Three local high school seniors now have a jump-start to furthering their education, courtesy of the Columbia County Rotary Club.

Each year the Columbia County Rotary Club awards the grants to deserving students graduating in local school districts. In order to qualify, students must have demonstrated initiative, career-directed achievement and may have faced some life challenges. Following an application and interview process, the following students received an award in the amount of $1,500.00

  • Kailea Johnson, a St. Helens High School senior, plans to become a cosmetologist and will study this field at Mount Hood Community College.
  • Ryan Blackburn, a Scappoose High School senior, plans to become a firefighter and will enter a course of study at Portland Community College.
  • Isabelle Viereck, a Scappoose High School senior, plans to enter the field of make-up design and plans to attend The Art of Makeup academy in Portland.

The Columbia County Rotary Club is a service club known for its projects and relief efforts around the world. The local Rotary Club representatives said the club is proud of its service in Columbia County, especially as it relates to youth in the county.

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