Workers' Memorial Scholarship
Workplace deaths and life-changing injuries send shockwaves through families, including throwing into doubt their capacity to finance higher education. That is why the State of Oregon provides the Workers' Memorial Scholarship program, which helps surviving family members achieve their educational goals.
This year, five students received Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards. They were recognized by Oregon OSHA during a recent public ceremony held at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem. The recipients are:
Nicole Beck, Gold Hill
Beck graduated in 2015 from Crater Academy of Health and Public Services. She is studying nursing at Rogue Community College.
Beck lost her father to a logging accident. She received a $1,250 award.
Laura Dewey, Hermiston
Dewey is a 2016 graduate of Hermiston High School. She plans to study agriculture and marketing at Blue Mountain Community College, with a goal of becoming an animal scientist.
Dewey's father died as the result of a fire inside a tanker truck. She received a $1,250 award.
Laura Dittman, Newberg
With her GED completed, Dittman is attending Portland Community College. She is studying health care and hopes to work in aging services and gerontology. She received a $500 award.
Dittman's father died of a heart attack while doing his job as an insurance claims adjuster.
Daisy Maldonado Dominguez, Wilsonville
Maldonado Dominguez is a 2014 graduate of Wilsonville High School. She plans to study English and psychology at Oregon State University. She aspires to be a lawyer.
Maldonado Dominguez's father lost both arms in an agricultural machinery accident. She received a $1,250 award.
Adelaine Prinz, West Linn
A 2015 graduate of St. Mary's Academy, Prinz is studying graphic design at Boise State University. She hopes to become a graphic designer.
Prinz's father died in an airplane crash while doing his job as a corporate controller. She received a $1,250 award.
"These young people have faced the loss of loved ones and the challenges that brings," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "While we can do little to address their loss, these awards do offer us an opportunity to support them as they pursue their future goals."
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.