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Published: 18 January 2006

The Skanner Scholarship Recipients

Janie Raye McGee, sophomore, Clark College, Vancouver, Wash. with Oregon Health & Science University President Peter Kohler

Curt Penrod, State Farm Insurance public affairs specialist, with Nana Dickson, junior, University of Oregon

Joanna Noelle Frater, senior De La Salle North Catholic High School, with Kelly Griffith, president, Safeway Northwest

Camille Kent, sophomore, Mills College, Oakland, with June Crisman, chief human resource officer, Providence Health System

Stephen Lewis, vice president of Business Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank, with Marneet Lewis, a freshman at Portland Community College

TriMet board members Bob Williams, left, and Sheriff Bernie Guisto, right, with Michael Little, center, standing in for his brother Bryan Little, sophomore, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

James Orr, junior, Western Oregon University, left, Carole Hardy, assistant marketing director of the Oregon Lottery, and Violeta Figueroa, sophomore, Portland State University

Commander Virgil Wright, left, of the U.S. Naval Recruiting Command, with Robert M. Naranjo, and an unidentified officer

Michelle Neal, Oregon director of Inroads, stepping in for Dwayne Williams, sophomore, Oakwood College, Huntsville, Ala., with Jeff Young, district sales manager for American Family Insurance

The Skanner Foundation Scholarships

The Skanner Foundation is committed to the growth and development of America's youth. In addition to engaging in mentoring, education, health & wellness and economic development programs, we feel it is important to aid in developing talented young Americans in pursuit of higher education. Through gifts provided by our corporate sponsors and individuals, The Skanner is able to provide scholarships to deserving college students on an equal opportunity basis regardless of race, sex, creed, or religious preference.

The Skanner Scholarship Program is available to undergraduate students who maintain full time status at an accredited, post secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards should be applied toward tuition, room, board and, books and range from $1,000 to $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the institution. Individuals applying for a scholarship must forward one complete application packet to the address below. Current scholarship recipients must re-apply each year. Application packets must be postmarked no later than October 30th prior to the MLK Breakfast. Facsimiles and incomplete packets will not be accepted. Award letters will be forwarded to recipients only by The Skanner Foundation. The initial award and any renewals are in the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Recipients agree that their receipt of a scholarship award may be publicized by the scholarship sponsors. A representative of the Scholarship Committee may interview applicants. Mail complete application packets to:

The Skanner Foundation
PO Box 5455
Portland, OR 97228
ATTN: Scholarship Administrator


  • Undergraduate student or high school student transitioning to college
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Attending a post secondary, accredited institution or planning to attend
  • Plans to attend school for entire academic year, beginning in the fall, 12 credit hours per quarter
  • Completed 20 hours of "active" community service within past 12-months with certified documentation
  • Leadership involvement

Click here to download a copy of The Skanner Scholarship Application
or see application below 


Scholarship Application Essay Applicants are required to submit a 600 words minimum essay using one of the following topics. It is also encouraged and preferred that the essays be typed.

  • Why are the academic results of minority youth (k-12), in the areas of reading and mathematics below the national average and what strategies do you believe school systems should implement to improve these statistics?
  • How should the minority community address the nation's need for economic development? How would you define and address current issues of race relations in America?
  • What challenges are currently faced by young minority males or females?

Official Academic Transcript
Applicants must request an official academic transcript from their most recent school or college. Transcripts must be included in the packets.

Confirmation of Community Service Form
Applicants are required to have performed minimum of 20 "active" service hours within the 12-month preceding the application deadline. Scholarship applicants and recipients should complete and submit the Confirmation of Community Service Form as certification of service performed. Confirmation forms should be completed for each project. Applicants and recipients may make copies of the form as needed.

"Active" service shall be defined as "An activity that allows one to extend themselves in service to another without compensation, remuneration, personal gain or benefit." See below for a sampling of acceptable projects:

  • Ex. 1 ACTIVE SERVICE-Qualifying Service Projects (serving food to the homeless through soup kitchen or shelter, tutoring students, picking up litter and recycling, coordinating a community food/shelter drive).
  • Ex. 2 PASSIVE SERVICE-Non-qualifying Service Project (donating food/clothing in a clothing drive, babysitting, singing in a choir, serving as an officer in an official position of a church or civic organization).

Please note that this is not a complete list of qualifying service projects. If you have questions regarding acceptable projects, please contact the Scholarship Administrator: Barbara Kowalski (503) 285-5555 ext. 508

Any problems with the school receiving funds or any other concern, please contact The Skanner Foundation. No funds will be dispersed without all information on this form. Please retain a copy of this for your record- no other copies will be sent to you.

____________________________________ _____             __________________ 
Student signature                                                           Date

Once notified of their selection on or about September 30th, scholarship recipients must complete and forward the following items to us by October 30th.

  • Scholarship Acceptance Agreement (Due on or Before October 30th)
  • Personal Information Form (Due on or Before October 30th)
  • Copy of your fall registration sheet and bill (Due on or Before October 30th)
  • Community Service Verification Form (Due on or Before October 30th)


Scholarship Application

Student Profile:


Address (Resident)___________________________________________________


Email Address_______________________________________________________

Social Security Number ________________________________________________

Academic Profile:
High School Information (High School students transitioning to college only)


Address (Resident)____________________________________________________


Grade Point Average_____________

College Information:
(High School Students should provide information on the university they have been accepted to or plan to attend)


Address (Resident)____________________________________________________


Grade Point Average_________ Major Field of Study________________________

Please list and describe your leadership involvement over the past 2 years. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Student should retain a copy of their application

References: Please provide two (2) character reference letters from non-relatives. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Why are the academic results of minority youth (k-12), in the areas of reading and mathematics below the national average and what strategies do you believe school systems should implement to improve these statistics?

Career Goals: Briefly state your career goals in twenty-five words or less. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

Were you a previous scholarship recipient? ? YES ? NO If YES, what year?_______


Internal Use Only: Award Amount: $_____ Reviewed By:____________________

Deficiencies ? Application ? GPA ? Essay ? Transcript ? Community Service ? Additional Items


Confirmation of Community Service Form

Please note that there is to be only one community service project per form.  I, _____________________________, in accordance with The Skanner Foundation Scholarship eligibility requirements, verify that I performed the following community service project. (*See description for "active" community service):

(Check one) _____ Applicant's Proof of Service ____ Recipient's Proof of Service

Name of Organization_____________________________________________


City, State, Zip Code_____________________________________________

Name of Project_________________________________________________

Briefly describe the service project/duties:





Total Service Hours Performed _____________________________

Signature of Supervisor___________________________________

Supervisor's Title _______________________________________

Telephone Number_______________________________________

Student Social Security Number____________________________

Student Name (Print)_____________________________________

Student Signature & Date_________________________________

College or University Name_________________________________

This form certifies that the above named project was performed within the timeframe

outlined in the scholarship application



"Challenging People to Shape a Better Future Now" is the cornerstone of The Skanner Foundation's mission. We know people can improve their future by the positive actions they take now, rather than letting the circumstances of the past hold them back. Through our programs, we help students in their pursuit of education to improve their chances for a bright, successful future.

Establishing a history of support through scholarships, The Skanner Foundation desired to expand its outreach to include support for technological and business training. For many people, computer education is a springboard for career development and employment opportunities.

With the development of an on-site technology training facility, housed at the offices of The Skanner Foundation and The Skanner News Group, the goal to expand became a reality. Training center classes began in Spring 1998.

The Skanner Foundation Technology Center offers various levels of computer technology training to help people develop and become proficient in computer skills.

The technology center is a project supported in part by The Oregon Economic Development Department, The Black United Fund of Oregon, and The Skanner News Group.

Our ongoing challenge is to generate a solid base of support from organizations and individuals that share our vision of a better future now for the North/Northeast Portland community.

For more information about The Skanner Foundation or to find out how you can contribute, contact Bernie Foster, info@theskanner.com.

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