Ignite Scholarship & Mentorship Program

Ignite students

Building community for diverse students pursuing clinical healthcare careers


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Ignite mentors are pre-health students who want to make PSU and their home communities better through education and building a strong network of support. Ignite emphasizes leadership and mentorship (supported by a $5,000 scholarship), which includes serving as mentors for incoming pre-health students.

Ignite emphasizes a culture of support and community, which is particularly important in a clinical healthcare career pathways that can be complex and overwhelming for students.

By providing social, career, and academic-oriented supports while reducing financial barriers and increasing the time students have available for activities to support their success, we aim to increase the success of students in their pursuit of healthcare careers. The program began as a partnership between PSU, Kaiser Permanente, and The Contingent but is working to strengthen relationships with additional healthcare organizations.

Applying as a current PSU student

Current PSU pre-health students (who have been enrolled for at least 2 terms at PSU) that are pursuing their 1st bachelors degree are eligible to apply for the program and associated $5000 scholarship through PSU's online scholarship application.

Incoming pre-health students seeking mentorship

Incoming pre-health students beginning at PSU in Fall term are eligible to be matched with PSU's Ignite mentors. This is a one-year commitment (Fall, Winter and Spring terms) for mentors and mentees. Although there is not a scholarship for mentees, there are many benefits to connecting with Ignite as a new student.

Questions about Ignite?

Students with questions about the Ignite program are encouraged to contact their pre-health advisor.

Community members interested in how to support Ignite students can contact: Laura Marsh (marshl@pdx.edu), Coordinator of Pre-Health Advising Initiatives.

Donors interested in contributing to the Ignite program can connect with the PSU Foundation