This program is for individuals who are energetic and confident examples of achievement through athletics in our community. Embracing the spirit of Joe Loprinzi, the ideal candidates will seize the day, stay active with the folks in their communities and work hard while having fun.

Eligible student athletes from one of the 30 program high schools can apply with no nomination required. Each school will have an opportunity for a school finalist that will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The school finalists are then automatically considered for one of three $8,000 awards. The $8,000 scholarship awards are nonrenewable; however, the funding can be split to fund $4,000 in year 1 and $4,000 in year 2. There is no restriction on the field of study and the scholarship can be applied at any 2 or 4 year accredited institution towards tuition, fees, books, or technology. Deadline for application is March 1st.


The scholarship fund was established in 2000 to honor Joe Loprinzi.  Joe inspired many people as an enthusiastic fitness instructor at the Multnomah Athletic Club, an outstanding athlete and a supporter of education and youth athletics.  He believed in physical fitness. Every day Joe’s spirit and memory motivates many to seize the day, take the stairs and work hard while having fun. The Loprinzi Scholarship Program enables individuals to get a start on college and follow their dreams.

Criteria & Eligibility


  • Eligible student athletes from one of the 30 program high schools.
  • Due to an additional scholarship opportunity, students from Lincoln High School have a separate link to apply. Click here for the Loprinzi & Houser application.
  • Three $10,000 awards each year and 27 $1,000 school finalists awards.
  • Nonrenewable – the funding will be paid $5,000 per year for a total commitment of $10,000 per student.
  • Use for any field of study.
  • Use at any two- or four-year accredited institution.
  • Use funding for tuition, fees, books or technology.
  • Application deadline March 15


Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need to attend college or university. We are monitoring the FAFSA situation closely and are aware of the issues students face when trying to complete the application. To ease barriers for students, we are making changes to the FAFSA documentation requirements for our scholarship application. Please see below.
  • The eligibility for the program is a student aid index (SAI) below 35,000. Exceptions to the SAI threshold can be given in the application process for consideration.
  • Participate in competitive athletics.
  • Engaged in civic involvement and demonstrates leadership in their school and community activities.
  • Have a minimum cumulative (unweighted) 3.0 GPA.
  • Plan to enroll full time in the upcoming fall term.

Applicants may not be:

  • Children or dependents of Multnomah Athletic Foundation staff or board of directors.

Application Requirements

Before You Apply

  • Read the information below before you start your application so you can be fully prepared.
  • You will create a login based on your email address. This will allow you to sign in and out, work on the online application, save a draft and then submit when ready.
  • Prepare the answers to the required questions. The application contains eight questions, each with a limit of 300 words, and one essay with a limit of 750 words. Want to be doubly sure you have everything? Find a sample application to see exactly what applying will be like. We only accept electronic applications for the scholarship.
  • Given our DEIJ statement and focus of our work, self-identification is an important way to honor individuals as we gather data. The identification choices in the application are supplied by the Oregon Health Authority’s Equity and Inclusion Division and the Coalition of the Communities of Color. The information you provide will be kept confidential.

Gather This Information

  • A transcript – You will be asked to upload a PDF copy of your transcript.
  • School and non-school related clubs and organizations in which you have participated since your freshman year as well as any corresponding leadership positions.
  • Honors and awards that you received when participating in school, and non-school related clubs and organizations since your freshman year.
  • Volunteer organizations with which you have served, plus any awards and honors that you have received for your participation since freshman year.
  • 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 since freshman year.
  • After you complete the FAFSA / ORSAA, you will receive an email confirming that you have completed the filing. We will accept the email confirmation (PDF format) from the FAFSA with the estimated Student Aid Index (SAI) info. Uploading the FAFSA Submission Summary is no longer a requirement. If you are unable to get to the point of receiving an SAI and/or an email confirmation for the FAFSA/ORSAA, please reach out to us.  We will review the circumstance and provide a placeholder for the applicant to upload and/or instruct on situation-specific next steps.
  • We commit to being flexible in our process, ensuring students can submit their scholarship application by the deadline. Students will ultimately need to complete the FAFSA for final award and may be required to provide additional information for verification later in the selection process. In short, FAFSA documentation – or lack thereof – will not impede your ability to apply, submit and be reviewed.
  • Two letters of recommendation will be required to submit your application. You may upload a PDF of the letter or invite an individual to provide one through our online application system.

Application Timeline

  • Stage 1 High school seniors may apply between December 1 and March 15.
  • Stage 2 30 school finalists (one from each program high school) will be selected in April.
  • Stage 3 Six finalists will be notified and be invited to a personal interview.
  • Stage 4 Announcement of recipients in May.
  • Stage 5 The recipients will be honored at a MAF celebration event during July.