Wallowa High School grad receives $5,000 Ford award

Sadie Isley of Wallowa was the recipient of a $5,000 college scholarship through the Ford Rural Scholarship Program. Photo by Rocky Wilson

Recent 2003 Wallowa High School graduate Sadie Isley has been awarded a $5,000 college scholarship from the Ford Rural Scholarship Program. Isley plans to attend Eastern Oregon University in La Grande this fall and study political science.

Summit Ford-Mercury of Enterprise has been participating in the rural scholarship program since 1994 and Isley is the first local winner.

"Summit Ford-Mercury is committed to supporting higher education and jobs in our community," said Manager Jeff Courtney. "This scholarship program is one way to help Wallowa County students realize their full potential."

More than 3,000 students from 11 Western states applied for the scholarship, including 465 from Oregon. Only 25 students from this state were named as scholarship recipients, all receiving $5,000. Winners were selected on scholastic achievement, local community service and career plans that support rural communities. They were judged in part by a statewide judging panel consisting of local educators, civic leaders, and business and resource organization leaders.

Isley earlier received a full tuition scholarship from EOU, $1,000 scholarships from the Elks Legacy Program and Rotary (to be applied in her sophomore year) and a number of smaller scholarships.

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