Helping Students Shape Bright Futures

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Isauro Saldana did everything right in high school, but even with scholarships, he simply could not afford to attend the University of Oregon.

Fortunately, the year he graduated from high school in Redmond, Oregon, donors helped the UO launch a new program to aid Oregon students in his situation.

Four years later, Saldana credits that program—PathwayOregon—with transforming his life. He is a proud UO graduate of the UO’s Lundquist College of Business, training as a manager for AT&T.

“I feel like I’ve discovered myself and what I’m good at,” he said. “If I hadn’t received the PathwayOregon promise, I don’t know what I would have done.”

Your gifts to PathwayOregon will help support about 1,550 students this fall. Like Saldana, more than 40 percent are the first in their families to go to college. Not one could afford a university education otherwise.

Median family income of PathwayOregon students is $27,731, in contrast to the overall average family income for UO students, $88,384.

The program fully covers UO tuition and fees through a combination of gifts, federal, and state funds. What’s more, PathwayOregon provides tutoring and one-on-one support from the time students arrive on campus to graduation day.

For Saldana, this level of support proved vital, as his family had no experience with college and so could not help him navigate a complex university.

“You’re here along with thousands of other students doing the same thing and you just feel lost sometimes,” he explained. “The PathwayOregon staff members helped me a lot. The support is what I’ll remember the most.”

To learn more about PathwayOregon, e-mail us at giftplan@uoregon.edu, or call 541-346-1687 or toll free 800-289-2354.

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