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.
2019 scholarship winners
Salma Anguiano, Hermiston
Anguiano is a 2018 graduate of Hermiston High School. She is studying American government and politics, and ethnic studies at Whitman College. Anguiano hopes to attend law school.
A vehicle accident left her stepfather, who worked at a dairy farm, a quadriplegic. Anguiano is receiving a $5,500 award.
Abbey Dieu, Coquille
A graduate of Coquille High School, Dieu will begin coursework in physical therapy at Linn-Benton Community College in the fall. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in general science, with the larger goal of securing a career in physical therapy.
Dieu’s father, a logger, was struck by a fallen tree in an accident that nearly claimed his life. She is receiving a $2,500 award.
Ginger Ewing, Bandon
Ewing graduated from Bandon High School this year. She plans to study nursing at Linfield College, with a goal of securing a master’s degree in that field.
Ewing’s father, a cattle ranch worker, was fatally kicked in the head by a horse. She is receiving a $4,000 award.
Samantha Hull, Portland
Hull is a 2018 graduate of Portland Christian High School. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in 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.
Ora Kuhse, Springfield
A graduate of Springfield High School, Kuhse will attend Lane Community College in the fall. She will immerse herself in the study and application of beauty treatment, with an eye toward eventually fashioning a career as a licensed cosmetologist.
Kuhse’s father, a press operator, died in an industrial accident at a plywood plant. She is receiving a $2,500 award.
Grace Milner, Silverton
A graduate of Silverton High School, Milner is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in pediatric nursing – with a minor in Spanish – at Linfield College.
Her stepfather died in a car accident while traveling for work. Milner is receiving a $5,500 award.
Alannah Rudduck, Warrenton
After graduating from Warrenton High School, Rudduck earned three associate’s degrees at Mt. Hood Community College. She is now working toward a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at Augusta University in Georgia. She also plans to pursue a minor in business.
Rudduck’s father, a police officer, died in the line of duty. She is receiving a $4,000 award.
Sydney Sampson, Springfield
A graduate of Henry D. Sheldon High School who completed coursework at Lane Community College, Sampson will be a sophomore at the University of Oregon in the fall. At the university, she is double-majoring in political science and international studies.
Sampson’s stepfather, a police officer, was shot to death in the line of duty. She is receiving a $500 award.