Scholarship Profiles from North Valley Graduates

JCEF has been so important to me because it helped me obtain the funds I need to gain the requirements for my dream job, one I know I will love based on the practical experience I’ve had so far. The scholarships combined with my personal savings will help me complete my first year of college debt-free.  Words cannot describe how nice it is to know I will not have loans hanging over my head for the first year.
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In the beginning, I had nothing. Thanks for the $2,500 GEAR UP scholarship grant from the Oregon Community Fund that JCEF administers. With the renewable Gilmore Scholarship ($5,000 annually for 4 years), College Dreams’ IDA program and the W. Irving Baldini local scholarship, I have something that I can use to better my future. I hope to make a difference in other people’s lives through my planned career in criminal justice.
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senior picThe scholarship I received from JCEF will allow me to focus on my education without having to worry about taking out more student loans. Every little bit helps, and I am so thankful for the GEAR UP scholarship that I received! Read full testimonial…

Baylee DuncanI received the GEAR UP scholarship, which made a huge difference to me financially at the community college level especially. So far this year with that scholarship, I have been able to pay for everything out of pocket just by working a part time job. Not having the burden of loans has made it much easier to attend school. The scholarship I received from JCEF has made my dreams of finishing college much easier and every day I am able to get closer to reaching my goals. Read full testimonial…

Trinidad FloresI was awarded the Knights of Columbus and GEAR UP scholarships from JCEF and received a Men’s Soccer Scholarship from Oregon Tech.  I recommend that every senior complete a Josephine County Educational Fund local scholarship application because having the extra money helps, and getting recognized for your accomplishments is a great feeling.

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