Left to right:  Abigail, Elley, Maria, Maya, and Olivia Not in attendance: Charlie, Spencer, and Zoey

Left to right: Abigail, Elley, Maria, Maya, and Olivia
Not in attendance: Charlie, Spencer, and Zoey

STUDENT LEADER SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

For many Friends of Outdoor School supporters, the highlight of the year arrives with the awarding of Student Leader Scholarships, $1000 gifts of support for higher education to those who earn the distinction. 

On June 7, Multnomah Education Service District and Friends of Outdoor School joined the family and friends of some of Portland’s most dynamic high school students to celebrate these teens, whose work, example, and presence at Outdoor School as volunteers has made a difference–not only to the students they mentor and lead, but also to the teachers, staff, and other adults present. 

To be considered, Student Leaders submit an application which includes an essay indicating how they intend to apply their experience as a student leader to their future plans. Students outline how their experiences in the role shaped their goals and how they will use the knowledge and skills they gained in future endeavors. Scholarship winners this year:

  • Spencer “Quasar” deVries (Grant High School) 
  • Zoey “Rainier” Estep Shaw (Grant High School)
  • Maria “Basil” Gray (St. Mary’s Academy)
  • Abigail “Jay (Bluejay)” Kindall (Benson High School)
  • Elley “Opal” Knowles (Sandy High School) 
  • Olivia “Tortoise”  Nomura (La Salle Catholic College Preparatory)
  • Charlie “Quote” Prince (Corbett High School)
  • Maya “Vega” Webb (Central Catholic High School)

Named scholarships are matched to personalities, goals, and accomplishments of the finalists.

Congratulations, scholarship winners! Thank you for your significant contributions to Outdoor School. We wish you the best of luck in your future studies.

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED:
Outdoor School Staff Scholarship: Awarded to a finalist who has participated in ODS and Oregon Trail programs at a variety of different sites. This year’s winner: MAYA

Friends of Outdoor School Scholarship: Awarded to a finalist whose current accomplishments and/or future goals align with those of Friends—bringing the experience of outdoor education to all students. This year’s winner: OLIVIA

Heather “Woodstock” Schoeck Memorial Scholarship: In honor of a beloved staff member who passed away. Heather was a free spirit who brought joy and music with her to ODS. Awarded to a finalist who possesses these same qualities. This year’s winner: ELLEY

Margaret “Lorax” Eng Honorary Scholarship: In honor of the former Supervisor Consultant of the ODS program. Lorax developed curriculum and particularly loved the science and teaching parts of Outdoor School. Awarded to a finalist who possesses these same qualities. This year’s winner: SPENCER

Dan “Teal” Prince Honorary Scholarship: In honor of the former Coordinator of the ODS program. Informally called the “Heart of Gold” scholarship, this scholarship is awarded to a finalist who embodies the nurturing community aspects of Outdoor School. This year’s winner: ZOEY