The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Westside Professional & Business Associates, Center Street Gold & Silver, Pride Disposal and roughly 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. Applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/ or work activities, letters of recommendation, and scholastic achievement.
Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:
- Ashley Sample, Tigard High School
- Brendon Tran, Tigard High School
- Charles Peters, Tigard High School
- Ellie Emery, Tigard High School
- Madison Westfall, Tigard High School
Ashely Sample is a heavily involved student at Tigard High School. Through her high school career, she has been a member of the varsity volleyball team, varsity track team, National Honors Society, HOSA, Tigard High School Service Club, Young Life as a student leader and the International Club Committee. She has also been a Red Cross volunteer, high school representative and intern. She also worked at the Bonaventure of Tigard.
One of Ashley’s teachers said, “Ashley has done an extraordinary amount of good in her community, shows a maturity and concern for others that is well above her peers, and thrives academically.”
Ashley plans to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing and become a travel nurse while going to school to get her masters. Her career goal is to become a nurse practitioner that is specialized in geriatrics.
Brendon Tran is a Senior at Tigard High School. He has been the Vice President of the Asian Union Club and a youth leader for the Vietnamese community. He has also been a member of the basketball, tennis, and volunteer clubs. From September to present, he has been a tutor as well.
One of Brendon’s club leaders said, “Brendon has shown a very passionate and kind attitude towards everyone, never hesitating to try and make someone’s day better.”
Brendon plans to go to Oregon State University to get a degree in finance. He would like to go into a career in investing or stock trading.
Charles Peters is a Senior at Tigard High School. He has been a member of the baseball team for the last 4 years. He also played on the high school soccer team for two years. For work, he has been working part time at Landmark Ford as a Parts Picker. He also helps his neighbors and family with yard work and pet sitting.
One of Charles’s teachers said, “He is responsible, respectful, communicates very well, is trustworthy and is an extremely hard worker that goes beyond what is asked.”
Charles has been very passionate about the automotive industry since a young age. He also has family members within the industry. He plans to get a degree in Automotive Technology. He will be going to Lane Community College in the Fall and will also be playing baseball for them as a Center Fielder. His ultimate goal is to work on cars and trucks for his career.
Ellie Emery is a very active Senior at Tigard High School. She is the President of the Sparrow Club, Secretary of Tigard Service Club, a member of the National Honors Society, and member of the Black Student Union. She is also on the varsity Cross Country and Softball teams. With all those extracurricular activities, she has also worked at Rocking Horse Learning Center as an Assistant Teacher, Tiny Tigers Daycare helper, and was an intern at the Good Neighbor Center.
Ellie’s boss said “Ellie has proven time and again her value as a co-worker and team player. She has become a very integral part of our school family.”
Ellie’s career goal is to be an elementary school teacher and have an equitable classroom. She is passionate about inspiring kids and wants to impact the future generations in the best way possible.
Madison Westfall is also a Senior at Tigard High School. She has been involved in dance since she was two years old. She also works for a dance competition called Celebrity. She works weekends checking in all the dances, registering dancers, and selling the company clothing. She worked as a nanny for a family by assisting with remote learning during the pandemic.
One of Madison’s teachers said, “she is an intelligent, hard-working, equity minded, and most of all, she is kind.”
Madison plans to major in business management working towards becoming an event planner.
Our congratulation again to all five recipients. The scholarships will formally be given out at the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards on Friday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square.