Education is a key factor in resolving many issues that low-income, minority, and other underserved communities face from employment to housing, reducing the likelihood of incarceration, as well as quality of life and self-sufficiency standards.

The Mentor4Success (M4S) program is designed to assist the students in building a portfolio of essays to support the submission of college application. The Black United Fund of Oregon is the only organization in the Portland Metro area that offer scholarship writing workshops to high school students utilizing the Path to Scholarships curriculum and university support.

The M4S program aligns the Path to Scholarships curriculum with direct mentoring to insure that students who require additional support in completing their essays receive a tailored experience that meets their specific needs.

Approximately 50 students, who would otherwise be challenged in completing the steps to gain college acceptance, receive additional mentoring with BUF staff and volunteers at various levels of engagement, beyond the workshop setting. In most instances mentoring includes; guidance in the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in partnership with Portland Accesses College Together a collaboration of All Hands Raised, chaperons to attend college fairs/visits, assistance with the submission of college applications and support in making final post-secondary school selection. Exercising relationships with High Schools and Colleges, BUF hosts multiples session throughout the year for students and families. Moreover, approximately 25 scholarship are administered annually by the Black United Fund with the majority of students attending private Universities.

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