Community Partners

Corporations and Foundations Understand the Value of Attracting Outstanding Students to Oregon

ARCS Foundation Oregon is grateful for the many Northwest corporations and foundations who support ARCS scholar awards or sponsor the annual Scholar Awards Luncheon.

Corporate and foundation sponsorship creates a mutually beneficial relationship, as students receive local corporate support for their education and, in turn, become the skilled workforce that companies need to succeed in an increasingly competitive global environment. These corporations and foundations know the value in attracting stellar individuals to Oregon. Here is the cumulative list of corporate and foundation support.

Austin Capital Management
Bank of America Private Bank
Bank of the Cascades
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance
The Cameron Group - DA Davidson
CH2M Hill
Duck Delivery/United Salad
Duncan & Cindy Campbell/Campbell Foundation
Chubb Insurance
Columbia Bank
Columbia Distributing
Conference Solutions, Inc.
David Evans & Associates
Earle A. Chiles Research Institute
ESCO Corporation
ESCO Foundation
ESI, Inc.
First Republic Bank
Geffen Mesher
Hanky Panky LTD
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Hoffman Construction Company
Intel Corporation

Intermec Foundation
Jensen Investment Management
​Jubitz Corporation
Kuse Family Foundation
Mary's Harvest Fresh Food
Melvin Mark Companies
Morgan Stanley
Morley Foundation
Mt. Hood Chemical Corporation
NW Natural
OHSU Community Relations
OHSU Foundation
OHSU Office of the President
OHSU School of Medicine
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Oregon State University
OSU College of Engineering
OSU Foundation
Oregonian Media Group
PGE Foundation

Racker Investments
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Spirit Horse Farm, LLC
Stoel Rives LLP
Sunshine Dairy
Symonds Foundation
Tektronix Foundation
Tonkon Torp LLP
TriQuint Semiconductor
Univerisity of Oregon
US Bancorp Foundation
US Bank Private Wealth Management
Vernier Software & Technology
Vision Capital Management, Inc.
Walsh Construction Co
Washington Trust Bank
Wells Fargo The Private Bank
Wheeler Foundation

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. has supported seven scholars

In 2008 Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., one of the nation’s largest recyclers of scrap metal, stepped forward to sponsor a scholar in mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University. Since that initial sponsorship, Schnitzer Steel has sponsored seven scholars.

Schnitzer Steel is convinced that its future and the future of our country’s economy depend on a highly educated and talented workforce, and support of education at all levels is a focus of their charitable giving program. The company understands the value of attracting outstanding students to our region. OSU, OHSU, and UO have been effective incubators of new businesses and business ideas, which have produced direct benefits to our state through investment and employment opportunities. Schnitzer Steel believes that providing these institutions the tools they need to attract the most talented students will be important to their success in the face of increasing competition, both in the United States and abroad.


Hoffman Construction

Hoffman Construction has been a major corporate supporter of ARCS Foundation Oregon. Hoffman, partnering with Wayne and Julie Drinkward, has been an Einstein Presenting Sponsor of the annual Recognizing Genius Scholar Awards Luncheon since 2011. This top level of sponsorship helps to make the luncheon a financial success, which means more dollars for scholar awards. Wayne Drinkward is past president of Hoffman Construction.

Hoffman Construction, headquartered in Portland, is one of the largest general contractors in the United States. The company is proud of its long history of “giving back” throughout the Northwest. Strong science and engineering education is the backbone of Hoffman Construction, which recognizes that a highly skilled workforce strengthens the company and the community.

“The worldwide value of encouraging research in medicine, science and engineering cannot be overstated,” according to Wayne and Julie Drinkward. “It is tremendously exciting to have such an effective vehicle as ARCS Foundation encouraging this research right here in Oregon. ARCS Foundation is a wonderful organization with an important mission. We are truly glad for the opportunity to support ARCS,” they said. Julie and Wayne have personally supported five ARCS scholars.


Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo embraces education as a major focus of its corporate philanthropy, community support and employee volunteerism. This commitment stems from its strong belief that quality education is an essential building block for a healthy community. To augment its efforts, Wells Fargo partners with high performing nonprofit groups, such as ARCS Foundation Oregon. 

Since 2011 Wells Fargo has been a corporate sponsor of the ARCS Oregon Scholar Awards Luncheon, an annual event in the Portland community that exemplifies Wells Fargo’s commitment to ARCS Oregon and to the community. "We realize that increasing tuition costs, rising student debt, and decreased public funding could mean that fewer young people choose to enter science research. Our goal in partnering with ARCS is to provide encouragement for scholars and express our corporate belief in the value of science education."

In addition to supporting the Scholar Awards Luncheon, Wells Fargo supported an ARCS scholar. This partnership between Wells Fargo corporate philanthropy and ARCS to support scholars at OSU, OHSU, and UO expresses the company’s commitment to education in a tangible form. It will encourage innovative new technologies, bring brilliant and creative people to the community, and stimulate the economy of Oregon.