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Corban University Partners with Act Six

“This partnership is an opportunity to recognize students who show incredible aptitude and leadership capabilities, but who may have experienced significant hurdles in their academic journey. The Act Six scholarship levels the playing field for students who need it most.” – Dr. Sheldon C. Nord

SALEM, Ore.

Last month, Corban University announced a four-way partnership with Mountain West Investment Corporation, Portland Leadership Foundation, and Degrees of Change to offer full-need Act Six leadership scholarships to high-performing students from urban and under-represented communities.

Increasing the multicultural diversity of the Corban community is among Corban’s highest strategic priorities. If Corban graduates are to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ, they need to have college experiences that enable them to understand, discuss, and gain empathy regarding a broad range of cultural and ethnic issues.

But not all students have the same access to higher education, and those coming from low-income communities are particularly susceptible. Due to a wide variety of pressures and circumstances, less than a third of all students from low-income families gain a higher education degree. These statistics worsen for those students who are the first in their family to go to college.*

When high-performing students from low-income communities face hurdles to pursuing a higher educational degree, all members of the community suffer. For this reason, Corban has decided to partner with Mountain West Investment Corporation, Portland Leadership Foundation, and Degrees of Change to offer Act Six scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Corban will become the 17th university in the nation to offer Act Six scholarships and the third in the state of Oregon.

Dr. Sheldon C. Nord, President, says, “This partnership is an opportunity to recognize students who show incredible aptitude and leadership capabilities, but who may have experienced significant hurdles in their academic journey. The Act Six scholarship levels the playing field and increases accessibility to students who need it most, and Corban University is honored to be a part of that process.”

Students who are interested in attending Corban University through the Act Six program can apply directly to Act Six. The application for fall 2020 will be available this fall at https://www.actsix.org/.

About Corban: Corban is a private Christian university with an 80-year history of educating students who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Situated on a beautiful forested hillside overlooking Oregon’s capital, Corban is only an hour from Portland, the Cascade Mountains, and the Oregon coast. Academic excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, as well as online, prepares students for careers as business leaders, educators, medical professionals, politicians, ministry leaders, and more. Expert faculty, a tight-knit community, and opportunities for local and global engagement provide for students’ growth both in and beyond the classroom.

About Act Six: Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that connects local faith-based community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy: Recruit and select, train and prepare, send and fund, and support and inspire. Learn more at https://www.actsix.org/about/

*See College for America’s “Addressing the College Completion Gap Among Low-Income Students” for an overview of studies, found at https://collegeforamerica.org/college-completion-low-income-students/

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