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Students from Woodburn and Gervais high schools selected for Rosina Barnes, Regional scholarships from P.E.O. Chapter J.

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN PEO CHAPTER J - From left, Woodburn High School's Yesenia Lopez, Christa Manetti, Yahaira Rodriguez and Olga Slivkova received scholarships of between $1,000 and $2,500 from Woodburn PEO Chapter J. Gervais High School's Katie Hanson, not pictured, also received a $1,000 scholarship.The Woodburn P.E.O. Chapter J announced its 2021 scholarship recipients in May.

Christa Manetti, a Woodburn High School (WAAST) graduate garnered The Rosina Barnes $2500 Scholarship, which is awarded annually in memory of a past P.E.O. Sister and long-time Woodburn educator. Christa plans to attend Oregon State University, major in Earth Science and eventually become a high school science teacher.

Four local Regional $1,000 Scholarships were also awarded. Yahaira Rodriguez Ramirez, a Woodburn High School (WeBSS) graduate, will attend Linfield College and major in International Business. She plans to become a Business Development Manager.

Olga Slivkova, a Woodburn High School (WeBSS) graduate, plans to attend Chemeketa College for two years then transfer to OSU in pursuit of a Construction Management Engineering degree. She plans to own her own construction company.

Yesenia Lopez, a Woodburn High School (WASST) graduate, will also attend Chemeketa College for two years then transfer to a four-year college to major in nursing to achieve her goal of becoming a hospice nurse.

Katie Hanson, a Gervais High School graduate, will attend Lower Columbia College in Washington and transfer to a four-year university to major in nursing. She plans to become a nurse practitioner.

For over a century, P.E.O., as an international philanthropic educational organization, has existed to celebrate the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College. Local chapters gratefully partner with businesses and individuals to raise funds in order to help enable women to achieve their highest aspirations. This past year, despite the hardships of the pandemic, generous Mad Cap Golf Tournament sponsors and players, as well as an anonymous donor, allowed these awards to be given.


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