Throughout her life Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams made significant contributions in the field of education. In 2001, upon retiring from her position as Executive Director for the Northwest Regional Laboratory in Portland, Oregon, friend of Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams established a scholarship fund in her name to support African-American students in their quests to pursue higher education. Since Dr. Ethel's passing in 2017, her colleagues have remained dedicated to continue awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to their community and a passion for helping those in need, just as Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams did throughout her life. 

The Dr. Ethel Simon-McWilliams Scholarship is a $3,000.00 per year scholarship that is renewable for up to four-years. To qualify students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Student MUST identify as Black, African-American, or Afro Decent. 
  • Student MUST be a graduating senior from a PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL in the Portland Metro Area, entering their first full-time year of post-high school education. 
  • Student should have a 2.5 to 3.0 cumulative GPA, on a 4.0 GPA scale. Students with GPAs outside of the specified scale are more than welcomed and encouraged to apply, however, priority is given to students within the 2.5 to 3.0 GPA range.