Scholarship Night: Local groups gift funds for grads
One-by-one dozens of of soon-to-be Brookings-Harbor High School graduates took the mic at the annual Scholarship Awards Reception and announced future plans to attend colleges across the state and U.S to pursue studies ranging from diesel technology to accounting and veterinary science to robotics.
Becky Olsen, president of the Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, handed out $98,250 in scholarships to 35 seniors from a variety of funds created by local families and businesses.
Students earning the highest amount of scholarships included: Shaan Amin, Courtney Bay, Drew Farmer, Vanessa Hernandez-Zepeda, Hanna Leonard and Russell Nickels. All six earned $7,500 in various scholarships from BHSF in addition to other awards.
The BHSF also awarded $89,000 in scholarships to 33 BHHS alumni continuing or starting their college journey.
Fourteen individual scholarships were also awarded from the Armed Services, Azalea Scholarship Pageant, Brookings Harbor Education Association, Crescent City Bowling Association, Elks Lodge, Manley Art Center, Masonic Lodge, Pelican Bay Athletic Association, P.E.O, Rogue Community Credit Union, Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, Soroptimist International of Brookings, South Coast Lumber and Southwestern Oregon Community College.
In total, an estimated $405,000 was awarded in scholarships, Gear-Up funds and tuition waivers to seniors and recent graduates at the May 9 event.