The East Metro Association of Realtors Foundation has awarded $14,000 in scholarships to eight local high school seniors.
The awards were presented during a lunch event Wednesday, May 17, at Mojave Grill & Cantina, 77 N.E. Fourth Ave., in downtown Gresham.
"We were looking for essential qualities that you can't see on a piece of paper," said Jean Ice, a member of the EMAR scholarship interview team. "These students really impressed us."
The EMAR Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 since beginning its scholarship program. The foundation makes its selections based on scholastic achievement and community involvement.
Most of the money for the scholarships is raised during the foundation's Scramble "fore" Scholarships charity golf tournament, which is scheduled for Aug. 4 at the Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City.
The 2017 EMAR Foundation Scholarship recipients are:
• Aye Chan May, 18, a Centennial High School senior, who received $2,000. May intends on study at Oregon State University and hopes to become a dentist.
• Grant Greenburg, 18, a Barlow High School senior, who received $2,000. Greenburg will enroll at Mt. Hood Community College in the fall, with an intention of transferring to OSU, where he hopes to major in zoology.
• Michael Callaway, 18, a Sandy High School senior, who received $2,000. Callaway will enroll at California Baptist University, where he plans to study industrial engineering.
• Madison Scully, 18, a Centennial senior, received $1,500. She plans to enroll at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to major in culture and politics.
• Kelsey Menolascina, 18, a Barlow senior, received $1,500. She plans to enroll at Washington State University-Pullman, where she will study business management.
• Ryan McAra, 18, a Sandy senior, received $1,500. He plans to study chemical and environmental engineering at OSU.
The EMAR Family Scholarship recipients are:
• Tyler Kruckman, 18, a Gresham High School senior, received $2,000. Kruckman plans to pursue a career in dentistry, and will study at the University of Oregon.
• Katelin Booth, 18, a Barlow senior, received $1,500. She will enroll at California Baptist University, where she will study graphic design.
(The Family Scholarships are awarded to a child or grandchild of a member of the East Metro Association of Realtors.)