The Wildhorse Foundation has generously funded College Possible in Oregon for the last two years and we want to take a moment to highlight the work they’re doing in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.
The Wildhorse Foundation donates almost $1 million every year to local programs that benefit their homeland area: Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties in Oregon; Benton, Columbia and Walla Walla counties in Washington; and Native American organization in the Pacific Northwest region. The foundation funds projects in several areas, from cultural activities to education to salmon restoration, and manages the charitable giving on behalf of Wildhorse Resort & Casino and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Since the foundation’s creation, it has provided more than $11 million for projects within its communities.
College Possible has received two grants from The Wildhorse Foundation in support of 91 low-income, rural students at Umatilla, Riverside, Irrigon and McLoughlin high schools. In Oregon, students from rural areas are 10 percent less likely to enroll in college compared to their urban peers. College Possible believes that all Oregon students should have the opportunity to go as far as their talent and motivation will take them, regardless of income or where they live.
The Wildhorse Foundation supports our statewide initiative, a program serving rural students across Oregon. The program and curriculum is based on our proven curriculum, taking into account the geographical challenge of serving students in rural communities across the state. AmeriCorps coaches visit high schools once per month, meeting students one-on-one during the day and leading sessions after school. Between monthly sessions, coaches provide mentoring through various technology platforms. We have just entered our third year of programming in rural Oregon and look forward to measuring our impact and making adjustments as needed to ensure we’re supporting these students in the best way possible.
Thank you to The Wildhorse Foundation for its continued support of college-bound and current college students in Oregon.