College Access Partners

UNCF Portfolio Project

UNCF A mind is a terrible thing to waste

UNCF Signature College Preparatory Program, The Portfolio Project

The program offers free college and scholarship assistance to PNW students. 

UNCF Seattle, in partnership with College Possible in Seattle, YMCA Minority Achievers Program in Marysville, YMCA Multi-Cultural Achievers Program in Tacoma, Leisure Hour Jr. Golf Program in Portland, and the Seattle Rotary Club will host the 15th annual Class of 2020 UNCF Portfolio Project. High school juniors and seniors from Oregon and Washington are eligible to apply.

This year’s Portfolio Project program will be virtual.

Program Overview

The mission of the Portfolio Project is to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants. Our strategy is to ‘Engage, Enable, and Ensure’ 11th and 12th grade students across Washington and Oregon are equipped with the tools, access, and exposure necessary to reach their dreams and aspirations of attending college.


Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Portfolio Project has impacted more than 1,000 students through weekly sessions that include: Access to college admissions professionals, essay writing workshops, financial aid/financial literacy workshops, guest speakers, and mentorship from industry professionals.


Program participants will receive SAT/ACT prep resources, have an opportunity to attend UNCF Virtual Fall College Fair, which hosts over 1,200 attendees and provides access to a number educational institutions (including HBCUs); STEAM panel, HBCU panel, and scholarship workshops. Additionally, eligible seniors and alumni will have an opportunity to apply for the Portfolio Project Scholarship, which ranges from $500 – $3,000.


Over the course of the Program, UNCF has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to Portfolio Project participants. Over 85% of participants have been accepted in colleges and universities, many of whom are first-generation college students!

Program Dates and Times:

Date: Saturdays, September 12 – November 21, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Click here for the Student Application

Click here for the Mentor Application 


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