Knight Scholars

Knight Scholars

Knight Scholars is a new program designed to provide ninth and tenth graders with up to a three-year introduction to careers in cancer.

The program encourages youth whose communities are underrepresented in cancer research, healthcare and public health – including those of diverse races and ethnicities and those from rural areas – to consider making a career out of the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. There's also an opportunity for teachers to get involved.

The program is currently only open to ninth- or tenth-grade students at:

  • Portland's Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Culver High School
  • Klamath Falls area high schools, including Chiloquin, Mazama, Klamath Union, Henley and Eagle Ridge, and members of The Klamath Tribes
  • Madras High School, including members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Woodburn High School

What can Knight Scholars expect?

This first summer will include a week at OHSU for 25 students with tours of research facilitates and meetings with OHSU cancer faculty to learn the big picture of cancer research. While visiting OHSU, students will stay in dormitories and work together to understand how cancer is affecting Oregon communities. Afterward, participants will be encouraged to apply for the 2020 program. 

Application dates for our 2020 program will be posted Fall 2019.

Teacher Professional Development Program

This program is conducted in year one (2019) of the Knight Scholars Program. Like participating high school students, teachers from the students' schools will participate in experiences exposing them to careers across the cancer continuum. Teachers will also participate in curriculum and rubric development for the Knight Scholars Program and have debrief time to process and translate their experiences into components that may be applicable for the classroom. The summer 2019 program runs from Sunday, July 28 through Saturday, August 3. Teachers receive a stipend for their participation.