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Scholarship News and Updates From P.E.O.

Last June graduating seniors, Ashlee Archer, Samantha Lindauer and Samantha Wallace were awarded scholarships by the local chapter of P.E.O.  Members recently checked in with them to see how they were doing at their respective colleges.

PEOAshleyArcher-webAshlee Archer chose Yakima Valley Community College for two reasons: she liked the Nursing Program there, and she is able to live with her grandparents in Yakima.  She finds this living situation ideal for her and is pleased that “every cent of my scholarship can be used for tuition and books.”  She is enjoying college very much, but says that she misses “small-town life” in Vernonia.  This quarter she is concentrating on her studies and getting acquainted with college life, and has not ventured into any extracurricular activities yet.  She is finding that focusing on schoolwork is keeping her busy enough for now.  Among her courses this quarter are Psychology and Biology, time-consuming but very stimulating and enjoyable.  She’s very happy with college life.

PEOSamanthaLindauer-webSamantha Lindauer is attending Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.  She is also a Nursing major.  Her goal is to get her Bachelor’s Degree and work in a hospital.  She is unsure yet what unit of hospital work will be her choice, but she is very sure that she wants to use her nursing skills in a hospital setting.  Away from her studies, Sam is busy running  Cross Country, with conference championships coming up soon.  “Running Cross Country is more challenging at the higher elevation here in Klamath Falls,” she says.  This past week (October 28th) they had their first snow at that elevation (about 4,000 feet).

PEOSamanthaWallace-webSamantha Wallace is studying Biochemistry at Oregon State University, and is finding the academic community very much to her liking.  She is joining clubs that are related to her field, and she has signed up for four different organizations and societies.  She will decide after this school year which ones might develop into permanent affiliations after graduation.  She is living in a dorm and is adjusting to its very busy lifestyle.
In addition, P.E.O. is proud to announce that Jeana Gump of Vernonia is also a scholarship winner, not as a Freshman but as a returning student.  She has been awarded a PCE (Program for Continuing Education) scholarship and is a Senior at Portland State University, planning to become a Special Education teacher.  She will receive her Bachelor’s Degree this year, and plans to continue into the masters program at PSU.

PEOJeanaGump-webJeana has a very personal reason to choose Special Ed as a career.  She is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Savannah, who was born with Down Syndrome, and she has also been diagnosed with Autism.  The Gumps also have another daughter, Sadie, who is nine.

Jeana, in addition to being a student and a very busy Mom, works part time as an Instructional Aide at Vernonia Elementary School.  Needless to say, she is a very energetic, highly-motivated student.  She says, “I have only one class session a week on campus, and the rest my course work is online, which saves a lot of commuting time.”  She doesn’t have much spare time but likes to run, and manages an average of  2 to 3 miles, 3 days a week, which is not only good exercise, but “it is my stress-reliever,” she says.

Congratulations to these great students.  P.E.O. is very proud of you!

Local Student Receives Ford Family Foundation and Kaiser Scholarships

LocalStudentScholarshipDeziRoberts-webVernonia High School graduate Deziree Skye Roberts has received college scholarships from The Ford Family Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The Ford Family Foundation has selected 106 students from Oregon as new Ford Scholars.  This year’s Oregon Ford Scholars were chosen from 4,026 applicants.

Kaiser Permanente is awarding $2,000 grants to 108 graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in health care through their Health Care Career Scholarship Program.

Roberts will attend Linfield College where she plans to major in Biology with the hope of becoming an orthodontist.

Kenneth Ford built his business, Roseburg Forest Products C. from a one-man operation in the 1930’s into one of the west coast’s largest wood products manufacturers.  He established The Ford Family Foundation after the business had experienced several decades of growth.  Mr. Ford created the scholarship program to help students who would find it difficult to obtain a college degree without financial assistance.  Other scholarship programs supported by the Foundation include the Ford Opportunity Scholarship Program, and the Ford Restart Scholarship Program.  Since 1994 the Foundation’s scholarship programs have awarded students more than $124 million.

Eligibility criteria include financial need and merit qualifications.  In addition, Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in Oregon and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time.  The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need for college ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum) each academic year, with first-year awards averaging $8,448 per year.

Kaiser Permanente has awarded almost $1.25 million to 566 students in the service area stretching from Longview, WA, to Salem, OR.

Roberts was awarded her scholarship during a presentation on May 18th at the Performing Arts Center on PCC’s Sylvania Campus.

“We at Kaiser Permanente are proud to support these outstanding young people as they pursue their dreams of a career in health care,” said Sue Hennessy, vice president, Strategic Planning & Health Plan Services for Kaiser Permanente. “Each year, I am inspired by the intelligence, determination and compassion shown by the scholarship recipients.”

The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program seeks to increase and diversify the region’s health care workforce by investing in the professional and personal health of youths. The scholarships are administered by the Oregon Area Health Education Center at OHSU.

Preference is given to students whose parents did not go to college, who show a demonstrated financial need, who are members of an ethnic or racial group underrepresented in a health care profession, and who speak English plus a second language.


WOEC Current~News and Notes from the Co-op

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.
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