Scholarships: “Rotary Making a Difference”
What a treat it was last week to hear from some of the winners of our scholarship program. Dave Parker, scholarship committee chair, arranged their visit, and as Denise Bacon pointed out, their amazing stories are a reminder of why we fundraise–especially at our club’s annual auction. Can’t think of a better cause–these talented kids represent our future! And what a difference a Rotary scholarship makes in their lives. Here are some excerpts from their talks……
Heather McNutt-Kaestner, recipient of The Larry Bohnsack Scholarship. This scholarship is for a junior or senior in college majoring in mass media. It is designed to be a financial “boost” when students need it later in their schooling. Heather confirmed that junior year is a time when more funds are needed, and thanked us for the “financial relief.” She said she likes to stay busy and she sure demonstrated that….she is also minoring in Spanish, and currently working as a student career specialist at Linfield College. She was a resident advisor in a freshman hall last year, and will do that again this year. She has performed in a couple of plays, and participated in the concert choir. She is also a publicity assistant at KSLC radio at Linfield. AND she is currently an intern at the “Make A Wish” Foundation in Portland. On top of all that, she volunteers at the World Affairs Council. Heather said looking ahead 10 years is “scary,” but she wants to pursue story telling as a way to evoke positive change. She interested in possibly working in the tech industry or in global affairs.
Marcos Cazares, recipient of The Ray Simonsen Scholarship. This scholarship is for someone pursing a college education and demonstrating/pursuing “service above self.” It is awarded to someone interested in showing kindness and compassion in their work. Marcos will attend Linfield College this Fall and plans to be a neurosurgeon. He plans to study biochemistry and microbiology. He loves science, and said he knew he wanted to be a doctor at a very early age. At college he hopes to be an achiever, be active, and help his community. He wants to help at Providence, and to write a scientific article and have it published. In 10 years, he figures he will be finished with medical medial school and will be in residency. When he’s in his 60’s, he wants to take all his learning from his career and be a teacher. Marcos received multiple scholarships.
Alyssa Derania, recipient of The Joan Austin Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to girls who want to demonstrate how education can be used to achieve dreams. Alyssa graduated in June and had enough credits to be a sophomore in college. She is an Interact member, a track and field coach, a gymnastics coach and works at a bakery! (If you need any scones, see Alyssa.) She loves to volunteer, with over 1000 volunteer hours under her belt– 4H, the Dundee Women’s Club, and the Camellia Run, among others. “I am excited to be involved and to give back,” she said. She is going to Oregon State to major in computer science. She hopes to help improve people’s lives that way.
Scott Friedrich, recipient of The Ken Austin Scholarship. Similar to the Joan Austin Scholarship, only awarded to boys. It appeared that Scott was already being offered job interviews after his talk! He told us about his dream of completing college in Montana, and establishing his own CNC machine shop. He would like to do prototyping and small production runs. He envisions growing the shop enough that he is then able to help the community. He is currently doing an internship, and plans to major in mechanical engineering. He loves to get outdoors when he has free time, and appreciated Rotary’s support.
Om Sukheenai’s guest was Gail Watson, who is with Resolute Printing Company.
Jake Ramirez joined us again after a hiatus. He is the owner of Water Bear Cleaning and Restoration.
Dave Parker introduced Derek Brown, the new Director of Assessment and Testing for the Newberg School District, who is interested in Rotary.
Lynn Derania, Alyssa’s mom, and Louisa Durant, Marcos’ mom, joined us, too.
Spike and Auggie Stay on Foundation Board
Spike Sumner reminded us that our club’s Foundation board is comprised of six members, and two members’ terms expire each year. This year, Auggie Gonzales and Spike’s terms are up. Spike asked if anyone was interested in running for the board, and no one came forward. Luckily, Spike said both he and Auggie were willing to serve again. A motion to reelect these two passed unanimously. Thanks for your service, Spike and Auggie!