Funds come from annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance car show and gift from Knights of Pythias

Sixteen local high school graduates will be heading to college this fall with some extra help from the Rotary Club of Forest Grove.

The local service organization last week informed students in Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston that they would be receiving scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 to help with their first year of college.

The students, who demonstrated both academic achievement and community service, will be heading to a variety of schools — from Pacific University and Portland Community College to the University of Oregon and Harvard University.

This year’s recipients are:

Forest Grove High School

Abigail Aguirre

McKenzie Calvert

Elizabeth Hertel

Murimi Nyamu

Edgar Sanchez Fausto

Hannah Schields

Ronald Thompson

Banks High School

Aubrey Kimmel

Jaron Malcom

Lane Meeuwsen

Ariel Slifka

Cassilyn Streblow

Gaston High  School

Carmen Aranda-Garcia

Ian Mann

Connor Matrisciano

Harrison Morgan

Funds for the annual scholarship come from the Rotary Club’s classic car show, the Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, which is held on the campus of Pacific University on the third Sunday of July. This year’s event will be held on Sun., July 17.

Since its inception in 1973, the annual celebration of automotive excellence has raised more than $1 million for scholarships and support to community projects. This year’s scholarship funds were augmented by a generous donation from the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization devoted to promoting friendship, charity and benevolence.

Over the years, the Rotary club has helped nearly 750 students attend college.

“My Rotary Scholarship helped me tremendously,” says Elena Torry-Schrag, who graduated from Forest Grove High School in 2013.   Now at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., Torry-Schrag says the scholarship reduced the amount of money she had to borrow her freshman year. “This year will be my last at Macalester,” said Torry-Schrag, who is hoping to find a job helping special needs students. “As I go out into the world, I will always remember the honor I felt when I received my Rotary Scholarship.”

To learn more about the Rotary Club of Forest Grove, visit the Forest Grove Rotary Facebook page or

To learn more about this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, visit

Media contacts:  

John Schrag, Publicity Chair, Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance:  971-226-2007 or

Blake Timm, Membership Chair, Rotary Club of Forest Grove:  503-320-3915 or