Scholarship program focuses on students from farmworker families

Guadalupe Diaz, shown with her daughter, won a Sister Adele scholarship and is a Ph.D candidate at Oregon State University.

Students from farmworker families, especially Eastern Oregon residents, are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by CASA of Oregon, a private non-profit based in Sherwood, Ore.

Applications for the Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship are due by April 17. Application forms are available on-line, www.casaoforegon.org/scholarships. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500.

CASA spokesman Edward Gutierrez said applicants should be students who anticipate having a high school diploma or GED by the fall of 2015 and will be enrolled in an institution. The scholarships are open to students who will attend college or engage in career-track training such as mechanics, cosmetics or other trades.

The program also is open to students who may have left school and want to give it another try, Gutierrez said.

CASA of Oregon counts Guadalupe Diaz, now a Ph.D candidate at Oregon State University, as one of its scholarship success stories. She was born in Michoacan, Mexico and arrived with her family in Milton-Freewater, Ore., as a child in 1998. Her father picked fruit and her mother worked in packing houses, and both encouraged her to focus on education. She graduated from high school, enrolled at OSU and in 2007 received one of the Sister Adele scholarships. She has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees is working toward a doctorate in human development and family sciences.

The scholarship honors Sister Adele Mansfield, of the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, Ore., whose mission in life was serving the poor and homeless. She was particularly active in aiding farmworkers, and opened St. Joseph’s Shelter in Mount Angel. She served on CASA of Oregon’s board of directors and in other capacities from 1990 to 2001.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Gutierrez at edward@casaoforegon.org.

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