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News Release

Oregon OSHA, 350 Winter Street NE Room 430, Salem, Oregon 97301-3878

For immediate release:
Sept. 10, 2013
Contact information:
Melanie Mesaros, Public Information Officer
Willamette University student honored with Workers' Memorial Scholarship
2013 recipient pursuing career in social services

(Salem) - A workplace accident can be life changing for any family, especially those with children. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) Workers’ Memorial Scholarship program provides an opportunity to help surviving family members reach their educational goals.

Oregon OSHA, a division of DCBS, will honor Marissa Parr with the 2013 Workers’ Memorial Scholarship and a $1,000 award at a 3 p.m. public ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building in Salem. Parr’s father suffered a debilitating back injury in 1991 and is wheelchair bound.

Parr hopes to earn a law degree or pursue a career in social services and is currently studying women and gender studies at Willamette University. This is Parr’s third time as a scholarship recipient.

“It’s particularly gratifying to give this award to the same recipient and watch as she continues to pursue her education and goals,” said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood.

Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA’s Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers. The 1991 Legislature established the Workers’ Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.

The Workers’ Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job.

Applicants must be a dependent or spouse of a fatally injured worker, or the dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has incurred a permanent total disability and whose claim for workers’ compensation benefits has been accepted.

Interest earned on a DCBS fund derived from Oregon OSHA civil fines and penalties funds the awards.


Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

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