The Alliance has distributed $33,000 in Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)/UPS Scholarships to assist 11 students at private colleges and universities in Oregon. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the CIC in Washington, D.C., through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.
“We are deeply appreciative of and proud to distribute the CIC/UPS scholarships to undergraduate students who are first-generation, low-income, minority, or new American students enrolled at Alliance member institutions,” said Alliance President Jim Bauer. “These scholarship funds, which cannot be used to replace any aid already committed to the recipients, help the students mitigate debt, stay focused on their studies, and thrive on our campuses.”
Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.6 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.
Colleges in Oregon that received CIC/UPS Scholarships this year from The Alliance include Concordia University, Corban University, George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Northwest Christian University, Pacific University, Reed College, University of Portland, Warner Pacific University, and Willamette University.
“Independent colleges and universities in this country are remarkably effective at educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students in less time, with less student debt,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “Helping these students afford a private college education is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to be a partner with the UPS Foundation and The Alliance as we help to support deserving students.”
The CIC/UPS Scholarship Program has made a private college education possible for more than 20,000 low-income and first-generation students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to work with CIC to provide scholarships for students at independent colleges and universities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
About the Council of Independent Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 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. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. www.cic.edu
About The UPS Foundation
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment. In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.