Rotary Awards $8,500 In Scholarships In 2022

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Meet & Learn About Some Of Our Scholarship Recipients

FOREST GROVE, Oregon (June 8, 2022) – Continuing a nearly five-decade tradition in the local community, a total of 13 graduating high school seniors have been awarded $8,500 in scholarships by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove.

The 10 students from Forest Grove High School, two from Banks High School and one from Gaston High School will be provided one-time scholarships varying in amounts from $250 to $1,000. All 10 students were honored during the club’s weekly meeting on Wednesday, June 8.

A total of 33 students applied for the scholarship program, which is funded through proceeds from the Rotary Club of Forest Grove’s annual Concours d’Elegance car show. The number of applicants was up from 14 last year as applications were down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scholarship applications were judged on academic success, service and financial need.

“We had a wonderful group of applicants this year and we were happy to see the amount of applications increase from the year before,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Sharon Olmstead. “I am grateful to our Scholarship Committee for their work and for our club’s continued support of our community’s youth.”

Applicants to the Rotary Club of Forest Grove Scholarship program must be graduating seniors residing in the Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston school district attendance areas. The funds are available to use for first-year tuition at any four-year college or vocational school in the United States.

In addition to the 13 awarded scholarships, the club is providing a contribution to an endowed scholarship fund at Pacific University that is in the name of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove. This fund is used by the university to provide scholarships to local students.

Over the last 48 years, proceeds from the Concours d’Elegance have been used by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove to award over $1 million in scholarships to local students. After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Concours is scheduled for Sunday, July 17 on the campus of Pacific University. Additional information on the event is available online at

Individuals wishing to donate to the scholarship fund can send checks (payable to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove) to the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, PO Box 125, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Forest Grove High School:
Micaela Gaither, Lucie Carriker, Teresa Marin Vasquez, Makaila Takahashi, Blake Garcia, Marlene Fernandez Reyes, Lily Everson, Amalia Villafana Lopez, Venezia Paxos, McKenzie Brennan

Banks High School: Natalee Rizzo, Magdalene Streblow

Gaston High School: Grace Smith

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF FOREST GROVE: Established in 1924, the Rotary Club of Forest Grove is one of the oldest and largest Rotary clubs in the Portland metropolitan area.  Serving the communities of Forest Grove, Banks, Cornelius and Gaston, the Rotary Club of Forest Grove is a dynamic group of civic-minded business and community leaders, linked by Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” The Rotary Club of Forest Grove is dedicated to helping make our local communities a better place to live through the funding of local organizations, especially those focusing on youth, and through service in local projects. Membership in the Rotary Club of Forest Grove is open to anyone who wishes to make a difference in their community, and the world, through service. To learn more, visit

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