Chicago Scholars are academically ambitious, first generation college students from under-resourced communities in Chicago. Through college counseling, mentoring, and by providing a supportive community to the scholars through each phase of their programing: College Access: Launch, College Success: Lift, College to Careers: Lead, they ensure that the scholars reach their full potential as students and leaders.
College Possible makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. The Renaissance Foundation currently works with Portland, OR and Chicago, IL College Possible teams.
Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network of high schools integrates four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. We are partner with De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep in Chicago, IL, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL.
Portland Community College’s Future Connect
PCC Future Connect is a scholarship and support program for students who identify as first-generation or low-income. They focus on eliminating barriers to college, and provide students with on-going support throughout their time at PCC.
Portland State University
The Renaissance Foundation provided our first scholarships in partnership with Portland State University back in 2005. We support over 100 PSU students each academic year.
Project Youth+ prepares low-income, first-generation and underrepresented youth to thrive in school, college and careers. Based in Grants Pass, Oregon, they serve youth in Josephine, Jackson, and Douglas Counties with funding from school districts, state and federal contracts, private and corporate grants, and individual and business donors.
STAND for Children - Oregon
The Renaissance Foundation proudly sponsors the Beat the Odds Scholarship offered by STAND each year. The Beat the Odds Scholarship is for students who will feel empowered by telling their story. Recipients are filmed for a biographical video and participate in all related publicity. Stand for Children hosts a fundraising luncheon in Portland each year, and a reception in Eugene. Beat the Odds recipients accept their scholarships and speak at these events.