The William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation has granted $15,000 to Warner Pacific College in support of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative, Urban Service Track. Act Six is Oregon's only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship.
The Urban Service Track model at Warner Pacific innovates beyond the traditional model of the Act Six program with a program tailored to help under-prepared but talented and highly motivated scholar-leaders succeed in achieving their higher education goals.
The Bauman Foundation was established in 1992 following the death of Bill Bauman, owner of Bauman Sawmill, which later became part of Willamette Industries and then Weyerhauser Corp. The foundation's primary purpose is to support children and youth, and evangelical churches and organizations.
"I am so appreciative of the William H. & Mary L. Bauman Foundation's generous support of this important initiative at Warner Pacific College," said President Andrea P. Cook. "Our Act Six Scholars continue to make an impact on campus, in the community, and in their homes; this grant will truly have a positive impact on the lives of Warner Pacific students and the greater Portland community."
Headquartered in Tacoma, Wash., Act Six's national office operates under the auspices of the Northwest Leadership Foundation, a Christian-based organization that addresses issues of inequality and injustice in urban settings. Act Six recruits diverse, multi-cultural cadres of Portland's most promising emerging leaders. Once accepted into the program, students are trained within their "cadres" for a year prior to college entrance.
Through a consortium agreement between Portland Community College (PCC) and Warner Pacific College, students in the Urban Service Track have the opportunity to attend classes at PCC to build academic skills and confidence while embedded as residential students in the supportive environment of the Warner Pacific campus. Students also gain practical, hands-on experience while serving with non-profit organizations in the city of Portland. After scholars earn sufficient credits at PCC, they transition to Warner Pacific courses, enabling them to complete their education and graduate with a bachelor's degree.
Warner Pacific works closely with Act Six Students throughout the process by providing academic support and mentoring as they become accustomed to the demands and rigors of college life. Warner Pacific College is the only institution in the Pacific Northwest to offer this innovative Urban Service Track model, helping Act Six scholars successfully finish well and graduate. For each Act Six scholar, Warner Pacific provides a scholarship, supplementing federal and state aid to cover full-tuition for two years and room and board for all four years. These scholarship funds are raised entirely by Warner Pacific through grant awards and private contributions. For more information on the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative, visit http://www.actsix.org.