Six local high school students served by the Rogue Community College TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program recently received major scholarships to attend a college or university.
Carolina Regalado, an Eagle Point High School senior, was named a Gates Millennium Scholar, while recipients of the Ford Scholar Award are EPHS students Jaycee Elliott and Angel De La Torre; South Medford High School students Christopher Modrich and Janny Tan; and Rosie Bazan of Phoenix High School.
About 5,000 students in Oregon and Siskiyou County applied for this year’s Ford Scholar awards; 100 received a scholarship. The Roseburg-based, private non-profit Ford Family Foundation gives the awards.
More than 24,000 students nationwide applied through the Gates program, which selects 1,000 students each year to receive a good-through-graduation college scholarship. The average award is $11,593. Established in 1999, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
All six local scholarships recipients participated in the federally funded TRiO ETS program, which is operated locally by RCC. The program provides college-access services to low-income high school students in Jackson County who will be the first in their family to earn a college degree, according to Liz Fletcher, a TRiO transition specialist.
TRiO ETS serves students at White Mountain, McLoughlin, and Talent middle schools, as well as Eagle Point, South Medford, Central Medford and Phoenix high schools.
“We get to work with some pretty incredible kids,” Fletcher said. “We help them with financial aid applications, scholarship applications, college admissions applications, and anything else related to the post-secondary process,” she explained.
“We also try to relieve the financial burden on these students and their families by providing fee waivers for ACT and SAT tests, taking them on field trips to college campuses, and paying college application fees,” Fletcher added