Knight Scholars Program

Knight Scholars | Community Programs | Knight Cancer Institute


The Knight Scholars Program offers the opportunity for 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 in the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. Students are paid and live in residence halls when at OHSU each summer. The program is only open to students entering 10th or 11th grade in Fall 2020 at these schools:

  • Portland's Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies
  • Culver High School
  • Klamath Falls City School District and Klamath County School District high schools and members of the Klamath Tribes
  • Madras High School, including members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Woodburn High Schools: WeBSS, WACA, AIS and WAAST

To apply for Knight Scholars Program students must be 15 years old by July 12, 2020.  In addition, students must pass an OHSU background check and be up to date on required immunizations.


Summer 2020 Introduction Program | July 12 - July 18, 2020

Students will spend one week at OHSU touring labs and meeting scientists who represent a range of cancer-related careers. Students who complete the Introduction Program are eligible to apply for the Immersion and Intensive Program.

Summer 2021 Immersion Program | 10 weeks, dates TBD

Students who complete the Knight Scholars Program in summer 2020 may apply for a second and third summer. The Immersion program includes two weeks at OHSU engaging with scientists who are experts in an area of cancer that interests each student. In addition, students will create a project to benefit their community and clinical shadowing opportunities in their communities. The immersion program is part of a two-year commitment.

Summer 2022 Intensive Program | 10 weeks, dates TBD

Students will spend six weeks at OHSU working in a cancer research lab and four weeks in their community. At the end of this summer, students will present their research work and community projects to community members and Knight Scholar participants.

Become a Knight Scholar

Applications for the Knight Scholars Program are due by Feb. 28, 2020.

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