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. TRF started partnering with Chicago Scholars in 2019.

College Possible makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. The Renaissance Foundation began working with Portland’s College Possible team in 2017 and in 2019 we began working with College Possible in Chicago, IL. 

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. De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR has been our main partner but in 2019 we started partnering with Christ the King Jesuit College Prep and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, IL. 

PCC Future Connect is a scholarship and support program for students who identify as first-generationm or low-income. They focus on eliminating barriers to college, and provide students with on-going support throughout their time at PCC. 

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. 

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.

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