August 28, 2019


Portland, OR. – Portland Leadership Foundation is proud to announce Corban University as the newest college partner in Act Six, a leadership development and scholarship initiative that identifies, trains and supports the region’s most promising urban students as transformative campus and community leaders. As an Act Six partner, Corban will provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships for a cohort of eleven local diverse leaders each year.

Corban University located in Salem, Oregon, joins George Fox University and Warner Pacific University to become the third college partner in the Portland-Salem Act Six network, increasing the number to 25 Act Six scholars selected annually across the region.

Dr. Sheldon C. Nord, President of Corban, says, “This partnership is an opportunity to recognize students who show incredible aptitude and leadership capabilities, but who may have experienced significant hurdles in their academic journey. The Act Six scholarship levels the playing field and increases accessibility to students who need it most, and Corban University is honored to be a part of that process.”

Portland Leadership Foundation CEO, Ben Sand, adds, “We are thrilled to partner with Corban University to empower the next generation of diverse leaders for our region. Expanding to Marion County is in line with our organization’s aspirations to invest in leaders across the diverse communities of Oregon.”

Students interested in Act Six at Corban University, Warner Pacific University or George Fox University can apply online at by November 5, 2019. The first cohort of Corban’s Act Six scholars will be announced in March and enroll in fall 2020.

About Act Six

Act Six is a cohort-based, leadership development and scholarship program develops urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 800 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholarship recipients from Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima and Spokane, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn.; Chicago, Il.; and Indianapolis, Ind. have enrolled at thirteen private colleges and universities.

Act Six develops leaders through a simple, but powerful, four-step strategy:

  1. Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the most promising urban and community student
  2. Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
  3. Send and fund the cadres together to select faith- and social justice-based colleges on full-tuition, full-need

  1. Support and inspire by providing strong campus support, ongoing leadership development and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve their home

While 87% of Act Six scholars come from low-income families or are the first generation in their family to attend college, 82% percent earn their bachelor’s degrees within six years, more than doubling the rate for low-income, first-generation students nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities and among alumni who have been out of college for three or more years, 31% have earned a post-graduate degree or credential. Learn more about Act Six at


Adam Ristick, Director of Scholarships, Portland Leadership Foundation

(503) 477-3255,

Brenda Roth, VP for Student Life, Corban University

(503) 375-7010,