Three students to receive Workers' Memorial Scholarships
Salem - Three Oregon college students will receive
Workers' Memorial Scholarships for the 2001-2002 school
year at an awards ceremony on August 27 at 2 p.m. in the
Governor's ceremonial office in the Capitol Building.
The Department of Consumer and Business Services Oregon
Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) administers
annual scholarships for the education of spouses or children
of permanently disabled or fatally injured workers. The
Workers' Memorial Scholarship was established by the 1991
Legislature at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO with support
from Associated Oregon Industries.
On hand to help celebrate the students' achievement will
be: Representative Diane Rosenbaum, House District 14;
Danny Santos, education policy coordinator, Office of the
Governor; and Peter De Luca, administrator, Oregon OSHA.
Photo: Award ceremony
The three awardee's
The scholarship recipients:
(Ashland) Patrick Oropallo was awarded $5,000 to attend
Southern Oregon University. He will be a freshman majoring
in business administration. Orapallo attended Ashland High
School, where he earned a varsity letter all four years
as a member of the golf team. He also is a member of the
Oak Knoll Golf Club. Working part-time at the club enables
him to pay for his golf equipment and fees. Orpallo's most
meaningful accomplishment was winning the Oak Knoll club
championship. "It showed me that if you want something
bad enough and put in the effort and hard work it takes,
you can obtain it," Oropallo said on his application.
After getting a degree in business administration and a
teaching certificate, Oropallo wants to teach on the professional
golf circuit and, eventually, be the head professional
for a golf course.
(Sweet Home) Calvin Brown, of Sweet Home, was awarded
$5,000 and will be attending the University of Oregon to
pursue a double major, business administration and Japanese.
Brown lived in Tokyo, Japan, in 1999 as an exchange student.
During that time, despite not having any prior Japanese
language instruction, he became proficient in the language
and culture. In November 1999 he placed fourth in a Japanese
speech contest. His volunteer service includes delivering
Thanksgiving baskets to the needy, operating the mixer
board and sound equipment at a homeless benefit concert,
and working at the local Boys and Girls Club. Brown's main
objective in life is to pass on to his children the values
and morals that his parents instilled in him.
(Portland) Sarah Baldwin will be a fifth-year senior
at Portland State University, where she is working to obtain
a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She is hoping
to be accepted to Willamette University School of Law in
2002. She was awarded $6,150. Baldwin took a correspondence
course from Brigham Young University and graduated at 16
with a GPA of 3.7. She then attended Umpqua Community College
while working as a librarian there. After graduating with
an advanced associates degree, she entered Portland State
University. Baldwin and her boyfriend have purchased and
are remodeling a house in Portland. They plan to sell it
to help finance law school tuition. Eventually, Sarah would
like to practice law in Portland.