Oregon Community Foundation's Doris J.Wipper Fund Aids Willamette Academy

Willamette University is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation's Doris J. Wipper Fund to support Willamette Academy, a University program that prepares and encourages ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged 7th through 12th grade students to achieve their dream of a college education. Having completed its fifth year of operation, the Academy witnessed its first graduating class successfully earn their high school diplomas. Of the Class of 2007, 92 percent will be attending college; 60 percent are enrolled at 4 year institutions and 32 percent will begin at a 2 year college. The Oregon Community Foundation has invited Willamette University to reapply for third year grant for Willamette Academy in the amounts of $10,000.

Founded in 1842, Willamette University has one of the country's top-ranked, private liberal arts colleges as well as accredited graduate programs in law, business and education. The University's mission is to provide a lively and challenging education to diverse groups nationally and internationally, while honoring its roots in the United Methodist Church and the Pacific Northwest. Since 1975, the University has received more than $1.6 million from the Oregon Community Foundation for a variety of projects.

The Oregon Community Foundation, established in 1973, has managed charitable funds charitable funds donated by individuals, families and businesses to enhance and support the quality of life in their communities. Today, the Foundation's endowment consists of more than 1,300 funds with combined assets of $903 million.

The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the Foundation's Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Portland office at 1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205, or call 503-227-6846.