Help Us Expand College Access
April 17, 2014
Copyright, Steve Hambuchen
Two generous donors are offering gifts and issuing a challenge to support graduate school scholarships for first-generation college students. These two donors are funding the Renaissance Foundation Scholarship and Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Teachers. The graduate school is calling on friends and supporters to make the most of this opportunity—we hope to turn $20,000 in gifts into $60,000 of support for scholarships to first-generation college students who dream of becoming teachers.
This new fund supports up to five first-generation students admitted to Lewis & Clark’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. By providing current scholarships and future loan repayment assistance, this award helps students whose families have no history of college attendance afford a master’s degree and encourages them to stay in the profession after they graduate.
Students in the Lewis & Clark M.A.T. program serve in classrooms in over 100 Portland-area schools while they attend Lewis & Clark. Over 45% of the students in these schools receive free and reduced lunches, 40% belong to minority populations, and many come from families that have no experience of higher education. Our graduates enter the teaching profession with the goal of helping young learners envision a future that includes the dream of college attendance. When those teachers are themselves first generation college graduates, they become powerful role models in helping children overcome barriers to college access. By supporting first generation teachers, you can directly impact the number of future first-generation college students.
For every dollar you give to scholarships, two additional dollars will be matched by our donors. We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to triple the impact of every scholarship gift.