applicant components, and more can be found above in the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have another question or concern, feel free to send us an email, text, or call!

Contact Us:

Call or Text: 503.726.5970


Mailing Address: PO Box 80516, Portland, OR 97280