Groups announce scholarships

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 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, Applications are also available online at

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