The Tigard Chamber of Commerce (TCC) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship made possible by a generous donation from Pride Disposal, Metro West Ambulance 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, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation. Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:
- Rachelle Diaz-Boyas, Tigard High School
- Jennifer Hernandez-Botello, Tigard High School
- Enrique Marshall, Tualatin High School
- Sydney Oleson, Tualatin High School
Rachelle Diaz-Boyas has participated in her church’s choir for the last 5 years. She also volunteers at summer camps each summer and plays soccer for the club and school. For work, she coaches junior league soccer and teaches Spanish to kids. While doing so, she has maintained a 3.2/ 3.4 weighted GPA. Teachers describe her as kind, compassionate and tenacious.
Rachelle plans to go to a four year college and major in business with a minor in psychology. She would like to have a career where she can work in mental health and financial accounting. She will be the first generation in her family to attend college!
Jennifer Hernandez-Botello is an officer for the Mecha club. She assists in planning meetings, volunteers in the community and performs cultural dances at assemblies. She is also a peer tutor and has spent 450 hour helping students with disabilities in their classes and in the community. Her jobs have included working at West Hill Health & Rehab, and most recently Starbucks. While doing so she has maintained a 3.6/ 3.8 weighted GPA. Teachers and employers describe her as motivated and intuitive with a great work ethic.
Jennifer’s ultimate goal is to open her own café shop. She is so passionate about this goal that she got a job at Starbucks to get relevant experience! After high school, she will be going to college to study business and then work to open her own business.
Enrique Marshall is part of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Tualatin High School Advanced Business Procedures, Varsity Tennis Team, the high school’s newspaper, National Art Honors Society, Film Club, Homework Club, and the National Honor Society. All while working at Nordstrom and maintaining a 3.98/ 4.2 weighted GPA.
Teachers and counselors describe him as a natural leader, extremely creative, compassionate and inquisitive and highly collaborative. Enrique plans to go to college in New York, NY at the Fashion Institute of Technology to major in fashion design and minor in Spanish and color studies.
Sydney Oleson is on the varsity track team. She is also in Key Club, Amnesty International Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Concert Choir and on the Concert Planning Committee. She has been a Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator executing a flawless blood drive at Tualatin High and Summer Youth Corps member. While doing so, she has maintained a 3.46/ 3.48 weighted GPA.
Teachers and the Red Cross describe her as self-starter, an excellent communicator with a passion to help others. Sydney plans to attend a four-year university and receive a degree in medicine. This would allow her to serve the people who need health care the most. She plans to work overseas with Doctors Without Borders as a Radiologist working in humanitarian aid.
Our congratulation again to all four recipients. These scholarships will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2019 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala. The event will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Embassy Suites – Washington Square, our event location host. With a theme of travel, this elegant themed event includes a silent auction, dinner, dessert dash, awards and more. Tickets are $60 per person. Get ready to travel the world and join us to celebrate Tigard!
For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at Jessica@tigardchamber.org, or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.