Houser Scholarship Provides Funding and Freedom

It’s an age-old question asked by high school seniors: What’s next? Many times, the next step involves college, but financial limitations can pose a large obstacle to post-secondary education. Queue Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Houser Scholarship — one of several it offers to help bridge the gap of equal opportunity. In 2017, then high school senior, now college senior, Annika Steele was the recipient of the Houser Scholarship and admits that her post-high school experience would...

Congratulations and Welcome to the 2021 MAC Scholar Athletes!

Each spring we welcome in a new cohort of MAC Scholar Athletes into a historic and collaborative program between the Multnomah Athletic Foundation and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Comprised of current sophomores from 29* program area high schools, we are thrilled to announce the 2021 MAC Scholar Athlete Cohort which is comprised of amazing student athletes from all over the Portland Metro Area! Stay tuned for more features on theses students and the program as we progress through the next...

MAC Scholar Athlete Gives Back

The MAC Scholar Athlete (MACSA) program has been a tradition for more than 50 years. As is the case with any program with longevity, evolutions have happened along the way. As it stands today, it is a cohort of 29 young people from high schools across the Portland Metro Area.

The program is led by a joint committee of individuals from MAC and the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) who have developed its current purpose statement. Spencer Raymond, former MAC Scholar Athlete and current...

Adapt and Empower

Foundation's flexibility allows community to thrive in tough times.

It may seem obvious at this point, but COVID-19 created a significant disruption to normal routines as it swept across the country this past March. For the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF), this time presented an opportunity to adapt and empower its community of volunteers, scholarship recipients and grant partners. The staff and board of directors continue to both look for new ways to provide more flexible support to...

Shattering Expectations in the Pool and Beyond

A student athlete’s swimming success story

Getting into college wasn’t a problem for Fernanda Rodriguez. The MAC Scholar Athlete and 2017 David Douglas graduate had great grades, was deeply involved in her community and was among the best swimmers in the state in the breaststroke. But paying for college was a different story.

Rodriguez’s family had limited resources, and she had limited access to federal funds typically available to graduating seniors. On top of that, her parents...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Fay Sasser Scholarship Recipient: Nora Glynn

Many Roads Lead to Sasser

Annual scholarship funds compassionate students’ goals.

People join MAC for many reasons, from social to athletic to professional. Regardless of why they become members, during her tenure as the attendant behind the Main Entrance Front Desk, Fay Sasser welcomed them to their second home with a smile on her face and their names on her lips.

Such was her reputation for dedicated service over the course of 44 years, that Sasser’s name is still spoken as a...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Fay Sasser Scholarship Recipient: Ava Damis

Many Roads Lead to Sasser

Annual scholarship funds compassionate students' goals.

People join MAC for many reasons, from social to athletic to professional. Regardless of why they become members, during her tenure as the attendant behind the Main Entrance Front Desk, Fay Sasser welcomed them to their second home with a smile on her face and their names on her lips.

Such was her reputation for dedicated service over the course of 44 years, that Sasser’s name is still spoken as a...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Angela Nguyen

Hailing from Parkrose High School, Angela is an excellent student and avid tennis player. With a 4.29 GPA, Angela played a major role in reviving the Parkrose Key Club, which creates opportunities for students to assist the community. With the club’s membership dwindling, Angela ran for president and helped grow the club into a new era of prominence.

As a member of the Parkrose tennis team, Angela helped carry the squad to win the conference championship in 2019. She takes pride in...

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Luke McCullough

Try to picture how movies such as Booksmart, Dazed and Confused or Pretty in Pink would have played out during a global pandemic. This year’s seniors are living what readers just imagined.

Graduation from high school is a milestone deeply rooted in the exploration of future possibilities, celebrations of freedom and physical rituals that are hard to conceive of when leaving your house involves masking up and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people.

MAC...

Kaitlyn Dobler - MAC Scholar Athlete

Scholarship Shoutout Saturday – Kaitlyn Dobler

Try to picture how movies such as Booksmart, Dazed and Confused or Pretty in Pink would have played out during a global pandemic. This year’s seniors are living what readers just imagined.

Graduation from high school is a milestone deeply rooted in the exploration of future possibilities, celebrations of freedom and physical rituals that are hard to conceive of when leaving your house involves masking up and maintaining a six-foot distance from other people.

MAC Scholar Athletes are,...