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610 SW Alder St. Suite 921Portland, OR 97205
Support a young person in your community today!


Our focus is getting first-generation college-bound young folks to and through college! Work directly with a young person to help them achieve their educational and life goals.

  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship through consistent, long-term communication
  • Communicate with Scholar weekly by phone, e-mail
  • Plan in-person activities with Scholar once a month.
  • Build self-esteem and motivation
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Reside in the Portland Metro area.
  • Adhere to all Marathon Scholars policies and procedures.
  • Agree to an initial 4-year commitment to the program, with the option of continuing beyond that.
  • Commit to in person visits with your Scholar once a month and additional contact through e-mail, phone, or mail as needed.
  • Successfully pass the screening procedure.
  • Attend an initial 2.5 hour mentor training.
  • Communicate regularly with the program manager.
  • Have access to an automobile or reliable transportation.

Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • Understand the importance of higher education


  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individuals.
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals.
  • Training sessions and group activities.
  • Mileage and expenses are tax deductible.
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed.
  • Mentor/Scholar group activities, complimentary tickets to community events, participant recognition events.

Application and Screening Process

  • Application
  • Driving record check
  • Criminal history check: state, child abuse and neglect registry, sexual offender registry
  • Personal interview
  • Provide three personal references

For more information, contact Marathon Scholars at or 503-235-2500


  • Tutoring
  • Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Up to 5 hrs/month

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