The Pacific Power Foundation Continues its Support of Concordia
Gifts support two students from NE Portland and Concordia Teacher Corps
The Pacific Power Foundation continues its impact on northeast Portland students of all ages with two new grants supporting Concordia University. By supporting scholarships for Concordia students and the Concordia Teacher Corps, The Pacific Power Foundation contributes to the success of local students. This year's Pacific Power Scholars are Hibery Ho and Vanessa Selimovic.
"Pacific Power Foundation is a remarkable partner in promoting education and serving the northeast Portland community," said Gary Withers, Concordia's executive vice president for external affairs. "We are honored to receive their support for science scholarships for Concordia Teacher Corps."
Pacific Power Foundation has granted $10,000 for two scholarships in Math, Science, and Engineering, based on merit and financial need. Preference was given to returning students who live within Pacific Power's Portland service area and those who are the first members of their families to attend college. This year's Pacific Power Scholars are Hibery Ho and Vanessa Selimovic.
ABOUT HIBERY HO
Ho, a Portland junior majoring in biology, will pursue a doctorate in dentistry, specializing in pediatric dentistry. "To devote my life to others, to share my time and knowledge with them, and to help my future patients enjoy happy and healthy lives is what I consider my calling," says Ho, who spent time this summer with the Saigon Dentist Group, an orphanage in Dong Nai province, Vietnam, where she assisted the team in providing free dental treatment to more than 60 abandoned or orphaned children. Ho is a graduate of Portland Lutheran High School.
ABOUT VANESSA SELIMOVIC
Selimovic is a junior studying chemistry, who is passionate about researching for creative solutions in alternative fuel sources. Pursuing research in clean energy, possibly nuclear energy and its outputs, Selimovic embraces the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in chemistry. Outside of the lab, Selimovic enjoys traditional Balkan dance, grounded in her cultural community.
ABOUT CONCORDIA TEACHER CORPS
Concordia Teacher Corps continues to expand, working with local schools and organizations to mentor and tutor local youth. A $5,000 grant from the Pacific Power Foundation augments growth of this program; from 554 local K-12 students served in the Fall of 2008 to 1,677 students served in 19 sites in Fall 2011. Concordia Teacher Corps is one of the University’s Student Service Corps which includes five focused volunteer Corps through which Concordia's students, faculty and staff contribute more than 240,000 hours annually, impacting more than 10,000 residents and youth.
ABOUT PACIFIC POWER FOUNDATION
The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.7 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power.
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