Rotary gives scholarships
Foundation scholarship went to:
n Brooke Clover-Owens, McMinnville High, who plans to earn a nursing degree and specialize in emergency medicine. She will attend the University of Washington. She has done four medical internships, been co-chair of Mac High’s Doernbecher Club and gone on a mission trip to Mexico. She was on the honor roll and involved in National Honor Society, Model UN, Interact Club and the Link Crew. She also has been active with Gallery Theater.
n Claire Qian Henry, Yamhill-Carlton High, who was born in China and is fluent in Mandarin and the Quinhai dialect in addition to English. She plans to major in business and marketing at Portland State University, with hopes to work for an American company doing business in China. She competed in three sports.
n Martin Cortes, Mac High, who moved to the U.S. at age 12 and learned English in school. A valedictorian, he will graduate from the Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy and go on to study engineering at Oregon State University. He wants to become a mechanical engineer and start an engineering firm with his two younger brothers after they’ve earned their degrees.
n Matthew Desmond, Mac High, who plans to go to OSU to study finance and business administration. An honor student, he plans to become a chartered financial adviser. He is a Boy Scout and a member of NHS. He works as a lifeguard at the McMinnville Aquatic Center and volunteers for The Salvation Army’s Community Garden and Habitat for Humanity.
n Haley Johnson, Mac High, who will study business management at Linfield College. She volunteers with Limbs for Life Foundation, the Racing to Change Lives event, Hunters Hope Foundation, the McMinnville Harvest Festival and the Starry Night fundraiser.
n Erica Johnson, Mac High, who will study business at OSU Honor’s College. A cancer survivor, she is interested in becoming a CPA. Her volunteer activities include Doernbecher Club, her church youth group, the Mayors Ball, the SIP Wine & Food Classic and YCAP.
n Abby Lawson, Mac High, who grew up overseas while her parents worked as international educators in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, China and South Korea. She will study biology at Gonzaga University and pursue a career in health. She is a a member of the National Honor Society and the Doernbecher Club, and has worked on the Mr. Mac High pageant. She volunteers with the American Red Cross, the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen and the McMinnville Education Association’s annual Starry Night event.
n Jack McKeegan, Mac High, who plans to go to Notre Dame University for pre-med studies. He is a youth leader at St. James. He has been a member of NHS, Key Club, Interact Club and choirs, and has competed in track and cross country.
n Giselle Naranajo-Cruz, Dayton High, who will study business and political science at Linfield. She is considering a career in public service. She volunteers with the Dayton Together Coalition and the Ford Family Foundation Rural Leadership Training program.
n Megan O’Leary, Amity High, who will study environmental engineering at OSU. She wants to research water conservation and methods that can make salt water safe to drink in an affordable way. She is a member of National Honor Society. She volunteers after school as a tutor and helps out at the Aftermath Thrift Store. She has played competitive softball for years.
n Katie Nance, Mac High, a first-generation college student who plans to become an educator. She plans to earn a degree in education from Western Oregon University, then join the Peace Corps and teach overseas. She is a member of NHS, the Doernbecher Club and the Bear Hugs Child Development Center at Mac High. She ran cross country and competed in track and field. She volunteers with the First Baptist Church Youth Group, Bear Buddies and a local Daycare provider.
Speciality scholarship winners include:
n Katie Pardee, Mac High, who received the $1,000 Cy Jeter Music Scholarship. She plans to study jazz piano at Portland State University this fall. She hopes to become a piano performer and teach jazz and music theory at the college level. She has participated in all of the music groups at Mac High. She is a member of Doernbecher Club, NHS, Environmental Club and cross country team. She volunteers at the St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, Meals on Wheels and her church.
n Courtney Schoenborn of Amity High, who won a $500 Wine & Art Scholarship. She plans to enter Eastern Oregon University’s Film Production program this fall. She said the program will allow her to blend theater, art, design and technology. She was a member of NHS, FFA and the Robotics Club. She works as a general laborer for her father’s construction company, and worked last summer in Togiak, Alaska. She also volunteers with her church.
n Allyson Ulbricht of Mac High, who won the $500 “Service Above Self” Scholarship. She will study environmental sciences at OSU. The Service Above Self award goes to a Mac High graduate who excelled in volunteer activities at the school and in the community. She volunteers at the McMinnville Food & Wine Classic, helps with the McMinnville Fire Department toy drive and assists with American Legion activities. At school, she was part of the LINK Crew and Bear Buddies, and volunteered at the MAC Club’s annual crab feed.
n Natasha Hougham-Everett of Dayton High, who won the the Arnele Surface Scholarship. A visually impaired student, she plans to attend Portland State University and become a social worker. The $1,000 award was established in 2001 to help disabled or disadvantaged graduating seniors who are seeking to continue their higher education.
The club also presented the Dan Ecker “For the Love of the Game” scholarship to a Mac High student.