by: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Stephanie, left, and Melissa Olivera.Two Madras High School juniors, twin sisters Melissa and Stephanie Olivera, have been announced as winners of junior scholarships, the Center Foundation in Bend announced this week.

Each year, the Center Foundation joins with the community to honor outstanding Central Oregon high school juniors and seniors. Scholarships are donated by local businesses, foundations and individuals to assure that local students have help with their college goals.

To be considered for either the $1,500 Junior Scholarship, the monthly High Desert Hero award or the $5,000 William K. Worrell Scholarships, students must complete an application and essays. They must also demonstrate a 3.5 gpa or higher, outstanding leadership and community service.

The TCF scholarship program culminates in the Bank of the Cascades-presented Salute to Heroes Scholarship Awards Dinner scheduled for Thursday, May 8, from 5:30-9 p.m., at the Seventh Mountain Resort.

Local professional triathlete, Linsey Corbin will be the keynote speaker. Salute to Heroes dinner tickets and sponsorships and scholarship sponsors are available at or 541-322-2399.

Melissa Olivera’s award was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Kelly Mingus, and Stephanie Olivera’s award was sponsored by DJO Global.

Melissa and Stephanie are the daughters of Maria and Antonio Olivera of Madras. Both winners are active in their schools and in community volunteer activities. The sisters are National Honor Society members and play high school tennis and soccer. Both carry a 4.2 weighted gpa.

The 2014 William K. Worrell Scholarship winner is high school senior Marley Forest from Bend High School.

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