Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scholarship recipient Madison Cameron plans to attend the University of Oregon.The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego has awarded its Robert Bigelow Memorial Scholarship to a 2014 Lake Oswego High School graduate.

Scholarship recipient Madison Cameron said she is “really, really grateful, first and foremost. When I filled out the application and did the essay, I wasn’t expecting to win. It was really kind of surprising.”

Cameron plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a minor in business or entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon. She’s also interested in marketing and writing.

“I noticed from a very young age that I always leaned toward the English, language arts kind of thing at school and just sort of had a knack for talking my way in and out of stuff,” said Cameron, 18.

Since eighth grade, Cameron has volunteered with West Linn-based Happy Trails Riding Center, a nonprofit organization that employs horseback riding as a form of therapy for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. Cameron, who has been riding since she was about 3 or 4, began volunteering for Happy Trails because she saw the difference riding a horse made for her cousin, who has special needs.

Cameron, whose name regularly appeared on her high school’s honor roll, also has received the Lucien P. Arant Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarship, and she is working as a hostess at Jefe Mexican Restaurant to save money for college. She wants to join a sorority this fall, and her parents have told her she is responsible for paying for school books and sorority dues.

“I’m so excited to have been awarded (the Bigelow) scholarship,” Cameron said.

The scholarship is named for the late Robert Bigelow, who served as the president of the Rotary Club and as publisher of The Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings newspapers. The scholarship is awarded in Bigelow’s honor each year to a Lake Oswego or West Linn student who is an active contributor to the community and enrolled in U of O’s School of Journalism and Communication, said Brian Bice, the Rotary Club’s scholarship chairman.

By Jillian Daley
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