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On the same day student-athletes across the country made headlines by signing letters of intent to secure college athletic scholarships, seven students in the Portland area signed commitments for full scholarships of their own 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-ride scholarships. Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, these diverse student leaders were chosen, not for their athletic prowess, but 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, five cadres of ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars from urban Portland have enrolled at the university.
To date, 45 of the 49 scholars originally selected for the program at George Fox are still enrolled or have graduated, reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages.
Act Six recipients selected to join George Fox for the 2012-13 academic year are Joshua Cha (Benson High School), Janet Dan (Parkrose High School), Oscar Gomez (Newberg High School), Asia Mayo (Roosevelt High School), Austin O’Neal (David Douglas High School), Jessica Rivera (David Douglas High School) and Nancy Vazquez (Forest Grove High School).
The group includes students of Mexican-American, African-American, Romanian, Laosian and Nicaraguan descent. The cadre’s average grade point average is 3.65, and five of the seven chosen represent first-generation college students in their respective families.Scholars are now beginning an intensive seven-month training program that involves weekly meetings with Act Six staff, retreats and campus visits.
To learn more about the Act Six scholarship, contact Joel Perez at 503-554-2305.