January 22, 2019

Cascadia Sponsors 33rd Annual Skanner Foundation Scholarship

The Skanner Foundation hosted its 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 21, 2019. This breakfast is a 30-year tradition in Portland and features state-wide, local and business leaders to come together as a community and honor the life and legacy of the late Dr. King.

This year, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare was honored to present a Skanner Foundation scholarship to Destiny Isibor, a graduate of De La Salle North Catholic High School and a freshman pre-med student at the University of Oregon who has an interest in community health and social justice. This was the first year Cascadia has participated in the scholarship award. Cascadia sees this scholarship as a way to connect with students as they determine their future career paths, and support deserving students with much-needed financial aid.

Cascadia chose Destiny as a scholarship recipient because her values align with Cascadia’s mission. In her essay, Destiny channeled the thoughts of Nelson Mandela saying “there is nothing more powerful than education, and providing these children with quality education is the best weapon they can use to combat the stereotypes associated with their race, one being uneducated. By investing in minority youth and equipping them with the proper tools they need to succeed, they will not only be able to compete against their white peers and perform exceedingly well in school, but they will soon become ascendants from a system that intended for them to remain inferior.”

Held again at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach, the Skanner Breakfast featured keynote speaker Larry Gossett, King County Councilmember. A native of Seattle, Gossett helped found the Black Student Union and the Educational Opportunity Program that recruits minorities at the University of Washington. The event was also attended by Governor Kate Brown, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

— written by Olivia Alley, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, External Communications