Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities Awards Eleven CIC/UPS Scholarships to Oregon Private College Students

By October 12, 2021 No Comments

TUALATIN – The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities is grateful to announce the awarding of eleven Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)/United Parcel Service (UPS) Scholarships to deserving students of its member institutions.

Nationally, CIC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, provided more than $1.4 million in student scholarships to support student success at private colleges and universities. This year, of the eleven CIC/UPS Scholarships awarded by The Alliance, three were awarded to students of color, two to first-generation students, and five to students who are both students of color and first-generation.

“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support nearly 450 low-income, first-generation, minority, and new American students in 26 states through the CIC/UPS Scholarships,” said Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Through our partnership with The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, these scholarships help individual students pursue their education at one of Oregon’s superb independent colleges and universities.”

Over the eleven years The Alliance has received the CIC/UPS Scholarship, 134 Oregon students have received this financial aid. Trini Luna Vargas, a senior studying biology at Linfield University and CIC/UPS Scholarship recipient, stated that “[t]his scholarship takes away some financial stress off my shoulders as I try to navigate college as a first-generation student. The process is not easy, but it always uplifts my spirits when I know that there are people in my corner who are rooting for me. So thank you for giving me another reason to push through struggles and for financially supporting my career goals.”


About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 758 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. CIC also conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, the UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. The foundation’s philanthropic approach centers on four focus areas: health &; humanitarian relief, equity and economic empowerment, local engagement and planet protection. To UPS, giving means combining employees &; skills, passion and time with the company’s logistics expertise, transportation assets, and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society.

About The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”)

The Alliance is comprised of 13 private, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities. These institutions deliver high-quality experiential learning with high-impact teaching strategies. The Alliance is the collective voice of private education in public policy advocacy. For more information, visit or email