College—A Reality: Investing In Our Students
A vibrant community needs jobs, and to attract new jobs to Josephine County there must be an educated work force. This can be a challenge with the high cost of a post-high school education. To address this issue, JCF has established scholarship programs and coordinates this effort with local programs such as College Dreams to maximize the financial assistance necessary for a college education.
JCF provides $10,000 in scholarships annually for graduating seniors at all County high schools who participate in JCF. In addition, JCF administers a scholarship program at Hidden Valley High School for seniors in their award winning Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program which provides $12,000 or more annually.
- All senior JCF Students who will be attending a four year university, community college, or vocational school are eligible.
- Since inception, 21 students have received scholarships totaling $135,000. JCF looks forward to expanding its
Scholarship Program with new scholarships supported by additional donors.
- Internships are available each summer for JCF students or scholarship recipients. These internships provide financial aid and teach valuable business skills.
“With the financial support of a JCF scholarship, I was able to afford to attend Oregon State University and get a degree in Hospital Administration. I am pleased to get a job in my degree field at the Asante Physician Partners Outpatient Health Center in Grants Pass, so I can put my education back to work in my home community.”
Rilynn Hansen, a graduate from Hidden Valley High School, was the recipient of the 2015 JCF scholarship. She was awarded this scholarship for being a leader of several projects including the Annual Vision Clinic and Student Enrichment Program; her service to her community; and for her leadership in JCF as its President for two years. Rilynn is currently studying communications at Grand Canyon University, and was recognized for her work with JCF in the campus newsletter this Fall. Read the full article here
MaryAnn Ellis was the 2014 scholarship recipient for her service as JCF’s Vice President of Membership and her 4 year involvement in FBLA. As a JCF student officer, she was an avid and articulate spokesperson for JCF, attending and holding meetings with prospective donors, business leaders, and speaking at numerous events. She is now attending George Fox University as a Business Administration and Communications student. She hopes to obtain a career in public relations for a nonprofit.