George Fox welcomes seventh cadre of Act Six scholars

Act Six cadre of 2013-14

Act Six, Cadre Seven 

Seven students in the Portland area will get the opportunity to attend one the nation’s top-ranked Christian colleges, earning full scholarships to attend George Fox University through the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.

George Fox, a Christian college in Newberg, Ore., narrowed a pool of more than 200 original applicants to the seven who will receive four-year full-need, full-tuition scholarships. Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these diverse student leaders were chosen for their distinctive leadership, academic potential, and commitment to making a difference in their communities.

Launched by the Portland Leadership Foundation, Act Six seeks to develop urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception at George Fox in 2007, six cadres of ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars from urban Portland have enrolled at the university.

Act Six recipients selected to join George Fox for the 2013-14 academic year are Clarissa McCloud (Cleveland High School in Portland, Ore.), Daisy Santana (Tualatin High School), Eduardo Fuentes (Tigard High School), Fatima Chacon (Academy of Art, Science and Technology at Woodburn High School), Jack Tan (Centennial High School in Gresham, Ore.), Markayla Shattuck (David Douglas High School in Gresham, Ore.) and Sierra Brambila (Franklin High School in Portland, Ore.).

The group includes students of Mexican-American, African-American, Chinese and Native American descent. The cadre’s average grade point average is 3.56, and six of the seven chosen represent first-generation college students in their respective families.

Act Six develops leaders through a four-step strategy:

  • Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of Portland’s most promising emerging urban leaders.
  • Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
  • Send and fund the teams together to select faith-based colleges in Oregon on four-year, full-tuition, full-need scholarships.
  • Support and inspire by providing strong campus support and ongoing leadership development to nurture these young people as they find their vocation and grow into the next generation of community leaders.

Scholars are now beginning an intensive seven-month training program that involves weekly meetings with Act Six staff, retreats and campus visits.

“The Act Six program is central to assisting us in creating an educational community where students are exposed to a diverse group of people, better equipping them to work in a global environment,” said Joel Perez, chief diversity officer at George Fox.

The Portland Leadership Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Ore. The foundation works to move individuals and organizations from good intentions to effective outcomes in its effort to strengthen and develop leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city.

To learn more about the Act Six scholarship, contact Perez at 503-554-2305.

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