Oregon Student Access Commission Receives Grant for ASPIRE Pre-college Mentoring Programs in Coos and Curry Counties

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$5,000 from the Menasha Legacy Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation

December 13, 2011

Eugene, OR – The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Menasha Legacy Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation for the ASPIRE program in Coos and Curry counties.

ASPIRE (Access to Student assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone) is Oregon's pre-college mentoring program for middle and high school students to help them graduate with a "plan of choice" for pursuing postsecondary options once they leave school. Students receive information about college options, admission, and financial aid from trained and supporting ASPIRE volunteer mentors who work one-on-one with them throughout the year.

Beginning with initial funding from The Oregon Community Foundation, four pilot schools were launched in 1998. Today, ASPIRE has expanded to 130 sites across Oregon and annually engages more than 1,500 volunteers, and reaches thousands of students from all walks of life, according to Josette Green, Executive Director of OSAC.

The generous grant from the Menasha Legacy Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation provides funding for ASPIRE - participating schools in Coos and Curry counties to help qualifying students cover costs associated with application for admission to colleges and universities and for travel to visit colleges and universities.

"This grant is deeply appreciated and will help students in both counties who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit colleges campuses they are considering attending or to help cover the college application fees," says Green.

ASPIRE is administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC), a state agency whose mission is to create a college-going culture for all Oregonians by providing access through information, mentoring, and financial support.

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) works to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.