resources for Applicants

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).

Financial Aid Resources

Kerstina Nasr

Portland State University, Class of 2020, Biology, Pre-Med

Theresa Just

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

Andrew Constantinescu

Lewis & Clark College, GSE Scholar, Class of 2015

Haley Soller

Portland State University, Class of 2021, Business Management

Jennifer Rodriguez Pena

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

Brandon Pahnish

Portland State University, Class of 2020, Graphic Design

Marcos Romero-Turner

Warner Pacific University, Class of 2023, Social Entrepreneurship

David Lemo

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

Angela Mumford

Portland State University, Class of 2020, Health Studies

Tatyana Gomez

University of Oregon, Class of 2022, Psychology


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

Applicant Office Hours:
Every Tuesday afternoon we offer appointments over phone or Zoom. We are happy to help you through technical questions, application requirements, and eligibility concerns. We are not able to offer essay feedback or application proofreading.

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Call or Text: 503.726.5970


Mailing Address: PO Box 80516, Portland, OR 97280