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Molalla High School 2020 graduates and past graduates earned $308,109 in local scholarships

PMG FILE PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - Molalla High School's 2020 graduates celebrate in June with a car parade in lieu of a traditional ceremony. The students also missed out on the annual scholarship night, but still earned more than $200,000 in local scholarships.

High school seniors in 2019-20 faced an abrupt end to their secondary school careers, missing out on important events like prom and even graduation.

But the students did complete their education and even earned impressive scholarships — largely thanks to local donors. While the traditional scholarship night was not possible this year, it is never too late to celebrate the students' achievements.

Molalla High School's 2020 graduates earned approximately $212,609, while past graduates currently enrolled in college scooped up another $95,500, for a total of $308,109 to Molalla students from local donors, according to Rebecca McKenzie, a Molalla High School counselor.

"Not bad for a pandemic," McKenzie said.

The students also earned awards from their universities and from the Oregon Promise Grant. Additionally, two students, Emilie Mendoza and Karina Shvachka, won Ford Family Foundation scholarships to cover 90% of college tuition and expenses.

Listed below are the awards given to Molalla students from local donors in 2019-20.

• Donald Slaughter Scholarship

$73,000 awarded to class of 2019-20 seniors

$52,000 awarded to former students currently in college

• Molalla Communications

$52,000 awarded to class of 2019-20 seniors

$39,000 awarded to MHS graduates currently in college

• Molalla Alumni Foundation – $22,000

• Judge Ralph Holman Memorial Scholarship - $12,000

• Everett Hill Memorial Foundation - $9,000

• Everett Hill Living Trust

$1,500 awarded to class of 2019-20 seniors

$4,500 awarded as renewals to previous winners still in college

• Clackamas Community College - $6,200

• Pauline and Ray Webb Fund - $8,500

• Holden Promise Vocational Grant - $5,000

• Share the Love Scholarship - $4,500

• Dan Schultz/ Ed Lettenmaier Kiwanis Grant - $500

• Orange and Black Boosters - $2,000

• Foothills Community Church Scholarships - $2,500

• Molalla Grange - $1,500

• Talmer and Selma Dybad Fund - $950

• Molalla River Education Foundation - $1,500

• Donna Wendling Memorial Scholarship - $2,000

• Guy Tolstead - $500

• Phyllis Parker - $1,000

• Barb Drennen Memorial Scholarship - $2,359

• Silverton Elks Most Valuable Student - $1,600

• Harris Scholar Athlete Award - $2,000

• Sodexo Good Citizen Award - $500

Kristen Wohlers
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