UNCF Portfolio Project 2018
May 31, 2018
BENEFITING: United Negro College Fund, Inc.
UNCF in partnership with the YMCA Black Achievers Program, YMCA Minority Achievers Program, YMCA Multi-Cultural Achievers Program, and Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program will host the 10th annual UNCF Portfolio Project. The Portfolio Project was developed in 2006 to assist 11th and 12th grade students through the college and scholarship application process. The mission of the Portfolio Project is to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants from the states of Oregon and Washington. Ultimately, the program strives to ensure these students create a portfolio that will support their efforts in getting accepted into college and receiving the necessary financial assistance to become successful college graduates.
The Portfolio Project provides a systematic approach, exposing students to multiple college and scholarship options. Volunteer mentors provide the support necessary to ensure that data is compiled and deadlines are managed so that the students can package their qualifications into a portfolio for successful review. During the program students learn the college entrance requirements of various educational institutions, and compile the necessary data to complete college applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
In addition, mentors offer guidance on writing college essays and help students identify and categorize their service and leadership activities for application inclusion. Funding is important because it provides these students with materials, transportation, meals, and scholarships. Currently we serve over 70 minority and low income students throughout the Pacific Northwest in this 11 week boot-camp program annually. Our goal is to significantly expand the program to more deserving students. Most of these students go on to attend four year universities and HBCUs. Last year we provided $25,000 in scholarships for Portfolio Project Alum, approximately 500 students have gone through the program and all are either currently attending or have graduated from college.