Bank of America gives Future Connect funding a boost with $25,000 check

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Mark Mitsui (PCC President), Jessica Hewitt (‎Vice President at Bank of America), Pam Blumenthal (Director of PCC’s Links Program), Roger Hinshaw (Bank of America Market President Oregon & SW Washington), Monique Barton (Senior Vice President at Bank of America), Matt Chase (Corporate & PCC Foundation Relations Officer) and Ann Prater (PCC Foundation Executive Director).

On Jan. 3, Bank of America gave the much-heralded Future Connect Scholarship Program a shot in the arm.

Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America Market President Oregon & SW Washington, handed Portland Community College President Mark Mitsui a check for $25,000 to help fund the growing program, which focuses on eliminating barriers to attending college through comprehensive, ongoing support throughout a student’s time at PCC.

Future Connect targets low-income, first-generation college students who aspire to attend college but face barriers to success. Launched in 2011, the program targets high school students in Multnomah County, Columbia County, Portland Public Schools, Hillsboro, and Beaverton. A new report by Education Northwest indicates the scholarship program has had a positive impact, boosting college completion or transfer rates within three years by 11 percent. Read about the report:



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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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