The students below were selected for the Claire Hanley Scholarship awards of $ 1,500 each for the academic year 2014-2015.
• Alyssa Hatai, will be a senior next year and is studying the Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production option at OSU. Alyssa’s goal is to “be an owner of a moderate to large farm and produce various fruits.” Alyssa has worked as a supervisor at Berries Northwest where she has been employed for the last 3 years. Alyssa has a 3.08 GPA30
• Stephanie Vargas will be a senior and is studying the Ecological and Sustainable Horticultural Production option at OSU. Stephanie’s goal is to work in “Sustainable, local organic, hydroponic systems to produce crops and other plant life.” Stephanie is active in the Vegans and Vegetarians Club at OSU, serving as treasurer and event coordinator. She also works as a student support technician for the OSU Technology Support Services Department.
OSU sent 20 applications for the Claire Hanley Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Scholarship Committee found it difficult with the funding available this year to select the two recipients. There were so many worthy applicants with financial needs.
The Compton Fellowship award of $750 was given to Jimmy Klick. Jimmy is a PhD student in the entomology option of the horticulture graduate program. His research involves the management of spotted wing drosophilia (SWD) an invasive pest that infests small and stone fruits. He is testing a number of different integrated and non-pesticide based approaches to control this potentially devastating pest. His work has focused on cane berry and blueberry production. Jimmy has already presented his research results at scientific meetings and various outreach events to farmers. He also has
published some of his results. In addition, he is a member of the local chapter of the Horticultural Honor Society.
Unfortunately there were no applications for the National or Pacific Region Scholarships.
Scholarship Committee: Vivian Chelstad; Chair—Peggy Olin,
Garnet Ascher, Pamela Hawkes, Shirley Schmidt; Members