Saturday, May 12, 2012
Local students might want to consider the following scholarship opportunities:
Rural Development Initiatives has announced a $500 scholarship that Coastal Farm & Ranch will award to a student who incorporates Powered by Rural into his or her senior project.
Designed to engage rural high school seniors in assessing their “community power” and the impact that their project makes, this “appreciative inquiry” component encourages community and self reflection and can be incorporated into any existing physical or written project.
The scholarship will be given to one student who makes a meaningful connection between his or her project and why that community is powerful.
Worksheets and related materials can be found at poweredbyrural.org and must be submitted by June 1. The award recipient will be notified June 15.
Rural Development Initiatives is a nonprofit dedicated to helping rural communities achieve their visions and goals.
The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, an affiliate of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, encourages area students pursuing nursing degrees and training to apply for financial assistance available through several scholarship programs. The foundation offers the following scholarships to qualifying nursing students:
n The Evelyn Kaser Nursing Scholarship supports the educational interests of individuals who wish to become registered nurses;
n The Marty Aalbers Nursing Scholarship funds trauma and ostomy training for nurses intending to practice in the Mid-Columbia region.
The Non-Traditional Nursing Student is designed for students over age 25 and currently enrolled in a nursing program after an interruption in their studies due to life circumstances.
n The Lorna & Joseph Halliday Family Nursing Scholarship is designed for students from the Columbia River Gorge area who are accepted into an undergraduate nursing program.
“By providing these annual scholarships, we hope to encourage aspiring nurses in our community and, at the same time, positively impact the nursing industry,” said Celeste Hill Thomas, executive director of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation.
Applications for 2012 scholarships are due June 29. Mid-Columbia residents interested in a future career in nursing can apply for one of Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s scholarships by contacting the foundation at 541- 296-7275 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available online at donate.mcmc.net.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge