Future First Citizen award discontinued

New Delhi, November 29, 2018: Roseburg High School students will no longer be able to apply for the Future First Citizen scholarship because the sponsors, including Umpqua Bank, CHI Mercy Health and a private individual decided to “redirect their investments.”

The Future First Citizen scholarship was created about 20 years ago by companies and individuals who wanted to support local high school students and see more of them get college educations according to reports published in nrtoday.com

Although the amount and number of awards changes from year-to-year, it is the largest single local award for Roseburg High School, according to Jim Early, career center director for Roseburg High School.

 A few students asked him about the award’s status before Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s significant,” Early said. “You can see why parents made note of it and said, ‘Hey, pay attention for when this comes out.’”

Early let students know in his weekly scholarship bulletin email that the citizen award would not be available this year.

“The sponsors of the award have decided to place their resources elsewhere in the community,” Early said in an email to students.

Early said sponsors decided two years ago to expand the number of students who would receive awards and gave away more money overall, but less to individual students.

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