Minds Matter Portland is celebrating over a decade of service in local education. In the past 11 years, we have helped more than 130 motivated high school students achieve their dreams of attending premier universities, many with significant financial aid and scholarships. This accomplishment is only possible thanks to our completely volunteer-run Portland chapter and the contributions made by community members like you. That means that every donation you give goes straight to Minds Matter students like those pictured above. From here, our alumni travel across the globe, radiating generosity, intellect, and purpose. No matter where they go next, however, they take with them one shared truth: their minds matter.
Please join us in congratulating the Minds Matter Portland Class of 2017!
Minds Matter of Portland marked its tenth year with ten amazing graduating seniors. Each student has been admitted, with substantial financial aid, to a four-year college or university.
Please join us in congratulating the Minds Matter Portland Class of 2016, and check out where they’re headed!
Karina Paul, Clark College
Biftu Sultan, Lewis & Clark College
Pei Pei Chen, Pacific Lutheran University
Cecelina Robinson, Pacific Lutheran University
Tran Hoang, Pacific Lutheran University
Yessica Martinez, Stanford University
Benjamin Kitoko, University of Oregon
Kathy Truong, University of Portland
Gameti Kalil, University of Washington
Hannah Kwak, Wellesley College
Minds Matter of Portland marked its ninth year with thirteen amazing graduating seniors. Each student has been admitted, with substantial financial aid, to a four-year college or university.
Please join us in congratulating the Minds Matter Portland Class of 2015, and check out where they’re headed!
Anayanci de Paz · Reed College
Chrisleine Temple · Williams College
Cristina Flores · Pacific Lutheran University
Diana Rivas-Garcia · Lehigh University
Haedon Brunelle · Pacific Lutheran University
Hanna Olson · Carroll College
Isaac Kelly · Lehigh University
Laura Phillips · Kenyon College
Matt Tan · Oregon Institute of Technology
Nebeu Fekede · University of Richmond
Sean Reichardt · Washington State University
Thien Nguyen · Northeastern University
Tihanne Mar-Shall · Lewis and Clark College
Minds Matter alumna Angie Jimenez (Forest Grove High School ’10) graduated May 24 from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Hispanic Studies. PLU profiled her for their Graduate Voices series.
It was mandatory that she attend every … single … session if she were to stay in the program, which tutors and supports disadvantaged high-school youth and prepares them to enter top-notch colleges.
But the glasslike surface was too much, and her car ended up in a ditch. Still determined, she convinced the program mentor, who came to pick her up, to bring her back to classes, only to find out they’d been canceled due to the weather.
“It’s that kind of commitment which marks these graduates,” said Dale Benson, a member of PLU’s Board of Regents who, along with his wife, Jolita, sponsored Jimenez in the Minds Matter program and assisted in the financing of her college education. The Bensons became involved in Minds Matter through a friend at their church. The Bensons were impressed by the program and decided to help out.
In a rare downtime slot the week before graduation, Jimenez said that as she walks across the stage on May 24, becoming the first in her family to earn a college degree— in her case, Hispanic Studies—she will be grateful for all the support that made her journey possible: from the Bensons, her Minds Matter tutors, the Karl Stumo family, her PLU professors and her parents, who arrived in the U.S. as undocumented workers 15 years ago.