2015 Scholarship Awards Announced

First Female Edges Out Men to Earn 1st Place $3,000 Scholarship

The Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation (SOW) is pleased to announce its fourth class of scholar athletes. Congratulations to 2015 winners Jessica DeHart of Hood River Valley High School, Hans Rockwell of Riverside High School, and Alex Rich of Crescent Valley High School. These champions demonstrated remarkable academic and athletic achievement, extra-curricular participation, along with community service, and will receive annually renewable scholarship awards of $3,000, $1,000 and $1,000 respectively.

Funded by the Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation, this scholarship program was enacted to give greater opportunity to Oregon student athletes to further their education and compete in wrestling at the collegiate level. This program seeks to offset the loss of collegiate wrestling opportunities for Oregon’s many talented high school wrestlers. SOW has a long-standing history of promoting the sport of collegiate wrestling, and this fund supports Oregon’s great scholar athletes who share our commitment and represent our future. This year, 14 applications were accepted from Oregon students attending public schools in Redmond, Sandy, Sweet Home, La Grande, Roseburg, Milwaukie, Forest Grove, Ontario, Boardman and Corvallis.

The Save Oregon Wrestling Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to the reinstatement of the University of Oregon Wrestling Program and the restoration of collegiate opportunity for Oregon’s great high school athletes. SOW created the Oregon Wrestling Scholarship Awards to help finance Oregon student athletes’ post-secondary education. The 2015 Oregon Wrestling Scholarship Awards finalists and award winners were selected through review and interviews conducted by the SOW scholarship committee comprised of SOW’s CEO and Co-Founder, Ronald L. Finley–who was also the 1984 U.S.A. Olympic Wrestling Coach, and is Head Coach Emeritus at the University of Oregon; and other members of SOW’s board of directors.

Class of 2015:

Jessica DeHart

Jessica DeHart, Hood River Valley HS- DeHart will be attending Southern Oregon University in the fall of 2015. A Hood River, Oregon, scholar-athlete who participated in Wrestling, Softball and Cross Country, held a 3.09 GPA. DeHart’s athletic achievements include: 4x Women’s State Wrestling Champion including National Cadet and Junior Freestyle Champion. DeHart also achieved 3rd placer at Men’s Regional her junior year. DeHart was also awarded Oregon Wrestler of the Year and is a recipient of the Tricia Saunders Award. DeHart’s community service includes 4 years volunteering on the Highway Clean- Up crew, 4 years volunteering to help coach kids, and 4 years teaching bible school classes. DeHart’s hobbies include spending time with family, coaching kids at wrestling club, and hunting and fishing.

Hans Rockwell

Hans Rockwell, Riverside HS- Rockwell will be attending Oregon State University the fall of 2015. A Boardman, Oregon scholar-athlete holding a 3.12 GPA. Rockwell’s athletic career focused primarily on wrestling. Rockwell’s accomplishments include 4x Wrestling State Champion, 4x All League Academic Excellence Award recipient, 2x OWF Wrestler of the Year Award, and was selected to help train with Women’s Senior World Team at the Olympic Training Center. Rockwell’s work experience includes 3 years at Boardman Hardware, farm hand with Ron Garber, 4 years at Boardman Chamber of Commerce and he also worked at the Boardman Health Clinic. Rockwell’s other interests include drawing, fishing and weight lifting.

Alex Rich

Alex Rich, Crescent Valley HS- Rich will be attending Oregon State University in the fall of 2015. A Corvallis, Oregon scholar-athlete holding a 3.36 GPA, Rich focused his athletic career primarily in wrestling. Rich holds awards for 4x State Wrestling Champion, 1st placer at the Reno Tournament of Champions, and 1st placer at the 2-Style Western Regionals his junior year. Rich was also awarded the Dave Schultz Award in addition to being a Rotary Award winner and MOTA 5A Wrestler of the Year his junior and senior years. Rich’s other interests include graphic art design, social media, video games as well as listening to and creating music.

Donations to this scholarship fund are being accepted online at www.SaveOregonWrestling.com.

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