Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Award:  One educational scholarship of $1,000 (award size may need to be adjusted based on the availability of earnings distributed).

Background: 

The Kaela Reser Memorial Scholarship has been established in honor of Kaela Reser by her parents, Olin and Mary Reser, and her brother, Bob Reser.  Kaela was an avid 4-H Member and active youth in the Condon and surrounding communities.  Through an endowment fund established with the Oregon 4-H Foundation, this scholarship is offered as a tribute to Kaela’s contributions and interests in the 4-H youth of Gilliam County and is meant to encourage 4-H Members to pursue any field of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school.

Kaela’s greatest interests were her horses and cattle.  In her 4-H career, she participated in sewing, leathercraft, art, sheep, horse and steer projects.  Kaela was very active in the Gilliam County Fair where she  could always be found at 5 a.m. in one of the three barns taking care of her animals, cleaning her multiple stalls in each barn, or in the arena showing her animals.  She believed the philosophy of the 4-H program made a significant contribution in building character, leadership and citizenship.

General Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a senior in high school and plan to attend a community college, vocational-technical school or a four-year college or university that will lead to a college degree or license.
  • Applicant must be a 4-H Member enrolled during the current year in a 4-H project or activity and have completed a minimum of five years of 4-H including the current year, does not need to be consecutive. The applicant must be a resident of Gilliam County for at least three out of the five years.
  • There is no financial need requirement.

 Specific Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a 4-H Member in Gilliam County.

 Application Requirements:

  1. Fair Participation – calculated by the 4-H Office and scholarship committee from the members’ 4-H Record Book, based on the number of projects entered in fair and the number of blue ribbons received in his/her 4-H career.
  2. 4-H Resume – completed up to the last year’s fair.
  3. A short essay highlighting the member’s 4-H and non-4-H achievements over the years as well as describing how the scholarship would be used, including future plans (i.e. degree/license/certification, what his/her goals are, etc.).
  4. Two letters of recommendation completed by adults other than parents. One of the two letters of recommendation must be 4-H related. Possible contacts include: 4-H Leader, teacher, Extension Agent, minister, employer or neighbor.

Selection of Nominees:  It is the responsibility of the Gilliam County 4-H Association and the Gilliam County Extension Office to select finalists for this scholarship. The winner will be determined based on points received on all of the application requirements.

Payment of Scholarship:

The scholarship award will be distributed directly to the student’s college account during the first term.  If student is studying overseas, other arrangements can be made.

Deadline:

The application materials (copy of 4-H Resume, essay, and two letters of recommendation) must be submitted to the 4-H Office by Monday, May 1st at 5:00 pm. Materials received after this date and time will not be accepted. The winner will be notified and announced in June.

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