2017 Sam Hearing Scholarships Awarded 

West Oregon Electric Cooperative is proud to be able to invest in the future of a few of the outstanding students in our service territory. This year WOEC was able to give two $1,000 Sam Hearing Scholarships. The scholarship committee that is made up of WOEC members reviewed the applications and considered not only the GPA and test scores of the applicants, but also the amount of community service the students had done and their goals and motivation to succeed in life.

The West Oregon Electric Cooperative Sam Hearing Scholarships are given in the memory of Sam Hearing. Sam served on the WOEC board of directors for 35 years, and his commitment to the co-op and community are symbolized in the continuing effort of WOEC to help further the education of our youth. Sam and his wife, Alvilda, shared a strong commitment to education – Alvilda as a school teacher in Vernonia, and Sam serving as a member of the Vernonia School Board and Columbia County Education Service District. This commitment led the WOEC board of directors to establish the Sam Hearing Scholarship fund in August of 2003 when Sam retired from the WOEC board.  Sam passed away on January 15, 2004 and so the scholarships will remain to remind us of his dedication to our Cooperative and the community that he lived in and served.

The following students were chosen to receive $1,000 Sam Hearing scholarships: Autumn Sorenson is from Vernonia High School and is planning on majoring in Human Physiology. Payton Wolf is from Vernonia High School and is planning on majoring in Radiology. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.