Oregon chapter of American Fisheries Society honors MHCC students, one earns $2,000 scholarship

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MHCC - Mt. Hood Community College fisheries student, Anthony Pedro, got a $2,000 scholarship from the Oregon chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Two students in Mt. Hood Community College's Fisheries Technology program won awards given during the American Fisheries Society's Oregon chapter meeting in March.

Anthony Pedro won the $2,000 student scholarship award for associate degree students. Joseph Gregoire won first prize for his poster. Both are second-year fisheries students at MHCC. Pedro plans to work at a state fish hatchery after graduating this June.

"This scholarship will help me achieve my career goals by taking some of the financial burden of college off my shoulders and allowing me to spend the next few months focused on my studies," he said.

"I think one of the toughest parts of going back to school is sacrificing your time and ability to earn money while you take classes," he added.

Pedro said "I think my greatest accomplishment is taking a chance and returning to school as an adult. I now get to work with wildlife, which is something that I've always wanted to do."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MHCC - Joseph Gregoire crafted the winning poster in this years contest sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the American Fisheries Society.  Gregoire won the top prize in the poster contest, competing against Oregon students from four-year and graduate programs.

"Part of my goal was to create something effective, that read as a resume for prospective employers," Gregoire said.

"I took inspiration from the Fisheries Technology program brochure and collaborated with my fellow students and MHCC staff and faculty to gather data and design something informative and unique," he explained.

The fisheries program at the college, which is more than 40 years old, boasts its own fish hatchery. It accepts only 32 students per year and has some entry requirements.

MHCC said more than 50 percent of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery jobs are held by MHCC graduates.

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