Alyce Marcus Scholarship

The NWEEO/AA Scholarship Program is named in honor of Alyce H. Marcus.

Alyce H. Marcus was a founding member of the NWEEO/AA, which was founded in 1979 as the Tri-County Affirmative Action Association. Ms. Marcus served on our board from its inception until her death in 1990. In 1991, our scholarship program was instituted and named in her honor in recognition of her service on our board and her tireless work as a civil rights leader in Oregon and community leader in the Portland area for nearly 30 years.

During her career, Ms. Marcus was an avid champion of social issues who worked to fight discrimination, drawing on her experience and expertise in dealing with issues that included racial and sexual discrimination, LGBTA rights, and sexual harassment.

After moving to Portland in 1961, Ms. Marcus worked for the Office of Economic Opportunity and was later appointed affirmative action officer by then-Mayor Neil Goldschmidt, a position she held from 1974 until her retirement in1986. In addition to her work on the NWEEO/AA Board, Ms. Marcus served on the board of several other organizations, including Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and was a lifelong member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She also served on an advisory committee for the State of Oregon's Affirmative Action Office and was the Portland representative to the National Committee on Convention Organization until her death at the age of 72.

We honor Ms. Marcus' commitment to civil rights and community issues and hope to continue her legacy through our scholarship program.