George Fox University is No. 1 choice for Ford Scholars in 2013

Wall Street Journal With nine Ford Family Foundation scholarship recipients bound for George Fox University in the fall, the Newberg, Ore., school ranks No. 1 among privates in attracting students who earned the highly competitive scholarship.

Nine Ford scholarship students – seven of whom are designated as “Ford Scholars” – chose to attend George Fox as freshmen in the fall of 2013. Among other private institutions, the University of Portland will enroll six, Pacific University will welcome five, Linfield enrolled four, and Lewis & Clark, Willamette, Concordia and Northwest Christian each will enroll two.

Ford Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in his or her home state of Oregon or California and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need for college ($1,000 minimum/$25,000 maximum) each academic year.

Ford Family FoundationTwo more students who plan to attend George Fox are recipients of the Ford Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program, eligible to those who are dependents of Roseburg Forest Products Company employees. Ford Sons and Daughters winners attending four-year colleges or universities receive $5,000 annually.

Competition is high for Ford Scholars, as this year the foundation selected 120 recipients out of a pool of 4,085 applicants. “Basically when a student is chosen for this award, they can choose to go anywhere in Oregon due to the ‘90 percent of unmet need’ amount given,” said Terri Crawford, assistant director of financial aid at George Fox.

The following students will attend George Fox as Ford Scholars this fall: Mark LaCoste of Brownsville, Ore. (Central Linn High School); Morgan Hansen of Grants Pass, Ore., (Hidden Valley High School); Nora Aguirre of Madras, Ore., (Madras High School); Ruth Gaitan of Portland, Ore., (Madison High School); Kirk Sommer of Redmond, Ore., (Redmond High School); Megan Roluffs of Tigard, Ore., (Tigard High School); and Vladyslava Wilson of Tigard, Ore., (Tigard High School).

In addition, Katherine Smith and Tyler Smith, both of Roseburg, Ore., were recipients of the Ford Sons and Daughters Program.

The foundation was founded by Kenneth Ford, who built his business, Roseburg Forest Products Co., from a one-man operation in the 1930s into one of the West Coast’s largest wood products manufacturers. He established The Ford Family Foundation in 1957 after the business had experienced several decades of growth.

Ford created the scholarship program to help students who would find it difficult to obtain a college degree without financial assistance. Since 1994, the foundation’s scholarship programs have awarded students more than $124 million.