This is a proud time of year for us at Pacific as we celebrate those children of team orange employees who are graduating from high school and are headed to college. We are especially proud of those pictured above who have participated in our scholarship program. Five years ago, we started a scholarship program for children of employees. When an employee (who had not graduated from high school himslef) approached us asking about help for his daughter who wanted to go to college, we became motivated to provide financial and planning assistance. The program has grown and we are excited to assist many of our employs who do not understand the college preparation and financial aid process to work through their questions to help their children achieve that goal.
This year two of the students in our scholarship program are graduating from college making that three graduates from our scholarship program over the years.  We also just granted two $5,000 scholarships this year and are excited to see the program continue and look forward to celebrating graduates again for many years to come.
Our graduates and recipients this year are:
•        Katie (Cintiha) Rosas, Daughter of Fernando Rosas (Parkrose Branch) – graduated this spring from PSU with a major in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration. She will be starting her career with Tozny as a Security Software Engineer.
Her older sister Mitxi, pictured above along side Katie and their father Fernando, is a previous scholarship recipient having graduated last spring from PSU with a degree in Computer Software Engineering and is currently employed with WINCO as a System Programmer.

•        Janet Silva Villanueva, Daughter of Alberto Silva (Sherwood Branch) – Janet received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Pacific University this past month. She applied for and received admission to Pacific Universities School of Pharmacy and will work on her doctoral studies after taking a year off. 

•        Gustavo Calderon Perez, Son of Adolfo Calderon (Hillsboro Branch) - Gustavo transferred to PSU this past fall due to COVID. He recently applied and got admitted into upper decision engineering classes and will be entering his Junior year and is continuing his studies in civil engineering.

•        Larisa E. Aguilar Santiago, Daughter of Mario Aguilar (Sherwood Branch) – Larissa will be going into her Senior year at PSU and is majoring in accounting at PSU. She is active beyond her studies and is the treasurer of the Hong Kong Student Association. She continues to be very active as a volunteer at St. Cecelia’s parish teaching 3rd to 5th graders religious education and leading the choir. This summer she is doing and internship with Ernest and Young and working at PSU’s Office of Finance and Administration as an accounting assistant. After graduating with her BA in Accounting from PSU, she plan to get her CPA license and attend law school..

In addition to the scholarships, we have helped our employees and their families with college preparation through getting them aligned with several programs designed to assist Latino students and their families with college preparation. These programs include:
·      AVID:
·      Adulante Mujeres:
·      Oregon 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute:
·      Latino Network:
We look forward to continuing our assistance and motivation for our employees to help their children who are interested in to set a goal to attend college and properly prepare.