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Pendleton High School Seniors

PHS Seniors planning to attend college are eligible to apply for those scholarships available from the Pendleton Foundation Trust.

PFT Scholarship Application  Get the Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship application in PDF format.  The form can be filled in electronically and printed.   


Let 'er Duck Scholarship Application  Get the Let'er Duck Scholarship application in PDF format.  The form can be filled in electronically and printed.   



The best way to create a fun and exciting future is to obtain as much education as possible.  Attending a college, university or trade school can set one on the path of prosperity.

Scholarships Awarded by the Pendleton Foundation Trust

The Pendleton Foundation Trust provides a resource for Pendleton High School students.  A large number of students  have received scholarships over the years assisting them to attend college and the FFA National Convention..


John “Jiggs’’ and Maxine Fisk Memorial Scholarship- established June 2004

John “Jiggs’’ and Maxine Fisk were examples of how their planned giving helped educate future generations and leave a permanent and continuing presence in the Pendleton community. They both were long- time Umatilla County natives and lived in Pendleton many years. They were cattle ranchers. Jiggs worked with the Pendleton Round-Up for a long time. He served as President 1976-1978. They were both active in Pendleton and cared about its citizens.

The first scholarship award was made for the fall of 2005.  John S. “Jiggs” Fisk established this memorial scholarship fund through his Will for the Pendleton Foundation Trust to provide annual scholarships for graduates of Pendleton High School.  The principal of the fund is to be kept in perpetuity and the annual income used to provide scholarships. The chairman of the PFT board assigns three board members each year as the scholarship committee.  Applications are due by April 1st each year. 

The Pendleton Foundation Trust offers the annual $5,000 Fisk Scholarship  to a deserving  Pendleton Senior student who will graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA. The award honors Jiggs and Maxine Fisk who were generous supporters of the Trust. The Award is given for scholarship and activities and is not based on financial need.

Year Recipient
2005 Fisk Scholarship winner 2005Claire T. James  - In 2005, a new scholarship was awarded for the first time by PFT. Funded by a bequest from the John “Jiggs” Fisk estate, entrusted to the Pendleton Foundation Trust, the $5000 scholarship will be given annually . It is open to a Pendleton High School graduate who exhibits the qualities of scholarship, leadership and community involvement.

The Fisk Memorial Scholarship will be awarded each May to commemorate the generous donation of the Maxine and Jiggs Fisk family to the Pendleton Foundation.

This year Claire James was the first recipient of the scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Portland this fall.

2006 Jessica Baty - The Pendleton Foundation Trust has awarded the Fisk Memorial Scholarship to Jessica Baty, a senior at Pendleton High School. The scholarship is for $5,000 and is based on extracurricular school activities, academic achievement and community involvement.

Jessica is the daughter of David and Barbara Baty. She has a GPA of 3.94 and plans to major in physical/health education at Western Oregon University where she will play volleyball for the Wolves varsity volleyball team. Baty plans to become a secondary school teacher and coach volleyball.

This is the second year that the Fisk Memorial Scholarship has been awarded. John “Jiggs” Fisk and Maxine Fisk were both long-time Umatilla County natives and lived in Pendleton many years. They were cattle ranchers. They were both active in Pendleton and cared about its citizens especially young people. They wanted this scholarship to help Pendleton students realize their potential through education by providing this financial assitance.

2007 Katherine Barry  - The Pendleton Foundation Trust recently awarded its third annual Fisk Award in the amount of $5,000. The award is for scholarship and activities and is not based on financial need.
This years Fisk Award winner is Katherine Barry, the daughter of Sam and Agnes Barry of Pendleton. She graduated with the Honors Certificate and a GPA of 4.28. She is going to attend William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. She plans to double mayor in History and Foreign Language and minor in Mathematics. She was president of the senior class; and received the Lantern Cup and the Citizenship Cup. She is also a very gifted singer and was recognized for that talent. She was selected the Fisk winner out of 38 outstanding competitors.
2008 Shannon Goff     - T his 2008 winner of the Pendleton Foundation Trust’s  $5,000.00 Fisk Scholarship is Shannon Goff. This scholarship is given annually in memory of Jiggs and Maxine Fisk, longtime Pendleton residents who gave money to the Pendleton Foundation Trust for an annua
scholarship to a PHS graduate.

Shannon plans to major in biochemistry wit  minors in Spanish and biology. Her parents are Brian and Donna Goff.

2009 Kelli M. McBee - E ach spring the Pendleton Foundation Trust Board of Directors awards three scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Pendleton High School.  Kelli McBee is the recipient of the $5,000 Fisk Scholarship, given in memory of Jiggs and Maxine Fisk, lifelong Pendleton residents who gave money to the PFT for the annual scholarship.

Kelli plans to study public relations and business at Boston College. Her parents are John and Debbie McBee. She served in student government and earned varsity letters in track, volleyball and cross country. She was a member of A Capella Choir, Key Club, the National Honor Society and ASTRA Club. She received the Citizenship Cup this year. Kelli also served as Miss Oregon Junior Miss and attended the Catholic World Youth Day in Germany. She represented Pendleton at the Hugh O’Brian Youth World Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

2010 Devin Jennings - Devin Jennings is planning to attend Brigham Young University this fall majoring in Mathematical Education. His activities at PHS include National Honor Society Service Projects, swim team, Senior Class
President, Honor Choir, All State Choir, and recently had the lead in Les Miserables.  Devin has also earned his Eagle Scout Award and is very active in his church.  Devin stated “I have always loved to help other people. especially in teaching them something new.”
2011 The 2011 winner of the $5,000 Fisk Scholarship is Marika Sitz. This scholarship is given in memory of Jiggs and Maxine Fisk, lifelong
Pendleton residents, who gave money to PFT for this award. The two $2,500 scholarships given by the Foundation each year have been awarded to Patrick McBee and Hannah Hale. Marika Sitz is planning to attend Stanford University this fall and major in economics. She is the daughter of Norm and Michelle Sitz. Some of her many activities at PHS included President of Future Business Leaders of America; Vice-President of Key
Club and National Honor Society; ASTRA Service Club; and a member of the A Sharp Players Community Orchestra. Markia participated in cross-country, basketball and
track all four years. She also is a PHS Citizen Cup winner, Umatilla County Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee, Round Up City Racers Youth Track coach, and Little Bucks Basketball Camp counselor. Marika stated, “Any success I experience will all be tied in some way to the rolling wheat fields, the stately Blue Mountains, and the town of Pendleton that helped me become who I am today.
2012 Pendleton Foundation Trust 2014 Fisk Scholarship WinnerThe 2012 recipient of the $5,000 Fisk Scholarship is Ethan Johnson. The Fisk Scholarship is given in memory of Jiggs and Maxine Fisk, lifelong Pendleton residents, who specifically donated to the Trust for scholarships. Ethan, the son of Brian Johnson and Karen Hoholik, plans to attend the Honors College at Oregon State University to major in biology. He has been active in National Honor Society, Jazz Band and was a section leader in the orchestra. He attended Oregon Boys’
State and lettered all four years in football, wrestling and baseball, receiving first team all league honors in football. He also participated in youth activities, including Outdoor School and Little Bucks football and baseball camps.
2013 Jacob Rickman 2013 Recipient of the Fisk ScholarshipJacob Rickman won the Fisk Scholarship for $5000.00 towards his college education. Jacob plans to pursue his degree in Computer Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. During his High School years Jacob was active in School Leadership, he was a 4 year National Honor Society Member, and received the Citizenship and the Lantern Cups. In 2013 Jacob won an OSAA state title in swimming. He has a weighted GPA of 4.3. Jacob is the son of Mike and Sara Rickman
2014 Yan Yan was awarded the 2014 Fisk Scholarship from the Pendleton Foundation TrustYan Yan won the Fisk Scholarship for $5,000 towards his college education. Yan plans to study Engineering Physics at Stanford University. Yan had a weighted GPA of 4.45, has been an active participant and volunteer in many areas including Oregon East Symphony, FFA, school government, athletics, FBLA and numerous other areas. Yan won first place at the FBLA Computer Applications competition, was on high honor roll all four years, 1st place Washington State American Mathematics Competition and had many other honors and awards. Yan’s parents are Guiping Yan and Hui Yan.
2015 Fisk Award winner 2015Anthony Papol was awarded the Fisk Scholarship for $5,000.
He plans to pursue his college education concentrating on the
fields of physics and math with hopes to become part of a space
exploration program.



Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship Award - $2,500

 Due to the number of quality applicants, the Pendleton Foundation Trust Award was added in 2008 - two $2,500.00 scholarship awards given to the next two finalists from the Fisk applicants.

Year Recipient
2008 Elizabeth N. Murray - attended Pacific University
2008 Andrea Paige Wuest - attended Blue Mtn Community College
2009 Emily Ager - attended Carleton College
2009 Haylie Wynn - attended University of Oregon
2010 Lyndsie L. Wynn - to attend Pacific University
2010 Brian Barry - to attend Santa Clara University
2011 Hannah Hale has been accepted at Pacific Lutheran University to study Secondary Education and Spanish. She is the daughter of Kevin and Lori Hale. Her many activities at PHS included National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, ASTRA, FBLA, Swing Choir, and Senior Class President. Hannah served one year as the Eastern Oregon Representative for the Oregon Association of Student Councils, and also created an after-school mentoring program called “Big Buddies.” She also volunteered at the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon and participated in Key Club, golf and tennis. Hannah stated, “I have been very fortunate to live in Pendleton my entire life and I am truly grateful for the wonderful people,
experiences, and opportunities that have helped shape who I am. It has always been important to me to give back to my community.”


2011 Patrick McBee plans to major in biochemistry at Boston College, in order to prepare for a career as a physician. He graduated with an Honors Diploma and a 4.3 gpa . Patrick is the son of John and Debbie Mcbee. He earned his Eagle Scout Rank and two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, and served as a Boys State delegate and HOBY Oregon delegate. Patrick was the founder and President of the PHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national honor society, and was a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, and Link Crew. He also served as Key Club President and ASTRA Service Club President, and earned varsity letters in track and band, among his many other activities. Patrick stated, “Eventually I would like to return to Pendleton as a surgeon and uphold the values that living in this town has taught me.”
2012 Pendleton Foundation Trust  Schoalrship 2012 WinnerTwo additional scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded by the Pendleton Foundation Trust to Ryan Montgomery and Tasha Sitz. Ryan plans to attend Brigham Young University in the fall to major in business management and physiology, with the goal of a dual M.D./MBA program in graduate school. He was heavily involved in cross country, track, ASTRA, Key Club, impossible2possible and served as the senior class president. He represented Oregon for numerous national programs and served as an at-large representative on the Oregon Student Executive Council last year. His parents are Amy English and James Montgomery.
2012 Pendleton Foundation Trust 2012 Scholarship winnerTasha is the daughter of Norman and Michelle Sitz. She will attend the College of Idaho in Caldwell to study science and music. Tasha has been active in cross country, track, orchestra, National Honor Society and ASTRA service club. She has attended the state solo/ensemble competitions for the past three years, and has been active in comunity orchestras and teaching cello to young students.
2013 Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship 2013The Pendleton Foundation Trust also awarded two $2500.00 scholarship awards to Alsea Fishel and Steven Anderson. Alsea is the daughter of David and Laura Fishel. She plans to pursue an education as an event and outreach coordinator for a globally centered nonprofit organization. Alsea graduated with a 4.33 weighted GPA and she was active in the Free Methodist Church, Cross Country and band.
2013 Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship 2013Steven Anderson is the son of Kimbal and Kim Anderson. Steven has been active in School Government, Church, and is an Eagle Scout. Steven has a 4.37 weighted average GPA during his High School career and he plans to pursue a Chemistry degree at Whitworth University.
2014 Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship 2014The Pendleton Foundation Trust also awarded two $2,500 scholarship awards to Alden Wyland and Destinee Dennis.  Destinee is the daughter of Greg and Kimberly Dennis. She had a weighted GPA of 4.36. National Honor Society, PHS swim team, Foreign Language, volunteer service and International Cultures Club are some of Destinee’s activities. She plans to attend Linfield College where she
2014 Pendleton Fundation Trust 2014Alden is the son of Dr. Rhonda Wyland. He achieved a weighted GPA of 4.39. Alden was active in sports, music, church and Scouts. Alden plans to attend Seattle Pacific University and pursue degrees in Bio-Chemistry and Music
2015 Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship winner 2015Maddie Kelm was awarded one of the Foundation's Scholarships. Maddie’s college plan is to major in biology (pre-med) with a minor in Spanish. Her desire is to become a pediatric doctor because of her passion for helping others..
2015 Pendleton Foundation Trust Scholarship winner 2015Keren Hampton is the other scholarship winner this year.  Her future goals include becoming a medical scientist to help improve medical treatments and vaccines for diseases. She will major in biology in college. 




Alan Wyland Memorial Scholarship  – established in April, 1998

 This is a $1,000 scholarship given in memory of Alan Wyland, youth pastor and vocalist, to a PHS graduate for college studies with an emphasis in music.  The PHS faculty scholarship committee makes the selection with concurrence by Rhonda Wyland, M.D.

The Alan Wyland Memorial Fund distributes a $1,000 college scholarship each year to a Pendleton High School senior, with emphasis on interest in music.

Year Recipient Amount of Scholarship
1998 Sarah Delamarter $1,000
1999 Emily Muller $1,000
2000 Bradford Criswell $500
2000 Kailee Fjeld $500
2001 Sean O’Grady $1,000
2002 Allison Thompson $1,000
2003 Jodi Bennett $500
2003 Shannon Criswell $500
2004 Sarah Spratling $1,000
2005 Jennifer Lange $1,000
2006 Haley Harris $1,000
2007 Katherine Barry $1,000
2008 Ashley Spratling $1,000
2009 Emily Ager $500
2009 Trevor Wilson $500
2010 Jenny O'Grady $1,000
2011 Christian DeBok $1,000
2012   Eva Carlson $1,000
2013 Scott Swenson $1,000
2014 Alden Wyland and Sarah Hubbard $500 each
2015 Wilhelm Sitz $1,000



Ole Groupe Memorial FFA Scholarship for an FFA member to attend the FFA National Convention. 

The Ole Group Memorial Fund distributes a $500-$750 Scholarship to the Pendleton High School FFA for their annual convention expenses.  This scholarship was established in 1995 and has increased to $750.

The Ole Groupe Memorial Scholarship can make a difference  in the lives of Pendleton students.

If you have ever wondered if your Pendleton Foundation Trust contributions make an impact to our community, all you have to do is look at the positive impact the Ole Groupe Memorial Scholarship has had on
Pendleton High School students.

The Ole Groupe Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to support a Pendleton High School student to attend the Future Farmers of America Convention in Washington D.C. This week long conference allows student to develop their speaking and presentation skills. It also helps students establish lifelong relationships with other agriculture students from across the country. This award has been presented each year in memory of Ole Groupe. Ole tragically died while mountain climbing on Mount Hood. Ole loved life, loved the outdoors and had a close bond with nature and animals.

The Ole Groupe Scholarship allows a PHS student to pursue their goals in agriculture with a focus on future career possibilities in agriculture and animal science.  Tiah Pahl was the 1999 recipient of the Ole Groupe Scholarship. She attributes her love of animals and animal welfare to her involvement with FFA. Tiah is a 2002 graduate of Pendleton High School; she attended Oregon State University and graduated in animal science. In 2006, she was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU and graduated in 2010. Tiah was a 2004 Pendleton Round Up Princess.

Tiah credits the Old Groupe Scholarship with opening doors and allowing her to see many aspects of agriculture in our area, our lives and our community. Tiah credits the Pendleton FF A chapter with giving her the opportunity to develop her leadership and communication skills that have prepared her for her future in small animal veterinary. Tiah values the networking and personal relationship she has developed through FFA. When she got to OSU, she already knew many of the facility, and already had established friendships with other students, thus making her transition much easier. The Ole Groupe Scholarship, a wonderful example of how all of our donations to the Pendleton Foundation Trust help our local students, our community and our local heritage. 

Year Recipient Amount of Scholarship
1995 Kyle Roselle $500
1996 Chad Brooks $500.00
1997 J.W. Cleveland $500.00
1998 Oliver Pahl $500.00
1999 Elizabeth Peal $500.00
2000 Tiah Pahl $500.00
2001 Chandra Jones $500.00
2002 Shannon Dunfee and Tyson Cross $500.00
2003 (No one attended the National FFA Convention)  
2004 Cori Thompson $500.00
2005 Sam Lorenzen $500.00
2006 Trevor Armstrong $750.00
2007 Grace Wilkensen $750.00
2008 Chris Stuvland $750.00
2009 (No one attended National FFA Convention)  
2010 Nick Lacey $750.00
2011 Jared Livingston $750.00
2012 Taylor Pete $760
2013 Nicholas Levy and Delaney Paulus $929
2014 Emily Wanous $1,000



David Jon Lindberg Memorial Scholarship

D.J. Lindberg was a 1972 PHS graduate, and a graduate of WSU in 1977 with a B.S. in agricultural engineering. An auto accident took his life in April 1979.This perpetual memorial scholarship was established to award a scholarship to an outstanding PHS graduate with a commitment to citizenship, scholarship, and family. This memorial fund has been giving scholarship awards for many years, although this scholarship fund was transferred to thePendleton Foundation Trust, as the new custodian, in 2012. The first scholarship given in 2013.

Year Recipient Amount of Scholarship
2013 Pake Thomas Sorey - to attend New Mexico Jr. College $1,000
2014 Emily Sorey $1,000
2015 Terrel Platt $1,000


University of Oregon Alumni Let' er Duck Scholarship

The Let'er Duck Chapter of the University of Oregon Alumni Association established this scholarship fund in 2010.  The Alumni Association  sets up their scholarship committee and selects the scholarship recipient for a high school graduate to attend the University of Oregon.   The first scholarship was awarded in 2011.

Year Recipient Amount of Scholarship
2011 Patrick Mulvihill $1,000
2012 Bethany Morter $1,000
2012 Kain Sandoval-Garcia $200.00
2013 (No Scholarship was awarded) --
2014 John E. Blanc and Tammy Young $1,000 to each
2015 Celina Taylor $500