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Special scholarship honors longtime Milwaukie resident


Students at Milwaukie High School who have a passion for the language arts are invited to apply for the Nancy Matich Scholarship; deadline for the application is May 1.

Matich died May 14, 2012, at age 59, and her mother, Virginia, decided she wanted to set up a special scholarship through the North Clackamas Education Foundation.

Because Matich “loved Milwaukie and was devoted to improving Milwaukie,” there are some specific requirements for the scholarship, noted Ami Margolin Rome, the executive director of the foundation.

Students must be seniors at MHS with above a B average, must have attended Rowe Junior High School and must be interested in the language arts.

“The scholarship is something special, because it is for $3,000; our traditional scholarships are usually $1,250,” Margolin Rome said.

Virginia Matich is endowing the scholarship for five years.

Students who qualify for the scholarship must fill out the full application on the NCEF website at nc-foundation.org, and click on college scholarships to find the form. Students must also write an extra essay on the importance of the language arts.

The application is due to Margolin Rome by May 1 and it may be mailed to her at P.O. Box 595, Clackamas 97015, in care of scholarships, or it may be emailed to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Matich grew up in Milwaukie, attending Ardenwald Elementary School, in addition to Rowe and MHS.

She attended Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University after high school.

Although she had been ill much of her adult life, she was active with the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association, especially with the Summer Music in the Park Program, and was a member of the New Century Players and the Milwaukie ArtMob.