Funded by Doug and Courtney Beardsley
In cooperation with the Hood River County Education Foundation
Doug and Courtney believe “Education is your insurance policy for life.” The educational process can transform a person’s perceived social position and their sense of personal empowerment. Education can be most transformative when it’s based around hard work, a growth mindset, community connection, and a willingness to take risks. An empowered and educated student can influence the outcome of their own life and uplift their entire community. This scholarship is our gift to those students who have dedicated time and effort during high school to maximize their potential and who wish to continue their growth at college or university.
Two scholarships of $5000 (Renewable for three additional years: up to $20,000 total per recipient)
- Applicant is first generation college-bound AND/OR qualifies for free/reduced lunch
- Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Evidence of enriching cross-cultural experiences (Ex: fluency in a second language; specific track of study focusing on second language or expanding cultural awareness; immersion in a cross-cultural environment)
- Applicant must attend a four-year university or college
- Personal Resume
- Two Essays (400-500 words each):
- What are your future college plans? How have you used your time during high school to prepare for the challenges that await you in college?
- Give an example of your enriching cross-cultural experience, which may include second language fluency, learning a new language, or immersion in a cross-cultural environment. What are the challenges and benefits you have experienced through your exposure to multiple cultures?
- Finalists will interview with members of the selection committee
Student applications will be scored according to the % shown:
- Rigorous college-preparatory curriculum (40%)
- Essays show resiliency, determination, and leadership (40%)
- Authentic and transformative extra-curricular and community service (20%)
If the awardee receives other scholarships that HRCEF deems a “full ride”, the expectation is that the awardee will not accept this scholarship so that it may be given to another qualified applicant.