Canby student wins high scholarship honor
OnPoint Community Credit Union, along with the Oregon School Activities Association, announced on June 26 the winners of the 2019 OnPoint Community Credit Union Scholar Program.
Of the more than 150 who applied, there were just six winners, and of those winners, only one received the top prize. That was Canby High School's Maren Gingerich.
"I commend these excellent students for their academic achievement, leadership in their community and dedication to their chosen activities," said OSAA Executive Director Peter Weber. "Thank you to OnPoint for partnering with us to encourage and support the academic achievement of students, including our 2019 Scholar Program scholarship winners."
Gingerich, who will attend Grinnell College in the fall, was one of 13 Canby seniors to achieve a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average. The OnPoint scholar program recognizes scholars and athletes at OSAA schools and does take GPA into consideration.
According to OnPoint, winners were selected based on academic achievement, community leadership, two letters of recommendation and an essay on how participating in OSAA activities has enhanced their learning or helped them achieve their goals.
Gingerich, specifically, was selected in part because she successfully advocated for bringing girls wrestling to Canby High and helped grow the team from four to 20 girls. OnPoint recognized her for her student leadership, bringing about change and creating new opportunities.
Gingerich said this was one of the later scholarships, so she had to push herself to get out there and apply. But as she started writing her essay about her involvement with the women's wrestling program, the passion started pouring out.
"It was definitely a passionate topic for me," Gingerich said. "It's something I worked for a lot. I worked for developing the girls' wrestling program quite a bit."
Gingerich said prior to this year, Canby High had only ever had one or two female wrestlers and never in the same year. She recognized how difficult it would be to go at it solo, so she plastered posters around the school and started to stir up interest.
When it came to writing the scholarship essay, it was a way for her to process all that happened.
"It felt really nice even just to get that writing out there and turn in the application," Gingerich said. "So to actually get the award, that was amazing."
With the top prize, Gingerich will receive $2,500 toward her college education.
The other five winners will each receive $1,000. They are Ben Ineson from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Annika Marshall from Clackamas High School, Angelique Perrone from Elkton High School, Marley Salveter from Sandy High School and Henry Samuelson from Astoria High School.
"We are so proud to support these incredible students as they continue their education journeys from high school to college," said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. "OnPoint was founded by teachers and we honor these roots through our commitment to students, educators and school communities. Our partnership with the OSAA is one piece of that commitment."
To learn more about OnPoint's Scholar Program, visit www.osaa.org/awards/scholar.