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Through Concours, the Rotary Club of Forest Grove has helped nearly 750 students attend college, more than 100 of them at Pacific University.

The Rotary Club of Forest Grove has established an endowed scholarship at Pacific University that will benefit local students in the future.

Rotary officials presented a $25,000 gift to Pacific President Lesley Hallick on June 21. The gift will establish an endowed fund that will provide yearly scholarships to Pacific students based on their academic achievement and dedication to community service.

"Endowments are the most advantageous source of funding for the university and the donor, as they ensure perpetual funding through careful investment," said Claudia P. Yakos, president of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove. "Financial aid, in the form of scholarships, is the most important tool in recruiting the best and brightest students to Pacific," she added.

The new endowed scholarship builds on the club's longtime partnership with Pacific University. The club, whose motto is "Service Above Self," holds its annual Steak Feed and weekly meetings at Pacific.

For many years, Pacific also has been home to the Rotary Club of Forest Grove's largest fundraiser, Forest Grove's Concours d'Elegance. The classic car show, now in its 45th year and set for July 16, has raised more than $1 million to support community service programs and student scholarships.

Through Concours, the Rotary Club of Forest Grove has helped nearly 750 students attend college, more than 100 of them at Pacific.

"The Forest Grove Rotary Club has been a generous supporter of our students for many years," said Hallick. "We are so grateful for this additional commitment, which will ensure opportunities for students for generations to come.

"We are proud to partner with an organization that is so dedicated to our local community and youth."

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