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Scholarships available for gender studies

Pacific University is offer-ing scholarships of up to $2,500 a year to incoming students planning to minor in Gender and Sexuality

Studies.

Awards are renewable annually for students who continue their studies and are active in the program. Admitted first-year students and transfer students who apply by March 1 are eligible. Candidates must be enrolled full-time at Pacific. There will be a required interview.

Contact Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Tania Hand at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and eligibility requirements. Applications can be found at http://bit.ly/1OqETMC.

Banks’ teacher nominated for award

Banks High School teacher Kellie Meeuwsen has been nominated for Eastern Oregon University’s Inspirational Teacher Awards.

Meeuwsen was nominated by Banks alumna Riley Bonham, a freshman at the school in La Grande.

First-year honor students at EOU have nominated 26 educators from Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada to receive awards. Students who maintained dean’s list standing during fall term were given the opportunity to nominate a teacher who influenced them on their road to higher education and academic excellence.

EOU presents the awards annually in recognition of outstanding high school teachers who encourage and represent the importance of higher education to their students.

Meeuwsen teaches art and technology classes in Banks.