Seven local students were among 30 from Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif., to receive Ford Restart Scholarships from the Ford Family Foundation.

The Ford Restart Program, in its fourth year, was established to support non-traditional adult students of all ages pursuing a certificate or two- or four-year degree at an accredited school.

Recipients receive up to 90 percent of their unmet financial need for college. In addition to the financial need, recipients must have a history of working responsibly on the job or in the family and show involvement in their community. Applicants must also demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to think clearly about personal goals.

The following local students received scholarships:

Charlene Baker of Boardman was an educational assistant at Columbia Middle School in Irrigon last year. She's now studying education and teaching at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

Candace Osgood, a Hermiston High School graduate, is now a nursing student at Blue Mountain Community College.

Jeff Guenther, a 1997 graduate of Pendleton High School, is a mechanical engineering student at Portland Community College.

Brandon Zavala of Adams was a 2004 graduate of Pendleton High School, and is now studying computer technology at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Esmeralda Balcazar, from Irrigon, is a 2004 graduate of Riverside High School, and is now studying business and commerce at the University of Portland.

Paul Ainsworth is a 2004 graduate of Pendleton High School who is now studying computer science at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.

Tegan Carter, who is a 2002 graduate of Pendleton High School, is a pre-medical student at Portland State University.

The scholarship program was created by Kenneth W. Ford, founder of Roseburg Forest Products Company. Other Ford scholarships include the Ford Opportunity Scholarship Program, the Ford Scholars Program, the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Program for sons and daughters of employees of the Roseburg Forest Products Company, and the Ford JumpStart Scholarship Program.

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