(Ashland, Ore.) —Scholarship funds raised during the Southern Oregon University Foundation’s “Count Me In” campaign in October have been awarded, with 35 students receiving $2,000 each. The scholarship will again be awarded in the fall, with at least 50 students receiving $2,000 scholarships at that time as well.
The Supporting Opportunities for Undergrads—or SOU—Scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need with preference given to those who are first in their families to attend college. Of the 35 recipients, nearly 70 percent fall into that category.
“The SOU scholarship helps to offset the costs associated with attending college and earning an undergraduate degree,” said SOU Foundation Executive Director Eric Baird. “The fact that it is awarded primarily to first-generation college students helps to make higher education more accessible to Oregonians who otherwise may not have that opportunity.”
The “Count Me In Campaign” garnered contributions from more than 400 individuals during a 100 hour period in mid-October.
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