ECMC Scholars program

Most scholarship programs just hand out checks. We do more than that.

Our candidates go through a rigorous two-year mentoring program in their junior and senior years of high school. If they succeed in the program, they can earn up to $6,000 for college.

By reaching students early in high school, the ECMC Scholars Program gives students the skills and resources to realize their college goals. Developed for students in Oregon, Virginia and Connecticut, the ECMC Scholars Program:

  • Targets students who have potential but not necessarily the best test scores or grades
  • Gives students extra support during their junior and senior years
  • Pairs students with mentors who help them build strong study and social skills
  • Awards $4,000 to each successful ECMC Scholar for their first year of college
  • Provides $2,000 to qualifying ECMC Scholars for their second year of college

We created the program with the Oregon, Virginia and Connecticut state departments of education to find promising students at designated, underserved schools. A committee of counselors, teachers and principals at each school oversee their school's unique program.

Each school sets the standards for their ECMC Scholars Program by:

  • Establishing their own academic requirements for the program
  • Choosing students to participate in the program
  • Evaluating each scholar's performance
  • Determining final eligibility for the award

We are proud of all of our ECMC Scholars and honored by the hard work of all the educators at our participating schools.

Virginia ECMC Scholars

Since 2005, up to 100 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed $7.6 million to Virginia ECMC Scholars. There are nine Virginia... Read more >

Since 2005, up to 100 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed $7.6 million to Virginia ECMC Scholars. There are nine Virginia public high schools eligible to nominate ECMC Scholars.

Participating schools

  • Buckingham County High School, Buckingham
  • Ridgeview High School, Clintwood
  • Eastside High School, Coeburn
  • Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg
  • King and Queen Central High School, King and Queen Courthouse
  • Sussex Central High School, Sussex
  • Wakefield High School, Arlington
  • William Fleming High School, Roanoke
  • Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth

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Oregon ECMC Scholars

Since 2008, up to 80 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed almost $5 million to Oregon ECMC Scholars. There are eight... Read more >

Since 2008, up to 80 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed almost $5 million to Oregon ECMC Scholars. There are eight Oregon public high schools eligible to nominate ECMC Scholars.

Participating schools

  • Centennial Learning Center, Portland
  • Illinois Valley High School, Cave Junction
  • La Pine High School, La Pine
  • Madison High School, Portland
  • Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie
  • Pendleton High School, Pendleton
  • Willamette High School, Eugene
  • Woodburn High School, Woodburn

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Connecticut ECMC Scholars

Since 2012, up to 80 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed almost $3 million to Connecticut ECMC Scholars. There are... Read more >

Since 2012, up to 80 graduating seniors each year have started college with stronger academic skills and $6,000. We have committed almost $3 million to Connecticut ECMC Scholars. There are eight Connecticut public high schools eligible to nominate ECMC Scholars.

Participating schools

  • Ansonia High School, Ansonia
  • Bristol Eastern High School, Bristol
  • Central High School, Bridgeport
  • Danbury High School, Danbury
  • East Hartford High School, East Hartford
  • Emmett O'Brien Technical High School, Ansonia
  • New Britain High School, New Britain
  • Stamford High School, Stamford

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