CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Grange Co-op awarded $13,500 in scholarships to high school seniors at their annual meeting on April 25.
Twelve scholarships, totaling $12,000, were presented by Grange Co-op. One $1,500 Rogue Co-op Scholarship was presented by Rogue Credit Union, Medford Food Co-op, Ashland Food Co-op and Grange Co-op.
Since 2012, Grange Co-op has awarded $80,500 in scholarships to high school seniors, and in conjunction with Rogue Co-ops, another $9,500, totaling $90,000.
“Providing education is a fundamental principle for cooperatives, and we could not be prouder to support such a fine group of young men and women in pursuit of higher education,” stated Barry Robino, CEO of Grange Co-op, in a press release. “This scholarship program offers students an opportunity to learn how the cooperative business model impacts their communities, providing them with insight they may not previously have known.”
Awarded for their academic excellence and community involvement, the following students received a $1,000 scholarship. Abby Andrus from Mount Shasta, Calif.; Abby Togerson from Grants Pass, Ore.; Blake Aho from Klamath Falls, Ore.; Daphne Hobbs from Garberville, Calif.; Liliana Tapia from Macdoel, Calif.; Ryan Laws from Central Point, Ore.; Rose McFarland from Eagle Point, Ore.; Dale Theron from Fortuna, Calif.; Virginia Gonzales from North Bend, Ore.; Carlie Paquette from North Bend, Ore.; Francesca Abusmas from Grants Pass, Ore.; and Matthew Hageman from Medford, Ore.
Awarded the Rogue Co-ops scholarship for $1,500 was William Byrd from Roseburg, Ore.
Grange Co-op and its members also had the pleasure of donating $10,000 to the Oregon FFA, which was presented during the annual meeting. Receiving the check on behalf of Oregon FFA was Southern District FFA President Trevor Morgan and Oregon FFA Executive Director Kevin White.