Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and Bandon Dunes Grant Scholarships | Bandon Western World
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Brookings-Harbor High School are pleased to announce that Nohemi Fernandez and Aaron Parkinson, the seniors of the 2021 class of Brookings-Harbor High School, are the recipients of the Jim Seeley Memorial Scholarship .
The Jim Seeley Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the longtime Executive Director of the WRCA in his role of meeting the needs of the community with leadership and financial support. Each scholarship awarded is a renewable full four-year scholarship valued at $ 80,000. Recipients of this scholarship have demonstrated exceptional character, high academic achievement, and collaboration with others throughout their high school years.
The annual scholarship is awarded to a high school student in the WRCA service area, which includes Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach, Port Orford-Langlois, Bandon, Coquille, Myrtle Point and Powers high schools. This is the second year awarded and the first time that Brookings-Harbor students have received the award.
Both students graduated on Saturday, June 5, with news of this major scholarship arriving within days of graduation via Zoom video calls with representatives from Bandon Dunes, the WRCA and the Oregon Community Foundation. during the call to announce the prize amount and share the Jim Seeley story. Aaron was notified on June 8 and Nohemi on Monday June 28.
During Nohemi’s call, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort General Manager Don Crowe explained how the Keizer family, owners of the internationally renowned resort near Bandon, wanted to honor Jim Seeley after his death in 2020 and create this fund. scholarships for students with financial needs.
Crowe praised Nohemi for his exceptional character and collaborative leadership and for taking challenging high school classes, being active in student government, football, and tutoring his peers.
âI have to admit, I didn’t expect to hear this news,â Nohemi mused after disconnecting the call. âI knew all of my hard work throughout high school would pay off eventually, however, I never imagined it would be thanks to a full scholarship and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity. This scholarship is very important to me as well as to my family. It was financial relief that turned my dreams into goals.
Nohemi plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall and major in clinical psychology in hopes of earning her MD and becoming a bilingual psychiatrist. Aaron plans to attend Oregon State University and major in engineering technology in hopes of making his mark in the automotive electric industry in the future.