Juan Young Trust Grants Brighter Future for WPC Students

October 21, 2013

The Juan Young Trust granted $10,000 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 Juan Young Trust was established under the will of Juan Young, a long-time employee, officer, and stockholder of Kienow’s Food Stores. The mission of the Trust is to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that promote the health, education and welfare of children under 21 years old, in the state of Oregon.

“Warner Pacific College is deeply grateful for the partnership and support of the Juan Young Trust,” said Dr. Aaron McMurray, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations. “Their generous investment in the Act Six Scholarship program enables these students to experience the transformation of a Warner Pacific education.”

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. Warner Pacific’s Act Six program is a partnership with Warner and Portland Leadership Foundation.

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 www.actsix.org.