The Campaign for Opportunity

"My vision - and that of the PCC Foundation - is that one day everyone will have the opportunity to go to PCC and have the support they need to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay." - PCC President Emeritus Preston Pulliams

Dr. Pulliams served as college president from 2004 to 2013, and in his final year, Dr. Pulliams set a goal of raising the next million dollars to open the door to college for first-generation, low-income students. The campaign will remain ongoing, as gifts will provide life-changing opportunities for students who would otherwise not have a chance at a college education.

PCC Students

The Campaign for Opportunity supports

  • Scholarships: To help first generation students enroll at PCC and ease their loan burden. Students in targeted programs, as well as students at all PCC campuses, will benefit.
  • Student Support & Program Services: PCC programs designed to help first-generation, low-income students through specialized services that boost access and success. Examples of such programs include:

Many Ways to Give

Give Online

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PCC Foundation
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990

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Other Ways You Can Make College Possible for First-Generation Students
  • Your employer may match your gift. Check with your company to see if they offer this benefit. This is an excellent way to multiply your contribution.
  • PCC faculty and staff can support the Campaign for Opportunity via monthly payroll deduction.
  • Businesses, civic organizations, and individual donors can make one-time or multiple year pledges. Donors may designate their gifts for a specific PCC program as noted or make a general gift to the Campaign for Opportunity.
  • Retirees can support the Campaign for Opportunity by creating a charitable gift annuity that generates a steady income stream for life, and ultimately leaves a gift for PCC students.
  • Anyone can include the PCC Foundation in their will to leave a legacy for students or make a gift of tangible property such as stock or real estate.

PCC provides more access to higher education than any other college in Oregon
  • 40% of PCC credit students are the first in their families to attend college.
  • 45% of PCC's degree-seeking students receive financial aid.
  • Over a third of PCC's degree-seeking students are from low-income families.
The Campaign for Opportunity will support programs that foster student success through support services including:
  • Individualized academic advising
  • Personal financial aid assistance
  • Scholarship awards and assistance with scholarship searches and applications
  • Career planning
  • Guidance – and financial help – to transfer to a four-year institution
  • Free admission and transportation to cultural events
  • Free visits to local colleges and universities
  • Tutoring services and peer mentoring