Five students receive Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards
On July 29th, The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon
OSHA) presented Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards to five Oregon students
for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Oregon OSHA presents annual scholarships to assist in the post-secondary
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
The five students receiving awards are:
Shawn Langford from Cornelius. Shawn was 24 when her husband died
in an on-the-job accident, leaving her a widow with two children ages
1 and 3. The responsibility of raising two young children prompted Shawn
to withdraw from college, a decision that she has been able to reverse
almost fifteen years later. Shawn is currently attending Portland Community
College working towards a career as a dental hygienist.
Shawn Langford with State Representative Diane Rosenbaum,
and Governor Ted Kulongoski
Kimberly McLaughlin of Yamhill. Kimberly's father was a carpenter
who died when she was eight years old. According to Kimberly, she learned
the value of hard work from her father while very young, and following
his death made working hard her lifetime goal. Kimberly is a 2003 graduate
of Yamhill-Carlton High School and will be attending Chemeketa Community
College studying business. Her future career plans include becoming a
Kimberly McLaughlin with Governor Ted Kulongoski
Phillip T. Nelson of Ontario. Phillip's father suffered a serious
disabling injury in an electrical accident in 1977, seven years before
Phillip was born. Phillip is a 2003 graduate of Ontario High School and
plans to attend Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Phillip's
career plans are focused on becoming a computer graphic designer and graphic
State Senator Ted Ferrioli accepting award for Phillip
Nelson from Governor Ted Kulongoski.
Michael Parr of Jefferson. Michael's father experienced a serious
injury that ended his career as a truck driver in 1990. A back injury
in 2000 cost Michael his own dream of becoming a helicopter pilot for
the U.S. Coast Guard. A setback became an opportunity for Michael to become
more involved with music during high school. Michael is a 2003 graduate
of Jefferson High School and plans to major in music at Western Oregon
University with a second major in American Sign Language. Career plans
for Michael include becoming a professional musician and music teacher.
Michael Parr and Governor Ted Kulongoski
Natasha Whitaker of Monmouth. Natasha's father became permanently
paralyzed during a logging accident in 1974. Natasha was born in 1984,
and through hard work went on to become the valedictorian for Central
High School in Independence in 2002. Natasha also received the Workers'
Memorial Scholarship award in 2002. Natasha attends Oregon State University
in Corvallis where she studies economics and is in the Honors program.
She is working towards a career in economics.
Natasha Whitaker and Governor Ted Kulongoski
The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate,
graduating high school senior, GED recipient, current college undergraduate
or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who
has been fatally injured, or permanently disabled, while on the job. A
workers' compensation claim for benefits must also have been accepted
to qualify. Scholarship funds are available for use at colleges within
the United States.