Your support ensures that every student who wants to earn a degree at OSU-Cascades, can. Here are a few examples.
When Ashlyn Rojas '22 was a high school student at Redmond Proficiency Academy, she made a plan. She was going to college, and to afford it she would live at home and earn as many scholarships as she could. She did it. In a few months, Ashlyn will graduate from OSU-Cascades with a bachelor’s degree in teaching and an Oregon preliminary teaching license. “College has meant everything to me, and it would not have been an option without scholarships,” she said. Read Ashlyn's story.
Fletcher Allen '22 wasn’t sure he'd ever come back from a serious car accident a few years ago. “I decided to challenge myself to see what I was capable of,” he said. First, he got strong enough to summit the Cascades’ South Sister. Now, he’s graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and starting a career at Humm Kombucha. “I feel like I’ve summited another mountain,” he said. Read Fletcher's story.
When Ryan Schwartz '22 was 17, his parents moved to Morocco to teach. They weren’t sure how long they would be there, so Ryan opted to stay in Bend and start college. He started taking business classes to earn a marketing degree to help environmental organizations. Then he realized two things – he was too much of a hippie to be in marketing – and he liked science much more than business. Read Ryan's story.
Joel Gochez '24 is from Bend and feels lucky he can stay in his hometown and go to OSU-Cascades. Psychology is his passion, and he dreams of becoming an educational psychologist one day. Instead of worrying about work and loans during his freshman year, Joel can focus on academics. “Receiving a scholarship has allowed me to enjoy my classes and learn as much as I can,” he said.
Taha Elwafati '23 wants to reshape the country’s political landscape. At Summit High School in Bend, Taha served on student government. The experience ignited his passion for public policy and human rights reform. Now at OSU-Cascades and majoring in social science, Taha is developing political and leadership skills by serving in student government. A scholarship from the Bank of the Cascades Endowed Scholarship Fund has helped Taha prioritize his education. With two brothers also at OSU-Cascades, the cost of college was already significant for his family. Learn more
Scholarships helped lighten the load for kinesiology student and U.S. Air Force veteran Jessica Hofherr '21. The awards also boosted morale. “Just being noticed was enough to get me through another grueling — and enjoyable — term of scientific literature at OSU-Cascades,” she said. After graduating this year, Jessica is off to earn a doctor of physical therapy program in Colorado. She’s pumped — and feels set up for success.
Potato peels and coffee grounds on your kitchen counter got business major Zach Heninger '20 out of bed in the morning. Zach is passionate about sustainability. So much so that when he was a student, he launched Project GreenBin, a service that partnered with local farms to turn kitchen waste into compost. It was a lot to juggle, a double major, a part-time job waiting tables, and growing and running a business. But he was committed, and a scholarship from the Cascade Seed Fund for Innovation and Entrepreneurship made a big difference. “It meant I could worry less about tuition and focus my energy on my degree and Project GreenBin.”