Connecting with Community Partners

Partner Organizations with the Renaissance Scholars Program

College Possible

College Possible makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Since its founding in 2000, College Possible has become a leading organization in the field of college access and success with a track record of best-in-class results, rigorous evaluation and innovation.

The organization expanded to Portland in 2012 and began serving students the following year. This school year, College Possible Portland is serving 473 high school students, more than 289 college students and 1,000 9th and 10th graders through college prep talks.

The Renaissance Foundation began working with Portland’s College Possible in 2017 to award eligible participants with a Renaissance scholarship. In 2019 we began working with College Possible in Chicago as well.

Beat the Odds STAND

Beat The Odds – STAND for Children

Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high-quality and relevant education – especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.

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.

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Portland Community College Future Connect

PCC Future Connect is a scholarship and support program for students who identify as first-generation ir ow-income. They focus on eliminating barriers to college, and provide students with on-going support throughout their time at PCC. Through scholarship money, career guidance, and personalized advising, Future Connect helps students build pathways to their future. If you attend PCC or plan to attend, you can find more information about Future Connect here.

The Renaissance Foundation has selected many Future Connect alumni into the Renaissance scholars program. Future Connect students apply to their chosen 4 year university and when they transfer, The Renaissance Scholars program follows them wherever they choose to attend. PCC Future Connect students who meet all the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for the Renaissance Scholars Program (RSP) by the deadlines listed on the RSP application.

The PCC Board of Directors presented the 2015 Patron Award to Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin, trustees of The Renaissance Foundation at the PCC Foundation’s “An Evening for Opportunity” Gala on April 10, 2015. See video on the left.

See some of our past Future Connect Renaissance Scholars in our Scholar Profile section.

Chicago Scholars

Chicago Scholars are academically ambitious, first generation college students from under-resourced communities in Chicago. Their seven-year program helps them to navigate the complex transitions into college, through college, and beyond to a career. Their mission is “We uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.”

TRF started partnering with Chicago Scholars in 2019.

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Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network® is the only network of high schools in the country that integrate four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. Comprised of 35 Catholic, college- and career-preparatory schools that today serve 12,012 students across 22 states and collectively claim 15,505 graduates, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives.

De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland has been our main partner with Cristo Rey network but the Renaissance Scholars Program will be expanding to other schools that are a part of the network in the coming years.

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