For Renn Anderson, receiving a four-year Marilyn and Gerry Cameron Presidential Scholarship meant not only graduating from college debt-free but also having the financial freedom to accept internships that helped land him his first job. Renn interned at Disney World in Florida and at Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, where he landed a fulltime job as an investment analyst just two weeks after graduation.
Anderson says the scholarship was quite a relief to his mother. "One of the largest impacts of my scholarship was how helpful it was to my single mother raising two boys both going to the same school," he says. "I was very happy to be able to relieve her of that sort of worry about sending me off to school."
The Grants Pass High School valedictorian says the Cameron Scholarship was also responsible for attracting him to the UO. He was considering colleges such as the University of California-Berkeley. "Then one of my teachers told me ‘If you get a 4.0, you'll get a full ride at the University of Oregon," he remembers.