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Ben Purcell

Supporting the future leaders of our communities is something we take seriously. After all, one of them might just lead our company one day! We’re very proud to have just recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships to five exceptional students in our local communities through our Tillamook Excellence in Leadership Scholarship program, which celebrated its tenth year this year. The Excellence in Leadership Scholarships were awarded to three Tillamook County high school seniors, one Morrow County high school senior (where our second cheesemaking facility is located), and one continuing college student with roots in Tillamook.


Vance Wetzel

TCCA’s 2012 Excellence in Leadership Scholarship recipients are Shelby Porter, Ben Purcell, Vance Wetzel, Rebecca Jepsen, and Katie Hurliman. Each student received $2,000.


Rebecca Jepsen

Shelby Porter hails from Nehalem, Oregon and is a graduate of Neah-Kah-Nie High School. She plans to study biology at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, with a goal of attending medical school.

Ben Purcell is from Bay City, Oregon and is also a graduate of Neah-Kah-Nie High School. He plans to attend Seattle Pacific University and study English.

Vance Wetzel is a graduate of Tillamook High School. He will study emergency medical services at Tillamook Bay Community College and earn his firefighting certificates through Tillamook Fire.

Rebecca Jepsen received TCCA’s scholarship for a Morrow County student. She is an Ione High School graduate and plans to attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, to study pre-physical therapy.

Katie Hurliman is this year’s recipient of TCCA’s scholarship for a continuing college student. She is currently attending Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and is studying general science in order to complete the required prerequisites for optometry. Katie was a 2010 graduate of Tillamook High School.

TCCA’s scholarship program was established in 2003 by our co-op’s Board of Directors. Since then, a total of $92,000 has been awarded to 46 students, helping them achieve their educational goals and encouraging them to be leaders in their community.

Congrats to all of our 2012 scholarship winners and may your futures be very bright!

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