College Scholarships Available through Linn County Extension Association – Deadline June 15th
LCEA offers five college scholarships, up to $500 each, annually to new and continuing college students. This scholarship is based on residency in geographical areas served by Linn County Extension, financial need, and GPA. Activities in OSU Linn County Extension programs, community service hours and/or work experience are also considered.
Applicants must graduate from high school or possess a high school equivalent or G.E.D. certificate, transcripts must be sent with the application.
Preference is given to applicants that are active, or have been active in OSU Linn County Extension programs. Please include a cover letter outlining/explaining the request for a scholarship and two letters of recommendation.
A letter of acceptance from your college/university and a statement of financial need must be included. Please go to the website to download the entire application.
Scholarships are renewable for up to four years; however, applicants must reapply each new scholastic year. The funds are paid directly to the college in the name of the scholarship recipient.
Five $500 LCEA Scholarships awarded in 2016
Emily Reyes-Phearson graduated from Central Linn High School 2016 and has chosen to attend Corbin because it is a private Christian university, where she plans on majoring in early childhood education intending to become a kindergarten teacher. She has been active in student leadership, serving as student body president, also a member of FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, and volleyball, basketball, track, and softball teams.
Phearson has been recognized as Linn County Junior First Citizen 2015-16. Her school activity list is lengthy with numerous student body elected positions for school, FFA (Upper Willamette District Vice President), 4-H and sports. Her community service includes the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival for the last four years, Elementary classroom assistant, and American Red Cross blood drive. In addition, this last year she has taken college courses along with her high school classes.
She is a dual sport athlete for both basketball and softball and has won multiple team and All-League Awards. She is in position to be named All State in softball this year. Her references tout her as a positive role model, leader and scholar who will be successful in family as well as her career. Congratulations Emily!
Timothy Rodriguez graduated from West Albany High School 2016 and has chosen to attend Gonzaga University, a private Roman Catholic school in Washington where he will major in mechanical engineering. For the last nine years he has been involved with the 4-H program in Linn County. His projects included Shooting Sports and Livestock.
Rodriguez has been exceptionally active in football, robotics, track, St. Mary’s Science fairs and choir, soccer and Youth and Government at YMCA, holding State Senator position for the latter. He is a National Honor Society member and has held elected positions in school government. He is active in his church programs.
Mid Valley Farms, Martha Glaser advises that while “he only held general knowledge when he came to work for them, he learned quickly with attention to detail and worked every operation with minimal training and oversight. With GPS units in most equipment, the ability to learn new technologies and apply them in ever changing ways is a quality highly sought after in our industry.” Congratulations Tim!
Westin Martin graduated from West Albany High School 2016 and has chosen to attend Central Oregon Community College in Bend, to pursue an education in
Structural Fire Science and Paramedic training. Martin has participated in school football and baseball teams and is a member of Greenback 4-H Club where he raised and showed his livestock. For the past three years he has worked running a big baler, straw rake and other farm equipment. He has his tractor safety certificate. He is also active with the Albany Fire Department fundraisers – The Treasure Hunt and MDA Fill the Boot. His carpentry skills helped when building treehouses. He has held two jobs for the past three years, while excelling in academics.
Martin has impressed many with his ability to teach others, especially children at the 4-H events near large livestock, answering their questions, and taking the time necessary to help them enjoy the animals, but always keeping a watchful eye so no one is harmed. He has earned the respect of others, one reference “I am impressed with his determination whether it be in academics, sports or raising and showing his livestock. His commitment exceeds his years.” Congratulations Westin!
Maddison Fergason graduated from Scio High School but also included time at Linn Benton Community College in the P.A.C.E. program, taking various agriculture classes, animal science, criminal justice, and health and fitness courses there. College plans include an Associates of Arts from Linn Benton Community College and transfer to Western Oregon University to major in criminal justice and to minor in psychology. Her ultimate job preference is to become a juvenile probation officer to “make a difference in kid’s lives . . . this is a key time and some kids just need a little more help than others.”
Fergason has also spent ten years with Linn County 4-H Santiam Wranglers and five years in the Scio FFA chapter. She started in 4th grade showing dairy cattle and a market lamb for the past four years. Her last project was showing two dairy heifers, one market lamb, two breeding ewes and a beef calf. She says she “has a better view of time management now” from this experience. Her community service, leadership and sports activities included school government president, Sunday school helper, 4-H president/camp counselor, and mentor. Congratulations Maddi!
Jorian Bruslind graduated from Lebanon High School 2016 and has chosen to attend Oregon State University this fall. His intended major is electrical engineering.
His goal is to work with renewable energy, wind turbines, solar energy or creating new methods for renewing our energy sources.
Over the past 10 years Jorian has been a part of the Linn County 4-H. He has raised and shown pigs, expanded into swine breeding and managed “at its peak, four sows”. He has bred sheep and a dairy goat. His extra-curricular activities included Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Science Olympics, Junior Rotarian, Youth Watershed Council for Santiam River – President, Venture Robotics Team, Lebanon Chamber Orchestra (viola), LHS Honor Society, and LHS choral performance. He has worked with Linn-Benton Food Bank, river restoration site testing, COMP-NW Science Day, Cub Scouts and been an assistant at Conversion Brewing Company.
His work ethic is shown in a reference letter from Jessica Tran of Community Outreach, Inc. when she describes Bruslind’s ability to easily work with the other volunteers,
his calming demeanor with clients, and impeccably executed duties including arriving early and staying late. Congratulations Jorian!