Ron Herndon is a community organizer, educator, and co-founder to numerous community-based organizations. In honor of Ron Herndon, the Black United Fund of Oregon awards, one-time, non-renewable scholarships to students to pursue higher education at the accredited college or university of their choice. 

To qualify students must meet the following criteria: 

  • Student MUST identify as Black, African-American, or Afro Decent. 
  • Student MUST be a graduating senior in the Portland Metro Area, entering their first full-time year of post-high school education. 
    • College students are able to apply via the BUF Ambassador program. See the BUF Ambassador page for additional criteria. 
  • Student should have at least 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. This is the same for High School and College students.