PENDLETON - Christopher Cox and Stacy Walker of Blue Mountain Community College have been named outstanding community college scholars.

Cox and Walker were among 36 community college students who met with Gov. Ted Kulongoski at the Capitol April 6. Afterward, the students attended an awards luncheon, where each college president introduced them and their achievements.

"I am very pleased to meet and congratulate each one of these outstanding students," said Kulongoski. "All of these students can be proud of their academic achievements as well as their dedication to their community."

The event was sponsored by the Oregon Community College Association. The honored students were nominated by their colleges and will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Cox graduated from Griswold High School in Helix and excels in mathematics and philosophy. He works at the college as a math tutor and will transfer to Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, in the fall.

Walker is a Hermiston High School graduate. She is studying to become a criminal lawyer and will transfer to Western Oregon University, Monmouth, to continue her studies.

Both are on the President's List, have received scholarships and academic honors, and work while attending college, said Karen Hill, BMCC foundation and marketing director, who accompanied the students to Salem.

"These scholars have reason to be proud of this recognition," said Andrea Henderson, executive director of the Oregon Community College Association. "They were chosen from over 350,000 community college students in Oregon."

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