HERMISTON – Four participants of the Columbia Basin Student Homebuilders Program received the 2015-16 one-time $3,000 scholarship by the same name: Elizabeth Herrera, Cameron Meade, John Mejia and Emily Vandehey.

The application process included a scholarship application and required two letters of recommendation, a copy of the student’s transcripts, and an essay describing how the student’s educational plans/goals and experiences in the CBSHP helped to shape and support their career aspirations.

Applicants had to be senior classmen in Hermiston, Stanfield, or Umatilla high schools; a student in good standing; an active participant in the CBSHP; and demonstrate a sincere interest in and intent to pursue a career in the building trades. These trades might include, but are not limited to, welding, sheet metal/HVAC, heavy equipment operating, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, construction managing, architecture, engineering (civil, landscape, mechanical, electrical, etc.). Recipients were selected on the basis of his/her desire and intent to pursue training and education, performance in the program during their high school tenure, and who best articulate their need through the application process.

The revolving scholarship fund was established through the generous sponsorship arrangement with the Northeast Oregon Home Builders Association. Awarded annually, generated dollars are provided to support graduating high school seniors who have actively participated in the program and express a desire to pursue post high school education in a CTE related field through a four-year, two-year, or trade school opportunity.

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