Salem, OR—They've faced the loss of loved ones and the challenges that brings. They've never given up on themselves or their educational goals. They will keep moving toward those goals with help from the State of Oregon.
Three Oregon high school graduates are recipients of the 2017 Workers' Memorial Scholarship awards, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has announced. The awards program helps family members of Oregon workers who have been fatally injured or permanently disabled to finance higher education.
Each of the recipients has different dreams and career aspirations. Each of them calls a different part of Oregon home. All of them have experienced the personal and financial shock waves that result when a parent is lost to a workplace death or permanently disabled while on the job.
The recipients are:
Dalton Lehnherr, Powers
Lehnherr graduated in 2017 from Powers High School. He plans to study web design and visual communications at Linn-Benton Community College.
His father was seriously injured in a logging truck accident. Lehnherr is receiving a $1,000 award. “It means a lot to me,” he said of the award. He'll always follow his dad's advice, he said, which is to keep trying, keep your head up, and to be as positive as you can.
Adelaine Prinz, Tigard
A 2015 graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Prinz is studying graphic design at Boise State University. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she hopes to work at a marketing company and for a nonprofit, while studying architecture.
Prinz's father died in an airplane crash while doing his job as a corporate controller. She is receiving a $1,500 award. Prinz's interest in working for a nonprofit was inspired by her volunteer work for Holt International, a Christian adoption agency based in Eugene.
Prinz said the scholarship has made room in her finances to explore other areas of her life, including giving back to others through her work for Holt. “As I navigate the last few years of college, my hopes are to engage in activities that help me in my career path and my well-being,” she said.
Ston Yackamouih, Riddle
Yackamouih is a 2017 graduate of Riddle High School. He plans to study computer engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology.
His father died in a logging accident. Yackamouih is receiving a $1,500 award. Yackamouih grew up fascinated by computers. He said he remembers his dad playing video games with him before heading to work. The father and son also took trips to a local video game store to pick out new games. His dad, Yackamouih said, would be “very proud of me” to be headed to college.
“These young people have been through so much loss and heartache,” said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. “While we can do little to address their loss, these awards do offer us an opportunity to support them as they pursue their future goals.”
Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government. Oregon OSHA presents the awards annually to help in the postsecondary education of spouses or children of permanently and totally disabled or fatally injured workers.
The 1991 Legislature established the Workers' Memorial Scholarship at the request of the Oregon AFL-CIO, with support from Associated Oregon Industries.
The Workers' Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school graduate, graduating high school senior, GED recipient, or current college undergraduate or graduate student who is a dependent or spouse of an Oregon worker who has been fatally injured or permanently disabled while on the job. For more information about the program, go to http://osha.oregon.gov/workers/Pages/workers-memor...
About Oregon OSHA:
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.osha.oregon.gov.
The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer