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Seventeen graduating seniors from Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston high schools received $26,000 in scholarships.

In a press release Friday, June 12, the Forest Grove Rotary announced nearly $26,000 in scholarships were awarded to 17 graduating seniors from Forest Grove, Banks, and Gaston high schools.

Continuing a nearly five-decade local tradition, 14 students from Forest Grove High School, two students from Gaston High School, and one from Banks High School will receive one-time scholarships varying from $750 to $2,000. A total of 30 students applied for the scholarship program, which is funded through proceeds from the Rotary Club of Forest Grove's annual Concours d'Elegance cars show. Scholarship applications were judged based on academic success, service, and financial need.

"We had another very talented group of applicants," said Scholarship Committee Chair Sharon Olmstead. "We had some tough choices to make from the exceptional group, but it is the honor of our committee to present these awards."

Applicants to the Rotary Club of Forest Grove Scholarship program must be graduating seniors residing in the Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston school district attendance areas. The funds are available to use for first-year tuition at any four-year college or vocational school in the United States. Of the $26,000 awarded, $8,000 of that amount is being awarded to seniors planning to attend Pacific University, which hosts the Concours d'Elegance. A portion of the proceeds from each year's show is donated directly to the university to be applied to both current student scholarships and the Rotary Club of Forest Grove Endowed Scholarship.

Over the last 47 years, proceeds from the Concours d'Elegance have been used by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove to award over $1 million in scholarships to local students.

This year's Concours d'Elegance, originally scheduled for July, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the show will return in 2021, donations to the scholarship program are being encouraged to help Rotary award scholarships for seniors in the 2020-21 academic year. Individuals wishing to donate can send checks (payable to the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove) to the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, P.O. Box 125, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

This years recipients were as follows:

Forest Grove High School's Zachary Burke, Victoria Flores Parra, Alayna Gilliland, Eymar Gonzalez Ocegueda, Olivia Grosse, Jessica Heinauer, Guy Littlefield, Sophia Mallett (awarded in 2019), Grace Malloy, Alan Rincon, Cameron Robinson, Faith Scheenstra, Piper Stewart, Jordan Vann. Gaston High School's Austin Walker and Caleb Wimberly. And Banks High School's Adam Mayo.

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