We believe that participation in athletics helps us reach our full potential.

We believe in supporting high-achieving individuals with demonstrated ability to succeed in higher education. Our scholarships offer a unique opportunity to make a significant difference in a student’s ability to attend and succeed in school and succeed despite financial need. Our scholarship recipients reflect the diversity of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

We believe there is a social, emotional and physical participation. We define athletic participation broadly to include individual athletes, team sports, club sport and all-abilities athlete. We also believe volunteerism and community connectivity are critically important aspects of student development.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN YOUTH IN 2019…

51

Scholarships Awarded

$

121,000

Awarded

30

Colleges Represented

Eligibility and Criteria


Multnomah Athletic Foundation scholarships are available to students who attend one of the Portland metro-area’s 29 high schools, participate in competitive athletics, demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. The foundation looks for athletic students who also believe and lead through volunteering in the community.

Scholarships do not have to be used at just colleges but are open to any accredited post secondary education including trade and vocational schools.

Eligible high schools are defined as the 5A and 6A Oregon high schools within 12 miles of the Multnomah Athletic Club. In 2020, these schools are:

  • Aloha
  • Beaverton
  • Benson
  • Central Catholic
  • Clackamas
  • Cleveland
  • David Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Jefferson
  • Jesuit
  • La Salle
  • Lake Oswego
  • Lakeridge
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Milwaukie
  • Mountainside
  • Parkrose
  • Rex Putnam
  • Roosevelt
  • Southridge
  • Sunset
  • St Mary's
  • Tigard
  • Tualatin
  • West Linn
  • Westview
  • Wilson


The Multnomah Athletic Foundation hosts a Scholarship Celebration Gathering at the end of every summer to honor the award recipients and alumni, recognize volunteers and thank the donors that make scholarships possible. To learn more about this event, please visit the events page.




Loprinzi

The Loprinzi scholarship recognizes students who embrace the spirit of Joe Loprinzi. Ideal candidates will seize the day, stay active with the folks in their community and work hard while having fun. Everyday Joe’s spirit and memory motivates many people to seize the day. 

Applicants should be energetic and confident examples of achievement through athletics in our community.  Students should demonstrate financial need to attend school, participate in competitive athletics, have a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA, planning to enroll full-time in the upcoming fall term and have a strong character and leadership involvement in their school and community.

The Loprinzi scholarship offers three $8,000 awards that is available for any field of study at any two- or four-year accredited institution. It is nonrenewable but the funding can be split in half for $4,000 for each of the first two years. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, books or technology.

In addition, one recipient from every high school will be offered a $1,000 scholarship as the school’s finalist.

The deadline to apply is March 1. Take a look at the specific requirements for a successful application.

Houser

The Houser scholarship acknowledges Lincoln High School students who are energetic and confident examples of achievement through athletics in the community. Lincoln provided a formative experience This scholarship is a way for brothers Greg and Peter Houser brothers to give back and positively influence scholar athletes from their alma mater.

Applicants should be a current senior in good standing at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon. Students need to demonstrate financial need or a funding gap to attend school. They should participate in competitive athletics, have a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.0 GPA, plan to enroll full-time in the upcoming fall term and have a strong character and leadership involvement in their school and community.

The Houser scholarship awards one individual a $10,000 scholarship for undergraduate work that is renewable for a second year. It can be for any field of study at any two or four-year accredited institution. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, books or technology. 

The deadline to apply is March 1. Take a look at the specific requirements for a successful application.

MAC Scholar Athlete Program

The Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar Athlete program students are nominated by each high school’s selection committee during their sophomore year based on their athletic and academic accomplishments and community involvement. 

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation funds a nonrenewable $1,500 scholarship that is available for any field of study at any two or four-year accredited institution. The award can be used any time within a 6-year period after graduating from high school. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, books and technology for any field of study.

Each nominated student is provided online materials to apply for the MAC Scholar Athlete program and scholarship. The student application deadline is in mid-January. A trained group of volunteers from the Multnomah Athletic Club, Multnomah Athletic Foundation and the community will select one student from each high school. The cohort is announced in early March.

Sasser MAC Employee

The Sasser MAC employee scholarship celebrates the amazing employees of the Multnomah Athletic Club who are energetic and confident examples of achievement through athletics in our community. The scholarship honors Fay Sasser’s 44 years of exceptional and dedicated service at the Multnomah Athletic Club. She was a consummate professional who remembered hundreds of faces and names every day.

Applicants should be enrolled or plan to enroll as a part-time or full-time student in the fall at a post-secondary school in a course of study that leads to a two-year, four-year or graduate degree. The applicant, or their parent/guardian, must be employed at the Multnomah Athletic Club for the last two years as of April 1. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative unweighted 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need or funding gap to attend school.

The scholarship is awarded for one academic year and applicants can reapply each year based on continued eligibility.

The deadline to apply is June 1. Take a look at the specific requirements for a successful application.

Fox

The Fox scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior from Franklin High School. Mel Fox was a proud graduate and athlete from Franklin High School. Fox led by example. In his professional career, Fox serves as the athletic director and general manager of the Multnomah Athletic Club.

There is no application for this scholarship as a Franklin high school committee selects the recipient.

Johnson

The Johnson scholarship is awarded to a Multnomah Athletic Club female gymnast for post-secondary education. Most gymnasts start their gymnastic career when they are 5- or 6-years old, Phyllis Johnson started hers at 58. Johnson’s passion for the sport, dedication to excellence and ability to inspire others is honored by the award.

There is no application for this scholarship as a committee determines eligible candidates.

Miller

The Miller scholarship is awarded to a Multnomah Athletic Club male gymnast for post-secondary education. Michael Scott Miller was a national caliber athlete and member of the Multnomah Athletic Club. Michael’s physical effort, attitude, and dedication to the sport of gymnastics inspired his coaches, teammates, and parents.

There is no application for this scholarship as a committee determines eligible candidates.

Turner

The Turner scholarship is awarded to a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club swim team. Stephani Turner was a swim coach at the MAC. Her spirit, attitude and dedication to her team and athletes are remembered by this annual scholarship.

There is no application for this scholarship as a committee determines eligible candidates.

How to Recommend

A recommendation letter is part of most scholarship applications. Your words as a recommender help us get to know the student’s character, rather than through their grades and test scores. Your perspective as a teacher, coach, mentor or other adult in this students life is valuable. Because we don’t have the opportunity to meet the student in person, recommendation letters are very important.

The letter of recommendation should show the student’s abilities and strengths. The purpose of the letter is to express a student’s accomplishments and their potential to succeed in the future.

Your experience with the student is a very important part of the letter. The scholarship committee wants to understand how the students work with others. When describing your experience with the student, be sure to include details. This helps the review team understand what type of person the student is.

You should highlight the student’s strengths and their potential to succeed in higher education. You should talk about the student’s academic performance and how they manage schoolwork and challenging material. Or perhaps you will speak to the student’s athletic involvement, leadership, performance and how they manage athletics in challenging situations. You should be able to show why the student is likely to succeed in a higher education institution.

Thank you for being willing to voice your support for the student athletes. The recommendation portal will ask you to name the student, your relationship to the student and then upload your recommendation as a PDF.

How to Nominate

One of our scholarship programs, the MAC Scholar Athlete program, provides a nomination process from partners at the 29 program high schools.

This nomination portal will be available in December.

Materials for recipients

You were awarded a scholarship – CONGRATS! Now we need to know how to proceed given your plans for higher education and life! We know that life can require adjustments so we have two options for our scholarship award recipients

You can complete the Authorization for Funding form and its supporting documentation to make the funding available for the Fall (deadline August 1) or Spring (deadline January 1) terms.

Another option is a deferment of the funding for either 6 or 12 months. Complete instructions, information and deadlines on the Deferment document and form.