In cooperation with the Gorge Community Foundation
The new Sohler Scholarship Fund, created by the family of the late George “Larry” Sohler, a beloved community leader who passed away in March, 2021, provides scholarships for seniors at Hood River Valley High School to pursue skilled vocational training. Larry Sohler had a long career in the Gorge as a heavy equipment owner/operator working with local orchardists. As his widow, Lucille (Luci) Sohler said, “Our family is pleased to offer this opportunity in Larry’s memory to Hood River Valley High School students. Larry believed that vocational training provides young people with a wide variety of career opportunities.” Larry’s own career included stints as an electrician, farmer, trucker and heavy equipment operator. He had a gift for restoring tractors and farm machinery and wanted to share these skills with young people just entering the work force.
Scholarships will be available for students starting with the class of 2022. This scholarship is intended for students planning to enter the work force after completion of a 1-2 year Certificate/Degree program.
- Applicant will enroll in a 1-2 year Technical Education Certificate/Degree program (45 credit
minimum). The program may be offered through a community college or a trade school
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Financial need
- Essay: In a brief essay, please explain what your goals are and how this scholarship will help you achieve them.
- Financial Need
- School activities, community service, or work experience