In 1971, the MAC Scholar Athlete program started with schools in the Portland Interscholastic League. Since then, the eligible group of high schools has expanded to include 29 high schools – defined as the 5A and 6A Oregon high schools within 12 miles of the Multnomah Athletic Club.

This program is evolving and fluid just like the high school experience. Currently the program begins with a small group of students nominated by their school. These students then apply for the program benefits and the scholarship, following application one student from each of the 29 high schools is selected to be the schools MAC Scholar Athlete for that year's cohort.

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation funds the nonrenewable $1,500 scholarship to the post-secondary institution. The award can be used any time within a 6 year period after graduating from high school. The institution can be any accredited 2 year school or 4 year school. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, books and technology. Any field of study is permitted.

Criteria & Eligibility


  • Participation in competitive athletics.
  • Strong character and leadership involvement in their school and community.
  • Minimum cumulative (unweighted) 3.0 GPA.
  • Enrollment at one of the program high schools full time.


  • Students are nominated by each high school’s selection committee during their sophomore year based on their athletic and academic accomplishments as well as their community involvement.
  • Applicants may not be current members of the Multnomah Athletic Club.


This scholarship program has been around since 1971 with schools from the Portland Interscholastic League. In 2004, a generous gift by James F. Miller started the scholarship endowment at the foundation. The Millers’ support to education and the arts in Oregon demonstrates leadership and commitment to their community. Their gift to the foundation celebrates the energy and accomplishments of high school student athletes.

Application Requirements

Students are nominated by each high school’s selection committee during their sophomore year based on their athletic and academic accomplishments. 

Gather This Information

  • Prepare the answers to the required questions. The application contains eight questions, each with a limit of 1,000 characters.
  • A transcript – you will be asked to upload a PDF copy of your transcript.
  • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year as well as any corresponding leadership positions.
  • A list of honors and awards that you received when participating in school, and non-school related clubs and organizations and the level of each award (local, state, regional or national).
  • A list of volunteer organizations with which you have served, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation.
  • A list of athletic accomplishments school and non-school based in which you have been involved as well as any awards, honors and leadership positions you have received for your participation.
  • One letter of recommendation will be required to submit your application. The recommendation can come from an adult that knows you well. It can be a coach, teacher, counselor, activities director or youth group leader. You may upload a PDF of the letter or ask the individual to upload a letter on your behalf through our website.

Application Timeline

  • Stage 1 High school nominates student athletes between October and December. 
  • Stage 2 Each nominated individual completes the online application by mid-January.
  • Stage 3 A group of trained volunteers selects one student from each high school.
  • Stage 4 Announcement of recipients in early March.
  • Stage 5 The recipients will be honored at a welcome celebration in May.


Nomination process is closed until fall 2020.


Application process is complete for the 2020 cohort.

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