Fifteen new Ford Scholars are from Siskiyou County

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
These five south county Class of 2017 high school graduates are among the 15 new Ford Scholars from Siskiyou County. Left to right, Leslie Rhoades, Chandler Berg, Parker Page and Mehal Patel of Mount Shasta High, and Anna Chilson of Weed High School.

The Ford Family Foundation has selected 105 students from Oregon and 15 students from Siskiyou County as new Ford Scholars.

They were chosen from 5,883 applicants, according to a Foundation press release.

Eligibility criteria include financial need and merit qualifications. Ford Scholars must attend an accredited, nonprofit college in their home state and be pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time. The renewable scholarship covers 90 percent of each student’s unmet financial need for each academic year.

Since 1994, the Foundation’s scholarship programs have awarded students more than $157 million.

As stated in the Foundation’s press release: “Kenneth W. Ford built his company, Roseburg Forest Products Co., into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. He established The Ford Family Foundation in 1957 after the business had experienced two decades of growth.

“Mr. Ford created the scholarship program to help students who would otherwise find it difficult to obtain a college degree without financial assistance. Other scholarship programs funded by the Foundation include the Ford Opportunity Scholarship Program, the Ford ReStart Scholarship Program, and The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Program for Sons and Daughters of Employees of Roseburg Forest Products Co.”

Following is a list of the new Ford Scholars from Siskiyou County, including name, high school or community college they attended this year, and college they are planning to attend in 2017-18. The information is from the complete list posted on The Ford Family Foundation website,

-- Leslie Rhoades, Mount Shasta High, College of the Siskiyous;

-- Chris Headley of Dunsmuir, Fullerton College, University of California Davis;

-- Chandler Berg, Mount Shasta High, California State University Northridge;

-- Robert “Parker” Page, Mount Shasta High, University of California Davis;

-- Mehal Patel, Mount Shasta High, University of California Davis;

-- Anna Chilson, Weed High School, California Baptist University;

-- Molly Cribari of Weed, College of the Siskiyous, Humboldt State University;

-- Maxwell Michelon of Weed, College of the Siskiyous, California State University Chico;

-- Gerardo Licea, Butte Valley High, Butte College;

-- Angelee Dowling, Etna High, California Polytechnic State University;

-- Megan Menne, Etna High, Southern Oregon University;

-- Kara “Wren” Crapser, Happy Camp High, University of California Los Angeles;

-- Annalee Head, Happy Camp High, Southern Oregon University;

-- Brooke Wilson, Yreka High, California State University Chico

-- Brian Navarro-Medina, Tulelake High, University of the Pacific;

Ford ReStart Scholars from Siskiyou County are: Charnna Gilmore of Etna, who is planning to attend Southern Oregon University in 2017-18; and Simon Leon Yanez of Weed, who is planning to attend University of California Davis.

Gladys Donahue of Yreka received the Ford Sons and Daughters award. She plans to attend College of the Siskiyous.