Mercy Corps Northwest Scholarships

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In partnership with Prosper Portland, we are able to offer scholarships to our training activities. Eligible clients need to have a home or business address within the city of Portland.

Our goal is to make business education inclusive and accessible to everyone in our community. We provide income-based partial scholarships for our Business Foundations I course, a comprehensive introduction to successfully launching a small business. Follow the steps outlined on this page to submit your application.

There are two types of scholarships: 

*Scholarship Option 1 – Income Based for Business Foundations 1 Only: Partial scholarships are available from Mercy Corps Northwest to low-income individuals with proper documentation. Applications must be received one week before the start of class to be considered.

*Scholarship Option 2 – Designated for People of Color: In partnership with Prosper Portland, we are thrilled to be able to offer people of color scholarships to any  training activity. Eligible clients need to have a home or business address within the city of Portland. Our goal is to make business education accessible to everyone in our community.

Please note:

  • Applications must be received one week before the start of class to be considered.
  • Register for a class after you have submitted your application and received approval. 
  • If you are approved for a scholarship, you will receive a unique scholarship code by email to apply to your registration. This will automatically reduce the total amount to be paid.
  • Scholarship codes are valid for 1 month following the award date and are unique to each class. If you are unable to redeem your scholarship prior to expiration or would like to apply for multiple scholarships, you may submit a new application. 
  • We are only able to grant ten scholarships per course. If you are not awarded a scholarship for your desired class you will be notified.

Apply for a Scholarship

Income Based

STEP 1: QUALIFY

Scholarship amounts are determined by comparing:

Your annual gross income (AGI)    TO     Current Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

Use this table to see if you earn less than 150% of the FPL

Family size 150% of FPL
1 $18,210
2 $24,690
3 $31,170
4 $37,650
5 $44,130
6 $50,610
7 $57,090
8 $63,570

Scholarship Amounts. We offer a $100.00 scholarship reducing the cost of the training to $125.00.


STEP 2: DOCUMENT PROOF OF INCOME

Depending on your status, you must provide the following documentation:

  • If you are currently employed… the most current pay stub which indicates your gross amount of pay (either dollar amount per pay period or hourly rate) the number of hours you work per pay period, and how often you are paid.
  • If you are self-employed… the most current income tax return.
  • If you are retired… the most current amounts you are receiving as indicated on Social Security statement, 1099, or other document.
  • If you are receiving assistance… whether it is your primary source of income or in addition to your income, from agencies such as SSI, Disability, Unemployment Compensation, Social Security, etc., or receiving income from other sources such as child support, we need documentation reflecting the most current amounts you are receiving and the providing agency.
  • If you are unemployed and not receiving any form of income or assistance… please provide us with a letter explaining your situation and the need for scholarship assistance.

 

Apply for both types of  scholarships here