Latino students in the Phoenix-Talent School District and Medford School District, in partnership with their own families, the school district, and the university, will begin a journey in the fall of their 8th grade year that, when successfully completed, will lead to admission to Southern Oregon University and the opportunities provided by a university education.
Southern Oregon University and the Phoenix-Talent School District and Medford School District are committed to working together to increase opportunities that support Latino students as they gain the skills to access a college education. This partnership leverages a wide range of resources to prepare 8th grade students for high school success and college readiness by providing a continuing support structure of social and family assistance, academic support, mentorship and strategic programming through 12th grade.
Students who successfully complete the Pirates/Bulldogs/Hornets to Raiders program will be offered automatic admission to SOU, receive priority consideration for a Diversity Scholarship and will have an accelerated opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. In addition, SOU has longitudinally committed to provide scholarships for students pursuing the master’s teaching program at SOU. By creating these enhanced pathways, we can ensure an upwardly viable future for young Latino students, the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon.
VisionPirates, Bulldogs and Hornets to Raiders will assure every Hispanic student in the districts has the ability to access a university education at Southern Oregon University. As the Hispanic population in the school district continues to grow, it is our responsibility to provide educational opportunities beyond high school for those students. A partnership of students, their families, the school district, and the university will help to ensure a strong and viable future for both the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon. This partnership will leverage resources to prepare students for college course work as well as provide assistance and mentoring through application and financial aid processes.