Brenda Hayes

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.

About Brenda

North Valley High School, Class of 2016
College: Western Oregon University
Why I chose WOU: I chose the school due to its close proximity to the Oregon Police Academy, and because WOU has the best criminal justice program in the state.
Major: I plan to study criminal justice and forensic psychology.
What has drawn me to this field of study: I’ve been interested in this field of work my entire life. I’d like to serve the public by becoming a police detective or FBI field agent.
Classes taken in high school or experiences that made an impact and put me on this career path: My high school psychology class and self-defense class helped pique my interest in this field.
High school activities and interests: I’m not one for sports or clubs, but my school was unique in that it had a Martial Arts class that I participated in for the last three years of high school.
Planned college activities: I plan on continuing martial arts throughout college and staying active physically.
Scholarships I received: I received the JCEF administered GEAR UP scholarship, the Gilmore scholarship (both of these are renewable for 4 years), College Dreams’ IDA and the W. Irving Baldini scholarship. I am so grateful for the financial help from all of these donors!