Supporting the college dreams of Oregon students since 2013.


Only 43.5% of students who start high school in Oregon go on to enroll in college. We’re working to increase that number.

College Possible Oregon is making college admission and success possible for more than 1,449 low-income Oregon students. The organization created the Portland site in 2012 and began serving students the following year. In the 2018-2019 school year, College Possible Portland expanded into College Possible Oregon to better reflect the work the organization is doing outside of the Portland-metro region.

This school year, College Possible Oregon is serving 626 high school students and 823 college students. Our high school students have an average GPA of 3.17 and 73% are students of color.

Through the generous support of local organizations, foundations and individuals, the program will continue to grow and help more low-income students achieve their dreams of a college degree.

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College Possible Oregon
532 SE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Phone: 971-407-2960
Fax: 971-230-1970

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes New Board Member

    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sona Karentz Andrews to the Oregon board of directors! A professor of geography and provost emerita at Portland State University, Andrews grew up in New England and has lived in Portland for 10 years. She began her college studies at the Nishan Palanjian Armenian College in Beirut, Lebanon and […]

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  • A Note From Oregon’s Executive Director

    This week starts the onboarding of 43 new AmeriCorps members in Oregon. In a normal year, that means that we’d all be loading onto a plane at PDX on our way to Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota to experience Kick-Off with all of our other College Possible sites. Of course, this year is far […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes New Director of Development and Communications

    We are excited to welcome Elena Hein as Oregon’s new director of development and communications. Hein is passionate about College Possible’s mission and has a demonstrated commitment to social justice and community-centric fundraising practices throughout her career. Hein started her career in the nonprofit sector nearly two decades ago at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society […]

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  • Join the College Possible Oregon Ambassador Board

    The College Possible Ambassador Board is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who raise support and awareness for College Possible to help students in Oregon achieve their college goals. The board has three goals: Raise financial support to further the mission of College Possible. Increase awareness and visibility of College Possible […]

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  • Making the Most of Summer with Transition Coaches

    School is out and even if things were “normal” and we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, we would still be providing support to students throughout the summer. This year, it’s even more crucial with so many unanswered questions about what the fall will hold for schools and concerns about how students will be […]

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  • Oregon Launch! Goes Virtual

    Like everything else amid a pandemic, College Possible Oregon’s Launch! celebration looked a little different this year. Typically we spend a Saturday in late May celebrating all of our high school seniors who are graduating and moving onto their next step: college. This year, we transitioned to a completely virtual celebration in early June. It […]

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  • Summer Bridge Combats Summer Melt

    Summer melt is the phenomenon where incoming college freshmen don’t enroll in classes the fall after they are accepted into college. A number of factors may play into that decision, but one of the main reasons is students lack a knowledgeable guide to help navigate the transition to college. Many don’t know what the next […]

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  • Don’t Let COVID-19 Limit Access and Completion of College

    Written by College Possible Oregon board of director members, Ken Thrasher and Scott Dawson. COVID-19 has further illustrated the impact from growing wealth disparities in America. Now more than ever, Oregon cannot afford to further this gap by turning our backs on highly motivated high school and college students who come from historically underserved backgrounds. […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Welcomes Emielle Nischik as New Executive Director

    College Possible Oregon is pleased to announce Emielle Nischik as its new executive director. Nischik will be stepping into outgoing Executive Director Julie Mancini’s role following a two-month transition period. “I am delighted to welcome Emielle into the executive director role at College Possible after more than four years serving as our director of development […]

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  • Legacy Health Awards College Possible Oregon Three-Year Grant

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges. Having consistent funding means a great deal to our organization, which is why we are pleased to announce that College Possible Oregon has been awarded the Community Health Grant from Legacy Health. The grant provides $50,000 of support to our Flagship high school program for three-years. This funding […]

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  • College Possible Oregon Executive Director Julie Mancini Announces Departure

    Mancini’s six-year tenure at College Possible helped expand access to and success in college for underserved students across Oregon. College Possible Oregon announced that Executive Director Julie Mancini will be leaving in June 2020. Mancini’s contributions to College Possible Oregon were invaluable and her leadership resulted in the program’s statewide expansion and increase in the […]

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  • A Side Hustle for Good

    Angela Scott and her husband Jeff share a passion for vintage fashion and bringing it back into circulation. Rematch Vintage is their Etsy store founded to combat fast-fashion pollution and reduce contamination of the Earth’s resources. What started with a few garments quickly developed into a loyal following and they decided to give back a […]

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  • Shopping at Bridge & Burn Supports College Possible Students

    Every quarter, Bridge & Burn selects a new, local nonprofit partner to donate one percent of their sales to. They call it their One Percent For Good program and it aligns with their mission to give back to those who are making a meaningful difference in the world, investing in the community that has given […]

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  • Oregon Celebrates First Class of College Graduates

    Six years ago, College Possible began programming in four east Multnomah County schools with 140 high school juniors. Fast forward and we have collectively made it to today to celebrate our first class of college graduates! In honor of this momentous occasion, we threw a Grad Party to celebrate on June 19! Graduates, along with […]

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  • Two Oregon Students Join 2019 Class of Dell Scholars

    While there is no shortage of student stories we could share about winning incredible scholarships and awards, this year the stories of Faiza and Blanca stand out. Not because their stories have much to do with one another, but because both earned Dell Scholarships! In total, 500 Dell Scholarships were awarded throughout the country this […]

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  • Oregon Launches the High School Class of 2019!

    On Saturday, May 18, College Possible Oregon celebrated the accomplishments of high school seniors with our annual Launch! Celebration. Over 200 students, family members, College Possible AmeriCorps and staff gathered to celebrate the class of 2019. The keynote speaker, and youngest Metro councilor in Washington County history, Juan Carlos González opened the event with an […]

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  • Summer Bridge Addresses Summer Melt

    Each year approximately 10-40 percent of high school students accepted into a college or university don’t enroll in the fall. The phenomenon called “summer melt” disproportionately affects students from low-income backgrounds. The U.S. Department of Education says that, “the lower a student’s income, the more likely they are to experience summer melt because they lack […]

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  • AT&T Grant Leads to Better Family Engagement in Oregon

    First-generation college students and their families share many misconceptions and uncertainties around the college-going process, concerns that can impact a student’s success. In fact, research shows those students whose parents are involved in their decisions have higher post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates. At College Possible Oregon, engaging families in our programming is key to the […]

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  • Warner Pacific University Leads the Way with Instant Warner Pacific Days

    Don’t you love it when you try something new and it works? Warner Pacific University’s newest initiative, Instant Warner Pacific Days, was created especially for College Possible students to encourage more college applications. Last month, an admissions counselor from the university visited all six of our local high schools in east Multnomah County during after-school […]

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  • So many ways to support students in Oregon!

    As we head into giving season, there are so many places you can support students earning college degrees. Here is a rundown of all the different ways you can support College Possible: Shop at New Seasons – now through Jan. 29, 2019 New Seasons Market has a generous Bag It Forward program, and two stores […]

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  • Meet College Possible Oregon Supporters Andy and Holly Weyer

    Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is a wonderful thing for many reasons: It raises money for hundreds of nonprofits in our community, it reinforces the importance of philanthropy and it exposes new organizations to new donors. College Possible is fortunate to have participated in the Give!Guide for the last four years. And it was through the Give!Guide […]

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  • We Say Goodbye to Program Director, Francisco Bueno

    Goodbyes are always so hard, but this one feels particularly hard. Francisco Bueno has been with College Possible Portland since the beginning. He grew our programming from serving zero students to now serving 1,500 students with intensive coaching and support – and that was in just five years. To say that he’s been an asset […]

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  • Spotlight On: The Wildhorse Foundation

    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 […]

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  • Hello New AmeriCorps Members!

    All new AmeriCorps members and College Possible staff descended upon Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, last month for an annual event we call Kick-Off. This is a few days every August that the entire College Possible team gets together to kick-off the year ahead. Most of the time is spent in trainings, but it’s […]

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  • We Look Back on the Year with Gratitude

    Terms of service wrap up for our 38 AmeriCorps members this week and we want to say thank you to each and every one of them! As part of their year of service, we ask AmeriCorps members to reflect back on their term and share their stories. These can be about anything: their students, something […]

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  • Hear From a College-Bound Graduate

    Khaymanta, a graduate from the class of 2018 at Reynolds High School, was the elected student speaker at our end of year celebration event and we wanted to share his inspirational speech with you. “I am very pleased to be speaking to you today, on behalf of the College Possible students of Oregon. My name […]

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  • Off to College

    College Possible students are impressive and the graduating high school Class of 2018 is no exception. This fall, 265 College Possible Oregon students are headed to college in the fall. We applaud each student for all the hard work they put in preparing for college, choosing which college to attend, going through the application process […]

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  • Support The Portland Children’s Levy

    The Portland Children’s Levy was created by voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed in both 2008 and 2013. In the 15 years since voters first approved the Levy, over $150 million has been invested in more than 50 organizations, including College Possible. Levy funds have annually supported services for more than 14,000 children. The organizations […]

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  • What has been accomplished this year?

    College Possible Portland students and AmeriCorps coaches have made tremendous achievements this year through their incredible hard work and dedication. These preliminary results will grow over the next few months, but provide a good look at the progress our students have made toward college graduation. 96 percent of seniors have completed the financial aid process. […]

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  • Real Deal Champions

    This article is written by Jillian Mills, Community Partnerships AmeriCorps Member. As part of her role, Jillian organized four practice ACT exams for high school juniors, as well as the Real Deal ACT. Here’s her recap on what went into a successful testing day!   Hundreds of bagels, granola bars, bananas and oranges. More than […]

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  • Julie Mancini Named 2018 Woman of Influence

    Anyone who has worked with her knows that Executive Director Julie Mancini is a woman of influence. Now she has earned an award to prove it. Mancini has dedicated more than 30 years to founding, building and leading organizations in the arts, education and humanitarian aid arenas in Portland. She has the incredible ability to […]

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  • Identifying Gaps in Student Training

    Jennelle Johnson is in her second year as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible. She coached high school juniors last year and is now coaching the same group as seniors at Reynolds High School. Jenn saw a gap and advocated to add sexual assault and consent training for our AmeriCorps team and students. Here’s the […]

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  • A Night of Celebration

    On March 21, College Possible Portland hosted a gathering of more than 130 of our supporters, partners, AmeriCorps alumni, students and current team to celebrate and thank everyone for a wonderful year. It was also a chance to celebrate successfully maxing out our individual donor match of $100,000 in December! The match was generously offered […]

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  • Seizing Opportunities

    If a high school sophomore asked Alison whether they should join College Possible, she wouldn’t say much. She would simply tell them to do it. This fall, Alison is a freshman at Warner Pacific College studying education. Alison’s transition to college has been smooth, thanks in part to preparation she had as a College Possible […]

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  • A milestone in our college success program

    College Possible Portland has hit a major milestone in our college success program this fall. To best support our students, we are working to deepen our relationships with colleges and universities across Oregon. Thanks to our partnership with Portland State University, this year College Possible students attending PSU will be able to meet with their […]

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  • Serving students across Oregon

    The Statewide Initiative wrapped up its inaugural year of programming for low-income students throughout Oregon, and growth is on the horizon. Next year, our program will double in size to reach even more students across the state. Rural communities experience unique obstacles when it comes to college access, including technology and resource limitations. As a […]

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  • Seizing the opportunity to study abroad

    Most freshman in college spend their year settling in to campus life. In her first year at Portland State University, Nelyn has challenged herself to do just the opposite. This February, she left the comforts of campus to complete a semester abroad in India. Nelyn found out about the opportunity to travel with Carpe Mundi—a […]

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