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Sattler, Studnick garner Ford Foundation awards


   The Ford Family Foundation has announced this year's Ford Opportunity scholarships, and Oregon Ford Scholars, with two recipients from Madras.
   Jamasa Sattler received a Ford Opportunity Scholarship and Sierra Studnick was named a Ford Scholar.
   Opportunity scholarship
   The foundation has selected 36 students from Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., as new Ford Opportunity scholarship recipients.
   Locally, Jamasa Sattler was selected for a scholarship. This year's Ford Opportunity Scholars were chosen from 581 applicants.
   Sattler is currently attending Central Oregon Community College, majoring in business administration.
   The late Hallie Ford, who established the scholarship program in 1996, specifically wanted to help college students who face the additional responsibilities of being single parents, by providing financial assistance, counseling, and support services.
   Eligibility criteria include financial need and merit. In addition, recipients of the Ford Opportunity Program must be single heads-of-household and pursue a bachelor's degree fulltime at an accredited nonprofit college in their state of residence.
   The renewable scholarship covers up to 90 percent ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum) of each student's unmet financial need for college per academic year.
   Ford Scholars
   The Ford Family Foundation selected 100 students from Oregon as Ford Scholars, from 4,618 applicants.
   Sierra Studnick of Madras was selected as a Ford Scholar. A recent Madras High School graduate, Studnick plans to attend Pacific University to major in exercise science.
   The Ford Scholar program was established to help students who would find it difficult to obtain a college degree without financial assistance.
   Studnick's scholarship covers 90 percent of her unmet financial need for college each year, and first-year students awards average $6,910 per year.
   Hallie and Kenneth W. Ford created the Ford Family Foundation in 1957, after their business, Roseburg Forest Products Co., had experienced several decades of growth. Since 1994, the foundation's scholarship programs have awarded more than $100 million.