Today at their regular board meeting, the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded scholarships to two Clackamas County students. Jessica Budge and Kalia Bistolas were the deserving recipients of $1,000 scholarships toward the continuation of their college education.
Jessica Budge is a Clackamas County resident attending Oregon State University where she is studying agricultural science with a minor in speech communication. Jessica attended Sherwood High School where she was active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization. She continues that affiliation at the collegiate FFA level. In 2011, Jessica was selected Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador. In this capacity, she traveled across Oregon promoting the dairy industry. A busy schedule did not interfere with this young woman’s academic studies as evidenced by her spot on the Dean’s list and holding a 3.81 grade point average.
Kalia Bistolas attended Wilsonville High School before choosing Occidental College in California to study biology with an environmental focus. Kalia also has a long list of activities including participating in the Food Energy and Sustainability Team. She is a member of the Pasadena Japanese American Citizenship League and is a student member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s Environmental Council. Kalia maintains a 3.94 grade point average and is a national AP Scholar with distinction.
The board of the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to support such worthy local students in their future endeavors in agriculture and environmental science!