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Trailblazing anthropologist says Zora Neale Hurston among first to study Black Americans as anthropologist

Irma McClaurin Ph.D., who has blazed trails as an anthropologist, an author, poet and a university administrator, will give the keynote address at The Skanner Foundation's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

"We are delighted to have a speaker of her caliber come to Portland to talk to us about the impact of broadband and what is happening in other parts of the country, and the world," said Bernie Foster, publisher of The Skanner News.


"Challenging People to Shape a Better Future Now" is the cornerstone of the Skanner Foundation's mission. We are confident people can improve their future through the positive actions they take today rather than letting the circumstances of the past hold them back. Through our Scholarship Program, we help students accomplish their educational goals to ensure a bright and successful future within their communities.

Co-founders Bernard and Bobbie Foster established the Skanner Foundation in 1993 and have given in excess of $222,000 in grants, gifts, scholarships and donations. Both Bernie and Bobbie have demonstrated outstanding service in the community, setting a perfect example of the foundation's mission. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have owned and operated The Skanner Newspapers since 1975. The platform on which the newspapers were built parallels that of the foundation. By working in conjunction with each other, both the foundation and the newspapers have insured the success of both.


The Skanner Foundation Scholarship Awards

Photos from The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast with The Skanner Foundation's Scholarship Awards 2012


Presented at the Martin Luther King Breakfast

The Skanner Foundation helps talented young Americans pursue higher education. Through gifts provided by our corporate sponsors and individuals we provide scholarships to deserving college students on an equal opportunity basis.


Mike Green gives keynote at the Skanner Foundation 25th Annual event in honor of Dr. King

A 21st Century Economic Dream By Mike Green. Speech delivered at the MLK Breakfast at the Portland, Oregon Convention Center


Presented by The Skanner Foundation from The Oregon Convention Center

The Skanner Foundation 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast: Live Blog by Helen Silvis from the Oregon Convention Center. Keynote Speaker Mike Green


How to Apply for a Scholarship

The Skanner Scholarship Program is available to undergraduate students who maintain full time status at an accredited, post secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards should be applied toward tuition, room, board and, books and range from $1,000 to $3,000. Checks will be made payable to the institution. Individuals applying for a scholarship must forward one complete application packet to the address below. Current scholarship recipients must re-apply each year. Application packets must be postmarked no later than October 15th prior to the MLK Breakfast. Facsimiles and incomplete packets will not be accepted.


Presenting Ellyn Angelotti from The Poynter Institute

LIVE BLOG; The Skanner Foundation Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. Presenting Ellyn Angelotti from The Poynter Institute; Scholarship awards and the annual Drum Major for Justice award.


Singer, author, playwright and actor Lady Kitty Griffin will be bringing a double dose of entertainment to Portland in January. Griffin's musical play about the struggles and solutions of strong Black women, "Emerge: 7 Women, 7 Stools" will kick off a national tour on Jan. 28 and 29 at Portland's Winningstad Theatre.


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