Each spring the Multnomah Athletic Foundation has open applications for higher education scholarships. Once applications are submitted, the foundation brings together a group of dedicated volunteers to review, deliberate, and ultimately award the scholarships. These volunteers are the crux of making scholarship funding move from funder to student.
Julie Solomon, a MAC member and returning foundation scholarship volunteer, shares why she returns to read and score applications each spring.
“I’ve read scholarship applications for a few years and each time is a pleasure and a privilege. Scholarship applicants are strong students and committed athletes – and so much more. Many are engaged in their schools and communities, as leaders and volunteers. It’s inspiring to read about their experiences, their passions, and their aspirations. Also, as a donor, I’m motivated to invest in a program that supports such outstanding students.”
Each volunteer is paired with a team of other volunteers for discussion and deliberation sessions to determine the finalists or final awards, depending on the program.
“In addition to learning about impressive students, one of the things I enjoy about reading scholarships is the opportunity to collaborate with others on my selection team. Each of us brings unique perspectives and priorities to the recommendation discussion. I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and their insights – and I think I keep learning, too.”
The foundation is currently seeking volunteers to join the 2023 review teams for their scholarship opportunities. Volunteers can participate in one review team or multiple if schedules allow.
Time commitment overview
Volunteer Training – Sessions in late February to early March and in April.
Loprinzi Scholarship – Review and reading in late March, group deliberation in mid-April, finalist review in late April to early May, decision announced early June.
Sasser MAC Employee Scholarship – Review and reading in late March, group deliberation in mid-April, interviews in late April to early May, decision announced early June.
MAC Scholar Athlete Program – Review and reading in early May, group deliberation in mid to late May, decision announced early June.
Interested volunteers should fill out an ‘Involvement Form’ on the engage page.