A workplace death or a life-altering injury can have a profound effect on a family, including their ability to finance higher education. Each year, the Workers' Memorial Scholarship program provides awards to help surviving family members reach their educational goals.
2015 scholarship winners
Nicole Beck, Gold Hill
Beck graduated in 2015 from Crater Academy of Health and Public Services. She plans to study nursing at Rogue Community College.
Beck lost her father to a logging accident and is receiving a $1,000 award.
Daisy Maldonado Dominguez, Wilsonville
A 2014 graduate of Wilsonville High School, Maldonado Dominguez is studying English at Portland Community College and aspires to be a lawyer.
Maldonado Dominguez's father lost both arms in an agricultural machinery accident. She is receiving a $500 award.
Kassandra McCabe, Springfield
McCabe is a 2014 graduate of Marist High School and is attending Oregon State University. She hopes to become a surgeon or physical therapist and is majoring in pre-medicine.
McCabe's father became paralyzed and later blind following a logging accident in 2002. He died in 2013. She is receiving a $1,000 award and is a past Workers' Memorial Scholarship winner.
Amanda Shaffer, Medford
Shaffer is studying psychology at Rogue Community College and hopes to be a mental health counselor. She received her GED in 2003. Her mother was a road construction foreman and was struck and killed by a logging truck. Shaffer is receiving a $500 award.
One other award recipient wants to remain anonymous.