Ridgeview High School senior Marta Beserra has been named one of 106 Oregon Ford Family Foundation Scholars for 2016.
According to the Ford Family Foundation, eligibility criteria include financial need and merit qualifications. In addition, Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in their home state and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need each academic year. This year’s Ford Scholars were chosen from 6,049 applicants.
Beserra plans to pursue a nursing degree. She plans to attend COCC and OSU Cascades in Bend and will transfer to Oregon Health and Science University’s School of Nursing in Portland.
“I can’t thank The Ford Family Foundation enough for allowing me and encouraging me of pursuing my goal of becoming a pediatric nurse,” stated Marta Beserra. “Not only did The Ford Family Foundation encourage me, they inspired me to become a great person in the future and to make my parents proud of my accomplishments. Thanks to The Ford Family Foundation, I’m more determined than ever before of becoming a successful person. This award means so much to me, I won’t let anyone down. Thank you Ford Family Foundation for helping to make my dreams come true.”
Beserra has been an incredibly involved student at Ridgeview High School, both academically and in extracurricular activities. Among her many interests, she shares that she enjoys helping and caring for others, baking, sports, working with children, volunteering, landscape gardening, river rafting, dancing, fishing, camping, socializing and encouraging others.
“Years ago, Marta embarked on an amazing journey,” shared John Albrecht, RVHS School Counselor. “When she hit the campus at Ridgeview in grade 9, she created an immersion program for herself. AP courses, CollegeNow courses, athletics, honors courses, working with her family and so much more. Although her academics are very strong, her growth in terms of dreams and aspirations has been super encouraging. She took full advantage of RVHS programs and connected with staff at very high level.”
For more information about Beserra’s recent award, please contact Kelly Jenkins, communications coordinator, at 541-923-8233.