SHHS alum awarded Mealey scholarship

By Katie Kohl

LCSWA Scholarship Chair

Three Linn County high school graduates have been awarded 2021 Robert Mealey Scholarships by the Linn County Small Woodlands Association for studying forestry or forestry-related natural resources in an Oregon college/university, including dual enrollment with an Oregon community college.

Money for the scholarships comes from the profits of the annual Linn County Small Woodlands seedling sale.

The three are Madelyn Neuschwander, a Sweet Home High School graduate; Aria Mays, a Lebanon High School graduate, and Kimberly Ortiz, a Scio High School graduate.

Neuschwander is a junior at Oregon State University majoring in Forestry Ecosystems and Natural Resources.

She is receiving a $2,000 renewable scholarship. A full-time student with a 3.64 GPA, Neuschwander is studying a broad range of forestry science and issues.

After working for Starker Forestry along with her classes last year, Neuschwander is now employed as a forest management intern with the Oregon State Research Forest. 

She has worked on her White Oak restoration unit in the Jackson Creek area conducting log deck inspections and other quality control measures on active logging sites, discussed control details with contractors, covered slash piles for burning, and tariff cruised among other responsibilities.

In her free time, she has enjoyed hiking and camping in Oregon and, this summer, explored Washington’s Olympic and Mount Rainier National Forest. 

Neuschwander is also a coxswain on OSU’s rowing team.