Ten OYA youth have received a total of $15,300 in scholarships from Janus Youth Programs to aid them in their studies. Janus honored them at a May 17 ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.
The young men have all participated in Hope Partnership at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. They were singled out for their academic achievements and their accomplishments as volunteers and mentors to other youth.
Congratulations to all 10, listed here with their awards:
- Bailey A., $1,000
- Elishah A., $2,000
- Johnathan B., $1,500
- Agustin E., $1,500
- Cayce F., $300
- Robert M., $1,500
- Gustavo P., $1,500
- Thomas S., $3,000
- Griffin T., $1,000
- Ezequiel V., $2,000
Three of them – Gustavo, Thomas, and Griffin – were on hand to accept their awards in person. All glowed with pride as the audience made up of family, friends, and other well-wishers applauded the positive changes the youth had made in their lives.
This year’s award marks the third Gustavo has received from Janus. He’s about to finish his associate’s degree at Chemeketa Community College and plans to use the scholarship to continue at Eastern Oregon University, majoring in exercise science.
When asked where he wants to be in 10 years, he says, “I’m hoping to launch a clothing brand, and I’m hoping to have my own gym. I want to be connected with Janus in some sort of way, maybe with my gym connections, where I can help at-risk youth get into that habit of having a healthy lifestyle.”
Griffin just completed his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State University, and he plans to apply to a master’s degree program in social work. This is the second year he has earned a scholarship from Janus.
Where does he want to be in 10 years? “I’d like to see myself helping people who are at-risk and in similar situations that I was when I was younger,” he says.
Thomas will graduate in June with a bachelor’s in business administration from Eastern Oregon University (EOU) and a 3.7 GPA. He’ll be using his scholarship to work toward a Master of Business Administration at EOU.
“In ten years,” he says, “I’d like to position myself in a place that allows me to give back to people that are in similar situations to mine. I think the only reason that’s possible is through the generosity of people who have helped tonight. I would like to see myself in 10 years being that person to future generations.”