The new Black in the Gorge scholarship will be available for students who identify as Black/African-American or Black-Biracial, who live in the Gorge, to help finance their post-high school college, university or technical education. This scholarship was started by Black in the Gorge, a group sponsored by OSU Extension, Open Campus program and with support from The Next Door Inc.  Open Campus coordinator Ann Harris says, “We are thrilled to recognize these students and help support them on their post-high school journeys, whether to college or vocational education.” The first Black in the Gorge scholarships will be awarded in 2025.

In addition to awarding scholarships, the group will provide support and social activities, such as last summer’s Juneteenth celebration, to bring students and their friends and families together to build connections and create new opportunities.

Donations to this new scholarship fund are welcome and may be made on our Donate page (see the drop down menu to specify “Black in the Gorge”) or by mail to PO Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031.