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Future Connect is a scholarship and support program that focuses on eliminating barriers to college. We provide ongoing support for students throughout their time at PCC, and this support includes scholarship money, career guidance, personalized advising, and some free classes.


To be eligible for Future Connect, students must:

  • Complete their high school diploma or GED® during the 2022-2023 school year and are under the age of 21.
  • Attend PCC starting in the fall of 2023.
  • Identify as either first-generation or low-income (or both).
  • Live or attend high school in Multnomah County, Hillsboro, or Beaverton.

Every year we receive approximately 1000-1200 applicants and we award 350-400 recipients based on funding. Please know this is not an automatic application to be in the program.

The Future Connect application is now open for students to apply for Fall 2023.

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Schedule a visit – we’ll visit your school and talk with students about Future Connect. Contact Jana Daugherty to schedule a visit.

What Future Connect can offer your students

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Scholarship money

Future Connect applicants who are selected for the scholarship will receive a minimum of $600 per year for two years. Applicants are also eligible for many other student scholarship opportunities available to all PCC students.

Student in a Career Exploration Center

College success coach

Access to a personalized academic advisor to help students navigate their college experience.

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Career Guidance

Free classes focused on surviving and succeeding during their time at PCC and beyond.

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Job and internship resources

Access to internships that provide real-world opportunities they can apply to their college experience and learning.

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Enrichment activities

An intensive summer pre-college orientation and continuing workshops and extracurricular gatherings throughout the school year to help students transition into college and excel in their studies and career goals.

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Transfer support

If students are planning on continuing their education at a university after PCC, we’ll help guide them through the transfer process. They’ll also have access to Next Step scholarships that are just for Future Connect students at PSU, OSU, Lewis and Clark, Linfield College, and Pacific University.

Student stories

Kala Loveless

Being in a situation where I have to put myself through school, I was terrified as to how I was going to make that happen. Future Connect provided me with the opportunities and resources necessary to make it possible. This program helped me to realize that the dreams I’ve always had can be a reality. Kala Loveless, future social worker

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