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).

Ana Maldonado

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

David Lemo

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

Marcos Romero-Turner

Warner Pacific University, Class of 2023, Social Entrepreneurship

Karla Cordova Nicolas

Pacific University, Class of 2020, Public Health

Raené Dorotiss

Portland State University, Class of 2022, Social Work

Andrew Constantinescu

Lewis & Clark College, GSE Scholar, Class of 2015

Tatyana Gomez

University of Oregon, Class of 2022, Psychology

Taneisha Spiller

University of Michigan, Class of 2023, Sociology

Wilondja Mashimango

Portland State, Class of 2022, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Yram Kwasitsu

Portland State, Class of 2020, Business Management and Leadership


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