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Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Wildfires force evacuations in Spokane, Columbia River Gorge

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday.The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile (2.6 sq. kilometer), broke out near a residential area.Several homes caught...

Prominent sovereign citizen sentenced for federal bank fraud

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent sovereign citizen has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to launder money.The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf was sentenced Tuesday after delivering a 45-minute speech denying the federal judge's...

Wildfires force evacuations in Spokane, Columbia River Gorge

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday.The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile (2.6 sq. kilometer), broke out near a residential area.Several homes caught...

Authorities form task force to investigate wildfires

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in western Washington state are forming a task force to investigate a series of recent wildfires.KCPQ-TV reports the Mason County Sheriff's Office is working with state and local agencies after more than 15 fires were reported in the county over a short period of...


A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...


Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate's clemency request because he's black.Christopher Young, 34,...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 2004 store owner slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local):6:45 p.m.A 34-year-old Texas prisoner has been executed for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner during an attempted robbery nearly 14 years ago.Christopher Young received a lethal injection...

Is Trump's retraction his final word on Russia? Unlikely

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington political playbook called for President Donald Trump to make clear — and fast — that the U.S. wasn't in the pocket of Russia President Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, Trump relented, saying he misspoke on Russian election meddling.But apologies and...


World Cup finale reaches 16 million viewers in U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Cup soccer final where France defeated Croatia was seen by just over 16 million people in the United States on Sunday.While that made the Sunday morning telecast on Fox and Telemundo the most-watched program of the week, it represented a significant drop in...

'McQueen' examines career of a brilliant, troubled designer

NEW YORK (AP) — The London fashion world didn't know quite what hit it when Alexander McQueen's disheveled models staggered down the runway at his 1995 "Highland Rape" show, their Scottish-inspired clothing ripped to expose breasts and nether regions.It was exactly the reaction that McQueen,...

Destiny's Child singer Williams seeks mental health help

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams says she's seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years.Williams said in an Instagram post Tuesday that she has "sought help from a great team of health care professionals."She gave no specifics on her treatment,...


Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 10 home runs . A slew of strikeouts.The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego's Gaslamp District Wednesday for the annual four-day...

Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have...

Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean

MADRID (AP) — A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the...

Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama...

Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President...

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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 31 prior to the MLK Breakfast. Facsimiles and incomplete packets will not be accepted.

Award letters will be forwarded to recipients only by The Skanner Foundation. The initial award and any renewals are in the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Recipients agree that their receipt of a scholarship award may be publicized by the scholarship sponsors. A representative of the Scholarship Committee may interview applicants. Mail complete application packets to:

The Skanner Foundation
PO Box 5455
Portland, OR 97228
ATTN: Scholarship Administrator



  • Undergraduate student or high school student transitioning to college
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5
  • Attending a post secondary, accredited institution or planning to attend
  • Plans to attend school for entire academic year, beginning in the fall, 12 credit hours per quarter
  • Completed 20 hours of “active” community service within past 12-months with certified documentation
  • Leadership involvement

Click here to download a copy of The Skanner Scholarship Application. The application is a fillable pdf. You can type your answers directly on the form and print. Or you can print the application and fill it out by hand.


us forestry 180The Skanner Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacifc Northwest Region, will award two scholarships of $1,500 each to an eligible graduating high school senior and/or an eligible college student in the Portland/Vancouver/Seattle areas. For this supplemental scholarship questionaire, click here. Submit the supplemental questionaire along with The Skanner Scholarship Application by October 31 prior to the MLK Breakfast.



The Skanner Foundation Scholarships 2018 Awarded

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Scholarship Application Essay

Applicants are required to submit a 600 words minimum essay using one of the following topics. It is also encouraged and preferred that the essays be typed.

  • Why are the academic results of minority youth (k-12), in the areas of reading and mathematics below the national average and what strategies do you believe school systems should implement to improve these statistics?
  • How should the minority community address the nation’s need for economic development? How would you define and address current issues of race relations in America? What challenges are currently faced by young minority males or females?


Official Academic Transcript

Applicants must request an official academic transcript from their most recent school or college. Transcripts must be included in the packets.


Confirmation of Community Service Form

Applicants are required to have performed minimum of 20 active service hours within the 12-month preceding the application deadline. Scholarship applicants and recipients should complete and submit the Confirmation of Community Service Form as certification of service performed. Confirmation forms should be completed for each project. Applicants and recipients may make copies of the form as needed.

“Active” service shall be defined as “An activity that allows one to extend themselves in service to another without compensation, remuneration, personal gain or benefit.” See below for a sampling of acceptable projects:

  • Ex. 1 ACTIVE SERVICE - Qualifying Service Projects (serving food to the homeless through soup kitchen or shelter, tutoring students, picking up litter and recycling, coordinating a community food/shelter drive).
  • Ex. 2 PASSIVE SERVICE - Non-qualifying Service Project (donating food/clothing in a clothing drive, babysitting, singing in a choir, serving as an officer in an official position of a church or civic organization).

Please note that this is not a complete list of qualifying service projects. If you have questions regarding acceptable projects, please contact the Scholarship Administrator: Rick Gustafson (503) 285-5555 ext. 508



Once notified of their selection, scholarship recipients must complete and forward the following items to us by December 1st.

  • Scholarship Acceptance Agreement
  • Personal Information Form
  • Copy of your fall registration sheet and bill
  • Community Service Verification Form


Any problems with the school receiving funds or any other concern, please contact The Skanner Foundation. No funds will be dispersed without all information on the form.

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