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West Oregon Electric Cooperative 2013 Scholarships
2 $1,000 WOEC Sam Hearing Scholarships will be awarded this year

High school seniors throughout the West Oregon Electric service area are eligible to apply for the WOEC Sam Hearing Scholarship program. Seniors looking to further their education by attending any college, university, community college, or trade school can apply for one of two $1,000 scholarships.

The West Oregon Electric Cooperative Sam Hearing Scholarships are given in the memory of Sam Hearing. Sam served on the WOEC board of directors for 35 years, and his commitment to the co-op and community are symbolized in the continuing effort of WOEC to help further the education of our youth. Sam and his wife, Alvilda, shared a strong commitment to education – Alvilda as a school teacher in Vernonia, and Sam serving as a member of the Vernonia School Board and Columbia County Education Service District. This commitment led the WOEC board of directors to establish the Sam Hearing Scholarship fund in August of 2003 when Sam retired from the WOEC board. Sam passed away in 2004, and so the scholarships will remain to remind us of his dedication to our Cooperative and the community that he lived in and served.

This year the applicants will be judged on academic performance, overall essay information, as well as their commitment to their community through their community service (credit rebecca). Applicants are asked to complete a brief application form that will give a personal profile, two essays, and activities chart.

The applications will be reviewed by a scholarship committee of co-op members who donate their time to evaluate them and award the scholarships. The WOEC board of directors memorialized their appreciation of the excellent and valued work that has been done by our volunteer Scholarship Committee by passing a resolution at the January board meeting acknowledging them for a job well done. The committee is another great example of our cooperative members’ values and commitment to the community.

To apply, contact your high school counselor or West Oregon Electric. The application form as well as all instructions will be available starting February 1st, please visit our website at westoregon.org (go to the news tab and click on scholarships) to print the forms. The information and forms will also be available at the front desk in the WOEC office. The deadline for receiving completed applications is April 15th by 5:00 PM.