LOHS students wins scholarship

A Lake Oswego High School student is among 606 winners nationwide of the 2014 Horatio Alger State Scholarship.

Lauren Olson and the other recipients were given $6,000 on average for college tuition because they are “outstanding students, who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities,” according to a press release. There were five other Horatio Alger State Scholarship winners in Oregon.

The average GPA of all 2014 scholarship recipients is 3.6, and their mean SAT score is 1,593, while living in a household with an average annual income of $21,482. Horatio Alger Association, founded in 1947, administers one of the nation’s largest privately funded, need-based financial aid programs, and since the program was established in 1984, the association has awarded $100 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships.

CCC garners honors
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Clackamas Community College instructor Bruce Nelson received the 2013 Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award.

A Clackamas Community College instructor has received the 2013 Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award.

A college official announced Bruce Nelson as the award winner Jan. 30. Nelson teaches courses at Clackamas Community College such as arboriculture, organic farming, insect identification and pruning. For years Nelson has volunteered with Friends of Trees, training other volunteers and assisting with tree planting projects. He also helps plant and maintain trees at his neighborhood elementary school.

The award recognizes people who have made “significant contributions to the advancement of public information, education and understanding of forestry,” a press release from CCC states. The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award winner is selected by a panel of forestry educators from the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program at the Oregon State University College of Forestry, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, the Oregon Department of Forestry and past recipients of the award.

Additionally, Clackamas Community College was declared the Ervin Large Business of the Year during the Oregon City Chamber’s annual banquet Jan. 25. Judy Ervin, the CCC board chairwoman, accepted the award on the college’s behalf. Chamber members nominate award candidates, and winners of the award in previous years choose the honorees. Award criteria include involvement in education, growth, innovation and the community, according to a press release from CCC.Also at the banquet, Vicki Smith, CCC Foundation development officer, was installed as the chamber board chairwoman and will serve a one-year term while completing her three-year term on the board. Smith’s been a member of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce for 25 years and is serving her third term on the chamber board.

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