Press Release-May 2009
NEWS RELEASE Wednesday May 27 2009
Cottage Grove Community Foundation provides 29 scholarships to area students
The Cottage Grove Community Foundation provided 29 scholarships and two renewable scholarships to students from Cottage Grove High School, Creswell High School and North Douglas High School for a total nearly $30,000. Since its inception, the foundation has given out almost $160,000 to deserving students to help them pay for their education.
"Each year we receive funds to disburse for scholarships from eleven endowment funds. And this year we also had funds from over 15 donors and many of the faculty of the South Lane School District who have monthly payroll deductions for scholarships for the South Lane School District students," said Kathryn Porter, co-chair of the scholarship committee. She said they received 63 applications and had funds to distribute to only 50% of those applicants. "We have a goal to provide scholarship funds to all the students graduating from schools in South Lane School District that want to pursue higher education including vocational schools, community colleges, and universities. Cottage Grove residents have been very generous in the past in their contribution of funds including the establishment of endowments and we must get the word out that more of our students are continuing their education and need the extra help that these scholarships provide." Anyone wishing to make donations should contact the foundation office at 942-0014. All contributions are tax deductible.
This year's scholarships were funded by the following endowment funds: Cottage Grove Community Foundation Permanent Fund, South Lane Education Fund, Sumer Solesbee Nursing Scholarship Fund, Woodard Family Scholarship for LCC held by the LCC Foundation, Elizabeth Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund, Jim Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund, Krista Parent Scholarship Fund, Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Doris Abbott Fund, Roger and Eileen Russell Fund, Sumer Solesbee Memorial Scholarship Fund, LCC Anonymous Vocational Scholarship Fund held by the Oregon Community Foundation, Portmann Family Fund, Mildred Smith Scholarship Fund. Donors include Scott and Sherry Saunders, Karen Winter and Betty Wright.
The scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,500.
The Cottage Grove High School and Kennedy Alternative High School recipients are:
Cottage Grove Community Foundation Permanent Fund Scholarships:
The Cottage Grove Community Foundation Donor Scholarships:
Saunders Family Scholarships:
Hoyer Family Scholarship:
South Lane Education Fund Scholarships:
Woodard Family Scholarship for LCC:
Sumer Solesbee Nursing Scholarships:
Jim Wright Memorial Scholarship:
Elizabeth Stewart Memorial Scholarship:
Krista Parent Scholarship:
Dr. & Mrs. Joseph Abbott Memorial Scholarship:
Cottage Grove Community Foundation LCC Anonymous vocational scholarship:
Portmann Family Scholarships:
Mildred Smith Memorial Scholarship:
The Creswell Recipients are:
Jim Wright Memorial Scholarships:
Roger and Eileen Russell Scholarship:
The North Douglas High School recipient is:
Jim Wright Memorial Scholarship:
These students previously awarded Sumer Solesbee Nursing Scholarships
were selected to receive renewable scholarships:
Both are attending Lane Community College. Tanya has been accepted in the nursing school and Rachel will be applying this year.
The Cottage Grove Community Foundation was established in 1991 as a public non-profit organization to help improve the quality of life for the residents of the City of Cottage Grove and surrounding communities. It is a resource for citizens, private companies and other foundations to make charitable gifts and bequests that will provide financial support to educational, medical, cultural, social and civic organizations serving the community.