Chemeketa Courier

Strokes 4 Scholarships helps Chemeketa students

By Devin Swift
The Strokes 4 Scholarships skills competition for men and women is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 2.
The competition will raise money for the Montez Bailey Memorial Scholarship.
Enoch Aggrey, the Associated Students of Chemeketa member who is planning the event, said, “Montez worked in the Multicultural Center as a student representative for the Student Retention and College Life Office. He was involved in all the projects; he assisted students who came to the office for help, and we want to continue his legacy through this scholarship.”
Bailey, 21, was a former Chemeketa student, who was shot and killed on May 27, 2009, in Salem. 
The entry fee is $20 for students and $25 for non-students. Anyone can show up and compete, but tickets are on sale now and buying a ticket beforehand covers the full competition.
Tickets will be sold at the Student Retention and College Life office in Bldg. 2-176.
The competition will be based on long drive, target distance, chip and putt, bunker shot, and putting.
The long drive competition will be held separate from the main competition to help ensure equality and fairness.
The grand prizes for the competition include two Toshiba tablets, four rounds of golf at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, four dinners for two at Los Dos Amigos, Best Buy gift cards, 10 movie tickets, and more.
“The Montez Bailey Memorial Scholarship is not focused on what applicants have done, but rather on what they are currently doing. Preference is given to students who are actively performing community service and are involved in cultural events at Chemeketa and throughout the community,” Aggrey said.
According to Aggrey, to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:
·         Be enrolled in classes or making consistent progress toward getting their GED and subsequently moving on to a certificate or degree program;
·         Be committed to pursuing a two-year degree or one-year certificate at Chemeketa;
·         Provide evidence of satisfactory academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and maintain it while receiving the scholarship;
·         Agree to show leadership and community involvement by volunteering five hours of community service per term in the Office of Student Retention and College Life; and
·         Demonstrate financial need.
Students who are looking for more information can go to the Student Life and Retention Office in Bldg. 2.