Madelyn (Maddy) Walker

Grants Pass High School
Class of 2016

University: Oregon State University Honors College
Major: Enviornmental Engineering
Scholarships received from JCEF: I received a Grants Pass School District #7 Administrator’s Scholarship, the Bearss Scholarship (renewable for 4 years) and a Parkside Elementary Scholarship. I was also awarded academic scholarships from OSU, a Criswell Scholarship, and a Zonta scholarship.

Why I chose OSU:  This school is the least expensive for me and provides the most opportunities for research. The honors program fits my desires for a small community but I still have the amenities a bigger school provides.

Major: I am studying environmental engineering.

What experiences have drawn me to this field? I love math and science and am passionate about protecting the environment. I don’t want to work in an office for the rest of my life; I want to be outside and work with my hands. Environmental Engineering is a field of study that utilizes my strengths and piques my interests.

Classes taken in high school that made an impact: I loved my AP Biology class. We talked about everything under the sun and could spend whole days on random subjects. I’ve also loved my math classes and my German classes.

What experiences have drawn me to my chosen major: When I was a Rotary exchange student in the Czech Republic, I helped one of my counselor’s fishing club with a pond draining project. We transported all of the native fish to a nearby pond and ate the invasive species. It was hard work. I came home very muddy, but I had a great dinner!

High school activities and leadership: I was involved with National Honor Society, Environmental Actions Club, German Club, Interact, and my school’s student-run newspaper, The Scroll. I loved seeing the good I could do for my community by working together with other students in service clubs. It was really rewarding.

Planned collegiate activities: At OSU I plan on joining Rotaract, the cycling club, and the rock climbing club, among others.


Madelyn Walker

Every bit of scholarship assistance helps. The scholarships I received from JCEF allow me to spend my first two years at OSU without the worry of financial insecurity. I so appreciate every single scholarship. Thank you JCEF!