OSU top choice for Portland’s high achieving students

June 4th, 2009

Included in the feature on the front of today’s Oregonian – “Top grads have the brains but lack the bucksâ€? — are some extraordinary statistics, uncovered by the Oregonian in its survey ofâ€?456 valedictorians and straight-A seniors at 97 metro-area public and private high schoolsâ€?:

Top college choices
Oregon State (50)
University of Oregon (37)
University of Washington (22)
George Fox (16)
University of Portland (14)

In an accompanying article, Berenise Delgado, a valedictorian from Roosevelt High School in Portland, talks of her dream to attend OSU to be an engineer but the challenges of affording that dream. Oregon State’s ‘Bridge to Success‘ program is designed for those in state students who struggle with college costs.

From the article:

If she has to, she says, she’ll try to take out loans. “Whatever it takes, I’m going to college.”

Late last week, Delgado learned that she’s been awarded a series of grants and scholarships that will allow her to attend Oregon State and even cover the cost of books.

“I’m ready,” she says after looking over the paperwork.

Berenise Delgado-future OSU Beaver; photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Berenise Delgado-future OSU Beaver; photo courtesy of The Oregonian

Miss Delgado, we are ready for you. Welcome to Oregon State!
-bv

Addendum 12:19pm- Looks like we get some pretty good non-residents as well.

MICHIGAN CITY – Marquette Catholic High School as named 10 Summa Cum Laude seniors, all with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher…Belinda Ng, daughter of Yam Ng, Michigan City, and Sook Ng, Michigan City, will attend Oregon State University to major in apparel design and business.

Memberships and Participation: National Honor Society, dance team, captain, Blazer Award, tennis, French Club vice president, NYLC, volunteer with St. Stan’s volleyball team, drama club, major role in spring musical ’09 and fall play ’08.

Courtesy of The News-Dispatch.

17 Responses to “OSU top choice for Portland’s high achieving students”

  1. That’s excellent. I have always believed that Oregon State is an excellent university and I am excited to see that others feel the same way! Good luck Berenise!

  2. That’s excellent. I have always believed that Oregon State is an excellent university and I am excited to see that others feel the same way! Good luck Berenise!

  3. Interesting that your school would be put over the U of O. Goes to show what a great program you’ve got there.

  4. Grandma T says:

    Did you read the article? It’s mostly about students who are giving up on their “dream” schools and settling for state schools. Hardly an endorsement of excellence.

  5. sunny says:

    thanks for info.

  6. In my mind the best guys should get a chance to study at university. Not only children of rich parents. So the program is one step in the right direction.

  7. moneyStrands says:

    Congratulations for Berenise and Oregon State the numbers say everything!

    Remember – education is important because it equips us with all that is needed to make our dreams come true. Education opens doors of brilliant career opportunities. It fetches better prospects in career and growth.

    Good Luck Berenise :)

  8. Suzanne says:

    This is happening all over America, and it is sad. here in MN the governor slashed funding by 20% to our state university yesterday, and it is going to hurt us for many years. Community college enrollment is soaring while the better school’s enrollment is dropping.

    I just don’t understand how cutting education is the considered the right idea during economic hard times. We need educated people to get us out of this mess.

  9. That is a frustrating situation for many and hopefully Obama will help with schooling costs. Ultimately, parents need to discuss with students the importance of working towards obtaining grants and scholarships because hard work can open many doors.

  10. Anthony says:

    “Did you read the article? It’s mostly about students who are giving up on their “dreamâ€? schools and settling for state schools. Hardly an endorsement of excellence.”

    Let us be fair now. OSU ranks high on the scales among top universities, such as Berkeley, Brown, Duke, Stanford, etc. Just look at their track record. They are in the top tier of many areas of study/profession. I can’t stand the status quo of there being the perfect “dream” school. That’s like saying we’re living the “American Dream.” Furthermore, just because it doesn’t cost a quarter million to attend doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent and quality university.

    However, I do feel that it’s sad that students can’t strive for the better without going into financial slavery (debt).

  11. James says:

    @ Grandma T:

    I would encourage you to go back and read the article again. The data about Valedictorians was collected by the Oregonian and put into a sidebar on an article about a few students who had to give up a “dream school” because of the recession.

    Nowhere, does the article suggest that every one of valedictorians surveyed was giving up a top choice school. In fact, I’d guess that many of them are coming to Oregon schools as their first choice.

    Thanks for commenting.

    -jm

  12. warning tape says:

    I love it I graduated 6 years ago in general science and would go back in a minute. Believe it GO OSU…

  13. However, I do feel that it’s sad that students can’t strive for the better without going into financial slavery (debt). Thanks.

  14. There are a lot of characteristics a student has to evaluate when choosing and dream college. Unfortunately, financial considerations do play a role in choosing a college that is right for you. A good college is in the eye of the beholder and most of the time it ends up being a lot more about how at home a student feels there than what ranking the school has or how much of a scholarship they can get to go there.

  15. DSL

    “In my mind the best guys should get a chance to study at university. Not only children of rich parents. So the program is one step in the right direction.”

    Agree with you – no doubt at all. glad that in my country, malaysia, all people are given a chance to further their study in university – IPTS or IPTA(university owned by goverment, which fees much more cheaper)..

  16. This is excellent news, and the University should be very proud of this.

  17. Execellent and fabulous work, i really appreciate it,Thanks for giving this information.

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