Pair of Canby students surprised with presidential scholarship
It was the beginning of fourth period. Drew Dawson-Hurley sat quietly in his calculus class, and Makenna Reierson was dressed down and ready to get moving with the rest of the weightlifting students. Both were as surprised as the rest of the students when a train of adults came barging into their classes on Tuesday, March 3.
But the surprises were for them.
Heather Wofford had come to Canby High School that Tuesday to notify both Dawson-Hurley and Reierson they had won Oregon State University's most prestigious scholarship for incoming students: the presidential scholarship.
"This is the first time the students have been notified…they have no idea," Wofford said.
Joining Wofford in the two surprises were school administrators, the students' family members and the Herald. First up was Dawson-Hurley.
"I was confused when I saw my mother and grandmother walk into my class, and even more puzzled to see my older brother, considering the fact that he doesn't live in town," Dawson-Hurley said. "However, after [Wofford] announced why they were there, and that I had won the scholarship, I was beyond elated."
Then the train made its way up to the weight room to surprise Reierson.
"At first, I wasn't sure that they were asking for me to come up, as there is another Makenna in that class…Then I saw my family and was absolutely shocked when I realized that I had earned the presidential scholarship," Reierson said the next day. "Today when it set in that I had earned the scholarship I felt an immense sense of relief and excitement."
With the award, they'll each receive $10,000 per year renewable for four years at the school. They'll get other perks too, like priority registration and the potential to participate in a car-share program.
Dawson-Hurley and Reierson are among 800 students who qualified to be considered for OSU's presidential scholarship. To do so, students had to earn at least a 3.85 grade point average and a score of 1360 on the SAT test or 29 on the ACT.
Of the 800 considered, 124 students were selected to receive the award, according to Wofford. The average recipient had earned a 3.99 GPA and a 1490/32 test score.
"They also had on average the higher scores for our essay," Wofford said. "So, they excelled in not just the academic review, but also in our essay review."
Along with participating in extracurricular activities, Dawson-Hurley has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA and will take the college up on their scholarship offer to attend OSU's Honors College this coming fall.
Reierson enjoys competing on Canby's equestrian team, playing her flute and hiking. She also maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA and plans to study bioengineering through the Honors College.
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