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ARCS Foundation Portland Chapter Renamed as ARCS Foundation Oregon

Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Name change reflects statewide expansion of both program support and chapter membership

Portland Oregon, July 6, 2016. Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, Inc. Portland Chapter, (ARCS Foundation Portland) announced that it will now be known as Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc., Oregon Chapter (ARCS Foundation Oregon).  The name change was effective May 11, 2016.

ARCS Foundation Oregon supports and nurtures young American women and men pursuing doctoral degrees in STEM fields at Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon. The more than 130 women volunteers in ARCS Foundation Oregon work together to help attract brilliant young scientists who will make groundbreaking discoveries and place American scientists at the forefront of their fields to pursue their research and study in Oregon.

Oregon chapter president Joan Foley commented about the name change:
“The new name better reflects the chapter’s statewide reach, now that we support Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon State University in Corvallis, and University of Oregon in Eugene.  ARCS membership has also expanded across the state.”

ARCS Foundation expanded its funding of ARCS Scholars in Oregon in 2015 with the addition of two top-ranked departments at University of Oregon – its Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry – making it the third leading research university to be supported by the chapter.

About ARCS® Foundation

ARCS® Foundation is a national nonprofit volunteer women’s organization that promotes American competitiveness by supporting talented U.S. citizens working to complete degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health disciplines at the nation's leading research colleges and universities. Since 1958, the organization has awarded more than $100 million to more than 10,000 students. ARCS Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in grant funding, started science related companies, and played a significant role in teaching and mentoring young people in the STEM pipeline. More at

About ARCS Foundation Oregon

ARCS Foundation Oregon, one of 16 ARCS Foundation chapters in the U.S., provides flexible three-year cash awards to exceptional Ph.D. candidates in the fields of science, medicine, and technology at Oregon’s top ranked research institutions: Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon. ARCS Foundation Oregon Chapter, originally incorporated in 2004 as ARCS Foundation Portland, has awarded more than 175 scholar awards totaling over $2.8 million.