Combined funds to aid women headed to college this fall -

Milwaukie Rotary combined two funds this year to boost their help with scholarships for 2014 graduates of Milwaukie High School.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - AmmonsThis year’s two winners of $1,000 are Jackilyn Ammons and Zaira Carranza.

Ammons has maintained a 3.9 GPA while working 15 to 25 hours a week to help pay for her education and to help her financially struggling family with expenses due to medical care for her mother.

Rotarians recognized her drive and focus after she was accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Oregon, where her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric oncologist.

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED  - CarranzaCarranza passed her classes and did volunteer work in spite of having to attend seven different high schools. She thanked her parents for blessing her wish to become a nurse. Her family of migrant farm workers emphasized the value of getting an education and helped her with homework even after long days in orchards and fields.

She has been accepted into the Ganas Program at Portland State University, a yearlong mentor program designed to help Latino/Latina students transition to college.

The family of Tim DeShields created one Rotary fund after he had been the first student to go on a yearlong international student exchange from Milwaukie Rotary to Brazil in 1971, when he died along with his host father in a car accident two weeks before returning home.

Over the following years, Milwaukie Rotary has hosted more than 120 students using the fund. With permission from the DeShields family, Rotarians combined this fund with a scholarship in the name of Dr. Howard J. Anderson, a dermatologist who had practiced in Milwaukie for 30 years prior to his retirement. After he died in March 2011, the Rotary asked his wife and fellow Milwaukie Rotarian, Glenda French, about establishing a scholarship fund in his name.

Ammonds and Carranza's scholarships are renewable for three more years as long as the students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and maintain contact with the Milwaukie Rotary.

The club has raised money over the past several months to fund the project, and that amount will be matched by French, who will present a check to the club at the Odd Fellows Center, 10282 S.E. Main St., Tuesday, Aug. 12, at noon. The scholarship winners will be honored at that time.

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