Luke Collins

Grants Pass High School
Class of 2012

University: Oregon State University
Major: Biology; Chemistry minor
Scholarships Received from JCEF: I was awarded the first Dale Boothe Memorial scholarship in 2012 when I graduated from GPHS. I received an annual award of $3,000 that is worth $12,000 over 4 years.

Experiences or people who have impacted my career choice and education direction: My father Vern has been influential in all my life decisions and motivates me to be successful in school and in my career path of becoming a nurse.

Why this major is a good fit for me: I chose biology as a major because I knew it would prepare me to help others in the medical field.

College, volunteer or work activities: I am a hospice volunteer. Being a hospice volunteer is a fulfilling and soul-warming opportunity because I am able to provide end-of-life care to individuals and their families. Helping others in this challenging time in their life is what makes me want to continue my education and career path into the medical field.

Luke Collins

I was the first recipient of the Dale Boothe Memorial Scholarship at GPHS, which is a renewable $3,000 annual scholarship worth $12,000 over four years. I graduated from Grants Pass High School in 2012 and continue working toward my Bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at Oregon State University. This scholarship has given me much needed financial support over my 4 years and a chance to focus on school without having to deal with the worries of financial struggle. I look forward to graduation this June from OSU and plan to go on to OHSU to pursue a nursing degree. I so appreciate the generosity of JCEF in awarding me this scholarship and wish to thank all of you for your confidence in me!