PSU students’ lives are as full as their ambitions. They pursue rigorous academic programs. Many are the first in their families to attend college. Many are returning to school seeking new opportunities. Many work full- or part- time. Philanthropic support can transform their lives. It is the ultimate game changer, easing financial barriers and giving every striving student a critical pathway to achievement and success. When they thrive, families and communities thrive too.

Give Students the Power to Succeed

1 in 3 students don’t complete their degree due to financial barriers.

With 1% greater degree attainment, Portland could increase its per capita income by $1.6 billion.

PSU is the most diverse university in Oregon.

Support the President’s Equal Access & Success Scholarship

PSU is the most diverse public university in Oregon. Seventy percent of students qualify for financial aid, often in the form of personal loans. Such burdensome debt, a national crisis, can be a barrier to success — and graduation. Scholarship support changes lives, providing pathways to achievement, jumpstarting careers, and ultimately enhancing our region’s vitality.

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Support Pathways to Success

PSU aspires to build a university defined by how well students succeed. Pathways to Success is a university-wide program providing focused wraparound support for qualified, low-income students — including mentoring, academic support and financial advising.The goal is simple and profound: to create a learning environment in which every student can thrive.

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Support Cooperative Learning

PSU students often find their most meaningful learning experiences outside the classroom. Private support will launch an incredible new effort to give students across Portland State the opportunity to work full-time in their fields while still in school — and be paid for it. The result: a powerful new pathway to graduation and career success that benefits employers too.

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Support Student Emergency Funds

For many students, success can teeter on a razor’s edge of financial insecurity. What happens when an unexpected bill comes due? Or a change in work hours means fewer dollars that month? Or a child gets sick? The sudden expense and stress can unravel everything. Private support to cover urgent needs can make the difference between giving up and graduation.

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