CRESWELL – Six graduating seniors across Oregon – including Seth Handman of Creswell High School – won scholarship money through a special program partnership between OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association.
Two students won $5,000 scholarships: Emilie Chau of South Salem High School and Julia Scher of South Eugene High School.
Handyman was among four winners of the $1,000 scholarship. The others included Sabrina Li of Clackamas High School, Ayden Wolgamott of Elmira High School, and Cecilia Wu of Franklin High School.
Throughout the nomination period of April 1-30, OnPoint received more than 320 submissions from 153 OSAA member schools.
OnPoint’s Scholar Program honors graduating seniors who have achieved a 3.50 or higher unweighted cumulativeGPA and have earned either a varsity letter in an OSAA-sanctioned sport or competed in an OSAA-sanctioned activity.
Winners were selected based on two letters of recommendation and essay questions around community leadership, academic achievement and how participating in OSAA activities helped them achieve their goals.
Winners of the 2021 OnPoint Community Credit Union Scholar Program:
Handman was involved with Unified Basketball, a basketball league giving students with and without disabilities the chance to play basketball together and have opportunities they may not usually have to play sports. Despite challenges as a result of a learning disability, Handman achieved academic success and developed his own learning methods to stay on track.
He joined the varsity cross country team, which helped him learn the importance of persistence, perseverance and hard work. Handman was recognized with the academic all-state award for varsity boys’ cross country, placing in the top 10 of the state’s highest cumulative team GPA.
He said he wants to work with people with disabilities in the future.