The Hermiston Kiwanis Club recently announced it awarded a handful of $1,000 scholarships.
Flor Pena and Laura Wells each received a Perry Johnson Post-Secondary Education Scholarship. Both members of the Hermiston High School class of 2018, Pena has been accepted at several universities and plans to pursue a degree in nursing, and Wells will attend Whitworth University to study engineering with a minor in physics.
Russell Dorran Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Carla Medel, a 2017 HHS graduate who is currently enrolled and studying psychology at Oregon State University; Alexis Myers, who will study agricultural communication at Utah State University; and Eric Santana, who plans to enroll at the University of Portland to study accounting and business management. Both Myers and Santana are graduating from HHS this week.
The scholarships are given in memory of a pair of past Kiwanis members. Dorran was a charter member of the club, as well as the Hermiston Elks Lodge, Hermiston Development Corporation and the Blue Mountain Community College board. Johnson was a Baptist minister who supported youth services and education.
The scholarship applicants were evaluated on academic achievements, financial need, and leadership and service activities within their school and community. For more information about the Kiwanis scholarship program, write P.O. Box 375, Hermiston, OR 97838.