Willamette Academy celebrates 18 graduates

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz JD’75 will be the speaker at this year’s Willamette Academy graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

The Willamette and Salem communities are invited to attend to honor 18 academy students who are graduating high school. All are slated to go on to college in the fall at several schools, including Western Oregon University, Oregon State University, Broadview University, Chemeketa Community College, University of Oregon and Portland State University.

The students have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships, including one who received the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship, a highly competitive award that covers 90% of the cost of attendance for four years. Two students also were named finalists for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Other scholarships won by the students include Western Oregon University's Diversity Scholarship Program, RSVP Scholarship, Cesar Chavez Leadership, Kelsey Oldham Scholarship Fund, NAACP Freedom Fund, Goodenough Scholarship, Nellie Thompson - Dorothy Patch Scholarship and Oregon Northwest Black Pioneers.

Willamette Academy is a supplemental education college-access program that helps underrepresented students become first in their families to go to college. The academy serves local students from their eighth-grade year until they graduate high school.