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Youths in the Newberg area earn three $1,000 scholarships to further their educations

COURTESY PHOTO - Isabela HockettCOURTESY PHOTO - Macy SchowalterCOURTESY PHOTO - Annike Sellke

The Newberg Soroptimist Club has recognized a trio of young women who have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to honor their service to the community and made other contributions to society.

Eleven graduating students in total applied for the scholarships and three were chosen: Newberg High School graduates Annike Sellke and Macy Schowalter, and St. Paul High School grad Isabela Hockett.

The requirements for the scholarship awarded to young women include acceptance to a college of the students' choice, two essays and a handful of reference letters. Criteria for the awards include "Service to Community, Personal Qualities and Academic Achievements," according to a release from the organization.

"These young women's level of volunteer contributions, their insights about the need to be a contributing member of society, and their goal setting was very impressive!" one judge commented in the release.

The SICV Scholarship Review Committee is charged with deciding who receives the scholarships and, according to the release, was impressed with the entire list of applicants. This trio stood out from the pack, though.

"It also reflects on the quality of support these women receive from family, their schools, their places of worship, and their workplaces," the release stated.

Applicants were assigned a score and the three recipients all received the highest scores among their classmates and fellow applicants.

According to the organization's website, "Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley, part of a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, will present a $1,000 Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards) to help a local woman improve her economic situation." For more information, visit

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