FORMER JOURNALIST SEES NEED, LAUNCHES FUND
Mike Francis, a longtime reporter and editor at The Oregonian, The Business Journal of Portland and KINK-FM, became interested in refugee and immigrant issues when he reported from Iraq and saw the risks Iraqi nationals took to support and translate for U.S. troops. Many did so despite being threats made against themselves and their families. Many hoped to find new homes in America. Sadly and shamefully, only a fraction were permitted to emigrate to the United States.
The Newcomer Scholarship is a small gesture to recognize the many ways immigrants and refugees have strengthened and enriched America.