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For immediate release: 
August 23, 2001
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Jani Johnston, (503) 378-3272

Three students to receive Workers' Memorial Scholarships

- Three Oregon college students will receive Workers' Memorial Scholarships for the 2001-2002 school year at an awards ceremony on August 27 at 2 p.m. in the Governor's ceremonial office in the Capitol Building.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) administers annual scholarships for the education of spouses or children of permanently disabled or fatally injured workers. The Workers' Memorial Scholarship was established by the 1991 Legislature at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

On hand to help celebrate the students' achievement will be: Representative Diane Rosenbaum, House District 14; Danny Santos, education policy coordinator, Office of the Governor; and Peter De Luca, administrator, Oregon OSHA.

Photo: Award ceremony participants           Photo: The three awardee's

The scholarship recipients:

(Ashland) Patrick Oropallo
was awarded $5,000 to attend Southern Oregon University. He will be a freshman majoring in business administration. Orapallo attended Ashland High School, where he earned a varsity letter all four years as a member of the golf team. He also is a member of the Oak Knoll Golf Club. Working part-time at the club enables him to pay for his golf equipment and fees. Orpallo's most meaningful accomplishment was winning the Oak Knoll club championship. "It showed me that if you want something bad enough and put in the effort and hard work it takes, you can obtain it," Oropallo said on his application. After getting a degree in business administration and a teaching certificate, Oropallo wants to teach on the professional golf circuit and, eventually, be the head professional for a golf course.

(Sweet Home) Calvin Brown,
of Sweet Home, was awarded $5,000 and will be attending the University of Oregon to pursue a double major, business administration and Japanese. Brown lived in Tokyo, Japan, in 1999 as an exchange student. During that time, despite not having any prior Japanese language instruction, he became proficient in the language and culture. In November 1999 he placed fourth in a Japanese speech contest. His volunteer service includes delivering Thanksgiving baskets to the needy, operating the mixer board and sound equipment at a homeless benefit concert, and working at the local Boys and Girls Club. Brown's main objective in life is to pass on to his children the values and morals that his parents instilled in him.

(Portland) Sarah Baldwin
will be a fifth-year senior at Portland State University, where she is working to obtain a bachelor of science degree in psychology. She is hoping to be accepted to Willamette University School of Law in 2002. She was awarded $6,150. Baldwin took a correspondence course from Brigham Young University and graduated at 16 with a GPA of 3.7. She then attended Umpqua Community College while working as a librarian there. After graduating with an advanced associates degree, she entered Portland State University. Baldwin and her boyfriend have purchased and are remodeling a house in Portland. They plan to sell it to help finance law school tuition. Eventually, Sarah would like to practice law in Portland.