Student applies to college, earns $56,000 scholarship

Umatilla High School senior Samantha Galbraith has been offered a $56,000 scholarship from the University of Portland.

When Umatilla High School senior Samantha Galbraith submitted an early-admission application to a college in Portland, she never expected to be offered a $56,000 scholarship.

“I was shocked,” Galbraith said. “I applied to the University of Portland, because I wanted experience on how to apply, and then I got an e-mail saying I?had received the scholarship. I’m still looking because University of Portland wasn’t really one of my top picks at the beginning of the year.”

Galbraith was offered the private university’s Arthur Schulte Scholarship, which provides $14,000 for each of four years, but the aspiring accountant said she is still keeping her options open and trying to determine what school will suit her needs best.

“I’ve been really looking at the University of Oregon, because they have the best business program in the state,” she said, adding she plans to major in accounting and minor in business administration. “Every business out there needs an accountant.”

The three-sport athlete — Galbraith competes in volleyball, basketball and track — said when she isn’t in school or on the field, she enjoys being a part of the school’s Knowledge Bowl team and spending time at home and with her family. She said she is looking forward to going to college and will continue to apply for scholarships and schools to narrow down her search. So far, Galbraith has applied for more than 20 scholarships this year.

“I’m going to keep applying for every single scholarship I can,” she said. “ A few essays is worth the time and money.”

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