Over the years since ARCS Oregon was incorporated in 2004, the Chapter has accomplished significant milestones. We credit these milestones to a talented and educated membership, a solid and successful track for supporting scholar awards, and a strong relationship with our university partners that were approved by ARCS National.
The Portland Chapter was incorporated and applied for 501(c)(3) status in May
The chapter was chartered with 65 members
Sharon Hewitt was elected the first chapter president
The Portland Chapter received its 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization
First Long Range Plan was formed and implemented
The School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at OHSU were approved for funding by ARCS National Foundation in October 2005
First scholar awards of $15,000 were granted to 11 PhD students at OHSU and in the Oregon Graduate Institute
The College of Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) was approved for funding by ARCS National in September 2008
The first annual Celebrate the Scholars event was organized to acknowledge students who completed three years of funding
First year scholar awards were presented to four (4) OSU PhD students
The scholar award amount was raised to $18,000
The College of Forestry at OSU was approved for funding in October 2010 by ARCS National
The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU was approved for funding in October 2010 by ARCS National
The Chapter reached the $1 million mark of scholar awards committed
OHSU hosted a lunch for all ARCS Oregon members to celebrate the $1 million mark of scholar awards committed to OHSU
The Scholar Award Policy Agreement was created and signed with OHSU and OSU
A member retreat was scheduled in June to create a 5-year Long Range Plan and Implementation Plan
First membership satisfaction survey was conducted
Long Range Plan was written and implemented
The board was restructured to be a committe-driven organization
The first $200,000 scholar award endowment was established by Caron and Larry Ogg
Two additional schools in the College of Engineering at OSU were approved for funding by ARCS National (School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engingeering and School of Civil and Construction Engineering)
The Chapter reached the $2 million mark of scholar awards committed
The Chapter pledged $1 million to OSU by 2018 and therefore became a member of the Milton Harris Society
The second $200,000 scholar award endowment was established by Barbara and Philip Silver
The Portland Chapter hosted the fall ARCS National Board meeting
The College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU was approved for funding by ARCS National in October 2013
The College of Science at OSU was approved for funding by ARCS National in February 2014.
The third $200,000 scholar award endowment was established by the Fairway Fund
The 10th Anniversary Scholar Award Fund of $200,000 was established by member and community donations
The Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry at the University of Oregon was approved for funding by ARCS National in January 2015
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) awarded the Portland Chapter the "2015 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation"
First year scholar awards were presented to two (2) UO PhD students
The Chapter reached the $3 million mark of scholar awards committed
Second member satisfaction survey was conducted
The College of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences at OSU was approved for funding by ARCS National in January 2016
The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Geology at OSU was approved for funding by ARCS National in January 2016
The Portland Chapter changed its name to ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter on May 11, 2016
The Chapter received its first bequest from charter member Mary Martin Rosenberg that will fund students in perpetuity
Second member retreat was scheduled in January to revise the Long Range Plan and Implementation Plan
The Chapter received a $1.5 million bequest from member Jill Josselyn to support the scholar award program in perpetuity
The Oregon Chapter hosted the ARCS All Member Conference in September
From 2016 - 2019, 15 University Matched Endowments have been established
1 University Matched Endowment at UO
4 University Matched Endowments at OHSU
10 University Matched Endowments at OSU
Founding President Sharon Hewitt
"We had lofty goals when we started our chapter and believed the mission would resonate with women and businesses in Oregon. Because of the hard work of many - officers, directors, every member and generous donors - we have been more successful in our brief history than any of us might have dreamt when we started. Can’t wait to see what the future brings!"
Taylor Mighell, NGP Graduate Student, Presented with C.W. Cotterman Award
Taylor Mighell, NGP graduate student in Brian O'Roak's lab, was presented with C.W. Cotterman Award at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in October. His donors are Susan and George Swindells.
Nate Yoder's Paper Published in Nature, International Journal of Science
Congratulations to NGP student, Nate Yoder on his new paper in Nature! For the first time, researchers in the Vollum Institute have determined the atomic structure of an acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) in a resting state at high pH. His donor is the Bechen Family Foundation.
Elizabeth Holzenthal Receives Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to OSU College of Engineering, ARCS scholar Elizabeth Holzenthal, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, coastal and ocean engineering. Elizabeth was recently named a recipient of an NSF Graduate Fellowship, (GRFP). Elizabeth, a first year scholar, is working on a project aimed at contributing to the development of a new generation of natural hazard engineering. Her donors are Diane and Dick Alexander.
Kevin Watanabe-Smith Wins Statewide 3MT Competition
ARCS Scholar Kevin Watanabe-Smith, who studies cancer biology in Dr. Brian Druker's lab, took first place at the state's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Kevin was sponsored by the Allan Price Memorial ARCS Award.
ARCS Scholar Danielle Robinson Awarded 2016 Mozilla Fellowship for Science
Danielle Robinson, Ph.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program, is one of four fellows selected worldwide to receive the Mozilla Fellowship for Science.
Her donors are Ellen and Mark Richardson.