Private Scholarships

Below is a list of our current private scholarships and sponsors. Information includes the first year the scholarship was offered, the typical number of scholarships awarded each year, the average amount per scholarship, the reason behind the scholarship and student eligibility information. 

Many of these scholarships are offered in honor or memory of friends and family. 

* Scholarship amounts listed may change at any time.  

Bill & Jan Reed Memorial Scholarship

Reed Family

Donor Since:

2011

Description: 

This scholarship was established in memory of Bill and Jan Reed who died in a plane crash in 2005. The Reeds were driving forces in the Sisters schools and were involved in the community in a variety of ways. Bill served on the Sisters School Board for a number of years and Jan was active in the reading program, SMART. While Bill was recognized as a “student-athlete,” the family wishes to make this scholarship available to a wide-range of students.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university who demonstrates financial need. Applicants are required to submit one recommendation from a teacher.

Bob Gould Scholarship

Bob Gould

Donor Since:

2021

Description: 

The Bob Gould Scholarship is intended for a hard working, ambitious person who does well academically and is desirous of pursuing higher education (trade, technical, or two- or four-year institution) and who has or has had an interest both in equine and aviation.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical or vocational school, public two- or four-year college or university or private institution who has past and current experience in both equine and aviation.

Claire Kanzig Memorial Cross Country Scholarship

Shawna Palanuk

Donor Since:

2021

Description: 

Claire Kanzig was a vibrant woman who, from a young age, left an impact on the Sisters community, and especially Sister's schools. Though she suffered from a debilitating autoimmune disease, her positive outlook, vibrancy, determination, and grit masked it from most people. Claire joined the cross country team, and because of her magnetic personality, drew many kids in to join her in the sport. Sisters high school cross country has as long tradition of positively impacting the lives of those involved in the sport. This scholarship will be awarded to one boy and one girl whose life has been impacted by being a member of the cross country team.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical or vocational school, public two- or four-year college or university or private university. Recipients must have have competed in at least one full season of cross country at Sisters High School.

Dominic Fouts Scholar-Athlete Award

Fouts Family

Donor Since:

2014

Description: 

This scholarship is awarded to two students, a male and female; $2,500 each. Scholarships will be awarded to SHS graduating seniors who have achieved a high level of both academic and athletic accomplishment.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university full-time. Recipients must continue enrollment for the full academic year. Applicants may attend a community college and transfer to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA. Athletes must have a high level of accomplishment in one or more sports: for example, earning league, conference or state honors. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations: one from a teacher or school administrator and one from a coach.

Frank Dale Memorial Scholarship

Dale Family

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

This scholarship is offered in the memory of Sisters High student Frank Dale. It is intended to assist a current Sisters High School student seeking to further their formal education beyond high school. The selection process will give preference to applicants based on need with special consideration for those planning to attend a community college during their first year. Frank Dale died in a snowboarding accident in December 1999. He was 17 years old and finishing his senior year. At the time of his accident, he was taking classes at COCC and exploring opportunities for music and art schools. His passions were snowboarding, fishing, backpacking, and traveling. Frank had a gift for making people laugh, and he loved his family, friends, and teachers at SHS.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited two-year college or university who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to students attending a community college.

George Shackelford Memorial Scholarship

Joanne Shackelford

Donor Since:

2018

Description: 

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who participated in the Outlaw Football program. Special consideration will be given to players that will be playing football in a college program and to players in the linemen positions.

Jeremy Moyer Memorial Wrestler Scholarship

Family and Friends of Jeremy Moyer

Donor Since:

2016

Description: 

This scholarship is to honor the memory of Jeremy Moyer, who was an outstanding Sisters High School athlete and wrestling champion. He was committed to the Sisters’ community and went out of his way to give back, both as a coach and a mentor. The donors wish to support students who display the attributes of a true athlete and team player in their future academic endeavors.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who has competed in SHS Wrestling as a Senior.

Jim Anderson Scholarship

Karen Lord

Donor Since:

2021

Description: 

This scholarship honors Sisters naturalist Jim Anderson for his many years working to educate and inspire our community to appreciate the natural environment surrounding us.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college who has maintained a 3.0 GPA, demonstrates financial need, and will be pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Earth Science, or a related major. Applicants are required to submit one recommendation, from a teacher or community member.

Karen Hensley Service Scholarship

Weitzman Family

Donor Since:

2020

Description: 

This scholarship is intended to recognize a student who has a passion for giving back to the community and helping others like the person for whom this scholarship is named.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who is heavily involved in community service and volunteer activities.

KLM Scholarship

Jack and Liz Weeks

Donor Since:

2016

Description: 

As retired educators who value post-high school education or training, these donors had the good fortune to financially support and mentor an individual who had lacked resources for continued education. This couple feels that their efforts positively helped to change a life. Their lives were also enriched through the process compelling them to offer this annual scholarship opportunity to deserving graduates.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, or two-year college who demonstrates financial need. Applicants are required to submit one recommendation from a teacher.

Lauren A. Shultz-Berray Memorial Scholarship

Shultz Family

Donor Since:

2020

Description: 

Lauren was a friend who was taken from this world way too soon. It is the hope that this scholarship inspires those who receive it to be kind, selfless, and live life to fullest, which are all things Lauren did.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend a two year or four year college pursuing a degree in education, social work, or child development, has a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrates community involvement.

Les and Lori Cooper Scholarship Fund

Les and Lori Cooper (this scholarship has been offered in prior years through OSAC) 

Donor Since:

2021

Description: 

This scholarship is for graduates of Sisters High School or residents of Sisters to pursue post-secondary education to students with financial need and who might be overlooked for other financial assistance.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical or vocational school, public two- or four-year college or university or private university. Recipients must display financial need and have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to six years as long as the recipient remains enrolled at least half-time (six credits) and maintains a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Michael B. Ilg Character Scholarship

Michael B. Ilg

Donor Since:

2009

Description: 

This donor is reaping the rewards of hard work and personal initiative and, through this scholarship, intends to give back to the community by offering financial assistance, encouragement, and recognition to SHS students who, like himself, overcame early-life challenges on the road to success.

Eligibility: 

Nomination required. SHS staff will notify students who are eligible to apply for this scholarship. A graduating senior planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university who has been nominated by a faculty member. Nominees must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA and must display character at a core level.

Outlaw STEM Scholarship

Lewis Rothrock, Tim Ross, Rod Hjelmstad

Donor Since:

2016

Description: 

The Intel Retirees of Sisters started this scholarship in 2017, going forward they are expanding the scholarship to include all technology partners. This Outlaw STEM scholarship will be provided to Sisters High School students who are interested in finding a career path that includes science, technology, engineering, or math. The most important aspect of this scholarship is the applicant’s demonstrated passion and involvement in their community and school through academics, athletics, employment, and/or extracurricular activities.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend any accredited two- or four-year college or university with an academic emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations, from either a teacher, coach, or employer.

Ruth Golden Ingham Scholarship

Claudia Ingham,  Lee Ingham, and Linda Ingham Rummel

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

This scholarship is to honor the legacy of our inspirational and generous mother, who wanted art in all its many forms to be part of everyone’s life, and to encourage a student’s furthering education in the arts. These areas may include studio, apparel, visual, design, architecture, performing and other genres which are part of a broader education experience. It is targeted at an individual who has completed two or more semesters of art and/or has been involved in arts in the community.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university pursuing an education in art and design who has maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations, from an employer, community member, clergy, or teacher as well as a portfolio.

Shirley J. von Kalinowski Memorial Scholarship

Shirley von Kalinowski

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

Shirley von Kalinowski grew up during the Great Depression. She witnessed firsthand how the lack of financial support altered her and her sister’s opportunities to attend college. After Shirley’s own children were grown, she successfully returned to college and completed her education. Now, more than 70 years later, she wants to help Sisters High School graduates fulfil their own post-high school education goals.

 

Shirley feels that the greatest challenge in continuing one’s education after high school is not being accepted into an educational institution but being able to pay for it. This scholarship aims to help fund those that are determined to pursue a high level of education yet without outside funding it may not be possible. The goal is to support ambitious students who have a critical financial need in order to pursue a college education.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited non-religious* trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrates financial need. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations from any two of the following: a teacher, a coach, an employer, or a community member. 

Sisters Environmental/Sustainability Careers Scholarship

Joe Bachtold, Gwen Hanson, and Martha Lussenhop

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

The goal of this scholarship is to encourage and support students interested in careers that advocate for or study our natural environment and human interactions within it. Careers or fields of study supported by this scholarship include environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental public policy, ecology, climate science, sustainability studies, sustainable agriculture, vocational training in clean energy technologies, stewardship of public lands, and natural resource management.

 

This scholarship was inspired by people in our family who were dedicated to the health, sustainability and wonder of our planet and the natural world. They include Professor John Lussenhop who spent his life and career at the University of Illinois researching soil ecology and passing this knowledge onto the next generation; and Dr. Larry Hanson, professor of geology and earth sciences who challenged students to think holistically about the world and it’s interconnectedness.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who plans to pursue an education in broad areas of environmental science, clean energy technologies, or natural resources. Applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA within the last two (2) years. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations.

Stewart & Verle Weitzman Scholarship

Stewart and Verle Weitzman

Donor Since:

2010

Description: 

The scholarship is awarded to two students, $12,500 each, in scholarships disbursed over four years of college as follows: $2,000 year one, $2,500 year two, $3,000 year three, and $5,000 year four. Scholarships will be awarded to SHS graduating seniors demonstrating motivation, commitment, and involvement in themselves and their community.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university who has maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Applicants must have completed six semesters of the following prior to graduating high school: AP classes, college-level classes (Math 111/112, Writing 121, etc.), Chemistry, or Physics. If planning to attend a community college or other two-year school, the applicant must plan to transfer for completion of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations, from a teacher and a community member.

Taylor Family Scholarship

Jeff and Tammy Taylor Family

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

The Taylor Family would like to create a scholarship to assist under-served students with a particular interest in vocational and/or technical continuing education.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, or two-year college who has maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrates financial need. Applicants are required to submit one recommendation from an employer or a non-relative familiar with the applicant’s work history.

The Myers Family Scholarship

John and Melissa Myers Family

Donor Since:

2021

Description: 

This scholarship is for a student attending an Oregon public university or a university under the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited public two- or four-year college or university in Oregon or another state in the Westers Undergraduate Exchange Program. Recipients must have have a GPA of 2.8 or above.

Todd Sampson Memorial Aviation Scholarship

Dale Elder

Donor Since:

2011

Description: 

This scholarship was started to honor Todd Sampson with hope of keeping his dream alive while helping other aviation-career-oriented individuals pursue their passion – aviators becoming professional pilots.

Eligibility: 

This scholarship is offered to SHS Seniors enrolled in the SHS Flight Science Class, seeking a student pilot certificate with intentions of becoming a professional pilot. A letter of recommendation is required from the SHS Flight Science Instructor. Funds can be used for flight instruction while pursuing a Student Pilot Certificate or Private Pilot license. Note: This scholarship is also available to SHS graduates/alumni provided they are enrolled in an aviation program at an accredited college with intentions of becoming a professional pilot. Minimum of 12-credit-hours is required.

TR McCrystal Culinary Arts Scholarship

Robert and Elizabeth Lende

Donor Since:

2018

Description: 

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management Program. Students must be invited to apply by TR McCrystal. Applicants must have maintained a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and provide a work history. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations, one from an employer and one from a community member or school employee.

Veterans Appreciation Scholarship

Veterans Appreciation Scholarship Donors

Donor Since:

2010

Description: 

This annual scholarship was created to encourage students to appreciate the contributions and sacrifices that veterans have given to our country

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who have maintained under a 3.5 GPA.

Wayne & Irene Hensley Memorial Scholarship

Hensley Family

Donor Since:

2012

Description: 

Wayne and Irene Hensley worked tirelessly to raise their family on their small Oregon farm. Neither had the privilege of acquiring high education, but they understood its importance and provided their three children with such. After retiring, Wayne proudly obtained his Associates Degree in Theology from Concordia University at the age of 67. Wayne and Irene lived their later years in the Tumalo area and were supporters of Sisters High School, often attending the home football and basketball games. Their family would like to honor Wayne and Irene through the support of higher education for SHS graduates.

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must be pursuing a degree in Christian Theology, Fine Arts, or Performing Arts.

Willitts Scholarship

Willitts Family

Donor Since:

2017

Description: 

Eligibility: 

Any graduating senior planning to attend an accredited trade, technical/vocational school, two- or four-year college or university who demonstrates financial need and has a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5. Athletic participation, community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership skills are all considered. Applicants are required to submit two recommendations, one from a school faculty member and one from a community member.