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Scholarship awards boost student achievement

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Aug. 7, 2018
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Mark Peterson, Public Information Officer

Salem, OR — Nine Oregon high school graduates are recipients of the 2018 Workers’ Memorial Scholarship awards, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) announced. The awards program helps finance higher education for family members of Oregon workers who have been fatally injured or permanently disabled on the job.

Oregon OSHA will honor the recipients during a public ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

Each of the recipients has different dreams and career aspirations. All of them have experienced the personal and financial hardships that result when a parent is lost to a workplace death or permanently disabled while on the job.

The recipients are:

Salma Anguiano, Hermiston

Anguiano is a 2018 graduate of Hermiston High School. She will attend Whitman College in the fall and pursue a degree in politics.

A vehicle accident left her stepfather, who worked at a dairy farm, a quadriplegic. Anguiano is receiving a $1,500 award.

Alyssa Bergold, Roseburg

A graduate of Douglas High School in Winston, Bergold will attend Umpqua Community College in the fall. As she moves forward with her studies, which include earning a certificate this year from the college’s dental assisting program, Bergold is considering becoming a veterinarian technician.

Bergold’s stepfather died in an accident at a lumber mill. She is receiving a $1,000 award.

Cheyenne Datan, North Bend

Datan is a 2018 graduate of North Bend Senior High School. She plans to study criminal justice at Pacific University.

Datan’s father, a deputy sheriff, died in an on-duty ATV accident. She is receiving a $1,500 award.

Samantha Hull, Portland

Hull is a 2018 graduate of Portland Christian High School. She plans to study elementary education and teaching at Corban University.  

Hull’s father died in a forklift accident before she was born. She is receiving a $500 award.

Eric Johnson, Gresham

With his GED completed, Johnson will continue his studies at Mt. Hood Community College. He plans to transfer to Oregon State University, where he wants to pursue a degree in marine science. Johnson is receiving a $1,000 award.

Grace Milner, Silverton

Milner graduated from Silverton High School this year. She plans to study pediatric nursing at Linfield College.  

Her stepfather died in a car accident while traveling for work. Milner is receiving a $1,500 award.

Marissa Parr, Jefferson

A graduate of Jefferson High School, Parr earned a bachelor’s degree at Willamette University. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice – with a concentration in behavioral analysis – at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania.

Before Parr was born, her father, a long-haul truck driver, was disabled during a loading operation. Parr is receiving a $500 award.

Jessica Ross, Coquille

Ross is a 2018 graduate of Coquille High School. In the fall, she will begin studies at Southwestern Oregon Community College. She plans to complete her school work at Oregon Institute of Technology, with a goal of becoming an ultrasound technician.

A work-related accident involving a fall from a scaffold left her father a quadriplegic. Ross is receiving a $1,000 award.

Sydney Sampson, Springfield

Sampson, who was dually enrolled at Henry D. Sheldon High School and Lane Community College, will attend the University of Oregon this fall. She plans to double-major in political science and international studies. Sampson aspires to become the first black woman Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Sampson’s stepfather, a police officer, was shot to death in the line of duty. She is receiving a $500 award.

“These young people have faced the loss of loved ones and the immense challenges that brings,” said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. “Yet, they’ve never given up on themselves or their educational and career goals. These awards are an opportunity for us to support them as they move forward.”

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA’s Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers.

The 1991 Legislature established the Workers’ Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

The Workers’ Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job. Learn more about the program.


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