About the Center

The center provides mentoring and resources to students and parents facing the daunting task of applying to colleges, looking at trade schools and setting their path for post graduation.

Scholarship Search

Scholarship opportunities exist for a variety of skills, backgrounds, and academic pursuits. Use this tool as a way to find financial resources that match you and your goals.

Sign Up for Workshops

We are excited to announce a new way the McLaran Center for Student Success is supporting students and parents in the community. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops to prepare you for life beyond high school.

About the Center

The center provides mentoring and resources to students and parents facing the daunting task of applying to colleges, looking at trade schools and setting their path for post graduation.

Scholarship Search

Scholarship opportunities exist for a variety of skills, backgrounds, and academic pursuits. Use this tool as a way to find financial resources that match you and your goals.

Sign Up for Workshops

We are excited to announce a new way the McLaran Center for Student Success is supporting students and parents in the community. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops to prepare you for life beyond high school.

“Publicly give credit and accept blame. Privately correct and discipline.”

“Integrity is earned over decades, but it’s lost in a careless moment.”

“Excellence is hard to get but harder to keep.”

“No one can be great at their role if everyone isn’t great at their role.”

“Manage yourself before you lead others.”

“Sometimes love is the action that inspires emotion.”

“Preserve dignity. Take the high road.”

“Silence is louder.”

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.

ASPIRE

This program matches trained adult volunteers with students to help form a plan to meet education and career goals beyond high school.

Upcoming Events

From SAT® prep to resume workshops, we provide several tools and events for students and parents as you navigate your pathway to post-graduation success.

Scholarships

Finding money for college doesn’t need to be a barrier. Use this scholarship resource to find out which are the best opportunities to help fund YOUR education.

Financial Aid

Scholarships are not the only way to fund your education. Grants and other funding opportunities are available through a variety of resources.

Resources

We have compiled a list of helpful links and articles to help you as you prepare for life after high school.

Community Service

Giving back to your community is an important part of your education that also reflects highly on your character and work ethic. Here is a list of opportunities for you to become involved locally.

About the McLaran Center

The McLaran Center, housed within what was once a 19th Century mercantile, will provide practical guidance to teens and their parents, including assistance with filling out complicated federal forms for financial aid.

Recent research indicates that students who have been assisted by ASPIRE mentors have an 18 percent greater chance of graduating from high school.

The Center will also be a home to the Oregon College Savings Plan and will provide space for visiting representatives from the area’s colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools.

The Center’s namesake, Mike McLaran, was a beloved community leader who passed away unexpectedly in 2013.

Behind the Name

Mike McLaran

Mike McLaran was a widely respected and beloved civic leader whose inspirational leadership carries on to this day through his many disciples.

In comments made at the dedication of the Mike McLaran Center for Student Success, SKEF Board Chairman Brent Neilsen said Mike “embodied the vision of working together to make everyone’s opportunities soar. He valued education, open honest communication, and he valued each of us challenging the other to make our community better.

Looking around the room he was a mentor to many of us, he taught us that leadership is a choice, but if you make that choice you better be prepared to give 110%, and to never question that true leadership comes from the Heart.

For more than 16 years, Mike served as CEO of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure, chamber membership increased from 860 to 1,300.

Mike served as campaign chairman for the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley. He was a director on the board of Salem Leadership Foundation, a trustee for the Salem Hospital Board and worked with the Cascade Pacific Council of Boy Scouts of America.

A graduate of the University of Oregon, Mike completed a six-year program in organizational management at UCLA.

His sudden death at age 53 on March 30th, 2013 sent a shock wave throughout the community.

His passing was the lead story in the Sunday Statesman Journal on March 31st of that year.

The reporter for that news story, Capi Lynn, began by saying “The Salem community lost one of its greatest champions, a man who was known for his ability to bring people together and find common ground.”

Civic leader Dick Withnell, who had worked with Mike on a range of objectives, likened Mike to a great athletic coach “that win ballgames but don’t score the runs or make the baskets, but they get the team to win.”