2017 Sam Hearing Scholarship and VOLTA Scholarship Notice

The Sam Hearing scholarships and the VOLTA scholarship are both part of
the scholarship program provided by West Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. There will be two Sam Hearing scholarships of $1,000 and one VOLTA scholarship of $3,000 awarded to deserving graduating seniors who reside in a home served by West Oregon Electric. West Oregon seeks to invest in the lives of our local youth by awarding these scholarships to students wishing to attend a college, university, or vocational/trade school.

Applications and instruction forms are now available by clicking the hyperlinks below or by visiting our office or your school’s Scholarships Coordinator. All applications must be received by April 14, 2017. Please contact Angela Ames, WOEC’s Executive Assistant at 503-429-3021 or email angelah@westoregon.org if you have any questions.


2016 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: McKenzie Perry is from Banks High School and is planning on majoring in Nursing. Jordan Brickley is from Vernonia High School and is planning on majoring in Animal Science. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.