TILLAMOOK — In the 15th year of its Excellence in Leadership scholarship program, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) awarded $2,000 scholarships to each of eight exceptional Oregon students. Local recipients included two 2017 Heppner High School graduates and a continuing college student from Hermiston.

Kolby Currin is the son of Stephen and Lisanne Currin of Heppner. Kevin Murray is the son of John and Ann Murray of Heppner. Both Kolby and Kevin will attend Blue Mountain Community College in the fall.

Manuel Santos is the son of Felipe and Ines Santos of Hermiston. He is a 2013 graduate of Hermiston High School and will attend Brigham Young University. Manuel received TCCA’s scholarship designated for an employee or child of a TCCA employee.

TCCA’s scholarship program was established in 2003 by the Association’s board of directors. The program created three scholarships to be awarded to graduating Tillamook County high school seniors. In 2005, two additional scholarships were added: one for a graduating high school senior in Morrow County, the location of Tillamook’s second cheesemaking plant; and one for a continuing college student who is from Tillamook County. Since then, additional scholarships have been added to the program, and a total of $160,000 has been awarded to 80 students, helping them achieve their educational goals and encouraging them to be leaders in their community.

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