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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

June 1, 2012

ECMC Provides $468,000 in Scholarships to Oregon Grads

75 Oregon seniors complete ECMC Scholars Program with skills and funds for college

(Salem, Ore.) – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that 75 Oregon seniors have successfully completed the ECMC Scholars Program and will be receiving a total of $468,000 in college scholarships thanks to the generosity of the ECMC Foundation. The ECMC Scholars Program, which has been operating in Oregon for five years, was established to help students realize their potential, graduate from high school, and go on to college.

“For far too many of our students, college seems out of reach,” said Superintendent Susan Castillo. “Many students face a range of barriers on their path to higher education. The goal of the ECMC Scholars Program is to remove those barriers and ensure students are prepared academically, personally, and financially to succeed in college. The ECMC Foundation understands that finances are only one piece of the puzzle and they are committed to providing students with the mentoring and supports they need to achieve their goals. I want to thank ECMC for their continued generosity and support of Oregon students.”

In partnership with the Oregon Department of Education, ECMC Foundation works with eight public high schools across the state to offer the ECMC Scholars Program. A committee of educators from each school selects sophomores to participate in the program during their junior and senior years. Students are invited to participate in the program based on academic potential and the likelihood to benefit from the program’s additional mentoring and support. Many participants will be the first in their families to attend college. Students who successfully complete the program earn $4,000 toward their first year of college and are eligible to receive $2,000 for their second year.

“This was an experience I needed because it changed my perspective on life and it made me see that there is hope for somebody like me that doesn’t really have much,” said 2012 ECMC Scholar Jahmarciay Barr. “It made me feel like I could make something of myself even with a lot of odds against me.”

The eight Oregon schools participating in the ECMC Scholars Program are: Centennial Learning Center, Centennial School District; Illinois Valley High School, Three Rivers/Josephine County School District; La Pine High School, Bend-La Pine School District; Madison High School, Portland Public Schools; Milwaukie High School, North Clackamas School District; Pendleton High School, Pendleton School District; Willamette High School, Bethel School District; and Woodburn High School, Woodburn School District.

Click here PDF for a list of this year’s ECMC scholars by school.

About ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation helps low-income, first-generation, college-bound students of all ages further their education goals. Through innovative outreach programs, ECMC Foundation conveys to students the importance of completing high school. The Foundation continues their mission by developing and distributing programs that focus on college access, retention, and success. ECMC Foundation partners with government agencies, educational institutions, and community organizations to make the dream of higher education a reality. For more information, visit www.ecmcfoundation.org. ECMC Foundation is funded by ECMC Group.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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