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Newly created Milwaukie High School alumni foundation plans party, movie night to raise funds for two scholarships

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Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation is brainchild of Kami Aguilar, whose husband is a counselor at MHS

The Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation board members are inviting the community to help them raise funds for two scholarships that will be awarded to Milwaukie High School seniors this May.

PHOTO BY CARTER MITCHELLDYER - Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation Board members, include, from left, Craig Mitchelldyer, Julie Weeks, Roger Hodge, Kami Aguilar and Danica Swanson.The group will host Mustang Party with a Purpose at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Buffalo Gap Saloon and Eatery, at 6835 S.W. Macadam Ave., in Portland.

"The Buffalo Gap is owned by 1992 MHS graduate Troy Itami, and 30 percent of all purchases that night will go to the scholarship fund," said foundation board member and MHS alumnus Craig Mitchelldyer.

Then on March 11, the foundation will host a showing of "E.T." at 5 p.m. at the MHS auditorium, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave. Suggested donation is $5 and all proceeds will go to the scholarship fund.

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The Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation is "the brainchild of Kami Aguilar, whose husband is a counselor at MHS," Mitchelldyer said.

PHOTO BY CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - Kami Aguilar, board president and founder of the fund, stands in front of the iconic mural at Milwaukie High School.The foundation recently obtained federal nonprofit status, 501(c)(3), meaning that it's a tax-exempt charity, and donations made to it are tax-deductible. Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation's five-member board includes Aguilar, Mitchelldyer, Roger Hodge, Danica Swanson and Julie Weeks.

All board members graduated from MHS; Mitchelldyer in 1998 and the others in 1994. They all still live and work in the Milwaukie area.

The foundation's goal is to award two $2,500 scholarships to graduates from MHS or the Milwaukie Academy of the Arts. Applications will be available in April, and scholarships will be given in May, Mitchelldyer said.

"There are already scholarships out there for students with perfect GPAs, but for this scholarship, applicants don't have to have the best GPA. We just want to help students in the community advance themselves. Maybe they want to go to a trade school," he said.

Criteria for the scholarships include local community service, extracurricular activities, academic and career goals and financial need.

The board will give special attention to students who attended Milwaukie schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, Mitchelldyer said.

He added: "We are partnering in the fall with the Beer Store in downtown Milwaukie. We are going to fill it with paintings by local artists and part of the proceeds from the sale of the art will go to the scholarship fund."

To donate to the scholarship fund or to contact board members, visit mustangbornfund.com.