Family Access Network’s Laura J. Harvard Fund awards $20,000 in scholarships to high school students

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Family Access Network is pleased to announce that 10 central Oregon high school students have each received a $2,000 scholarship to pursue their post-secondary education. FAN is able to provide this new opportunity to students through the Laura J. Harvard Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is in honor of Laura J. Harvard, a lifelong resident of Oregon. A graduate of Oregon Public Schools, Laura’s greatest joy was supporting her five children in their own school and extracurricular activities. She organized her local elementary and middle school Battle of the Books teams and served as a regional and national Battle of the Books moderator. Laura worked as a volunteer school librarian, was Sheldon High School’s biggest (and loudest) football fan, and believed in the importance of building a strong foundation through public education.

The 10 scholarship recipients will attend schools as far away as Universal Technical Institute in Arizona and as close as Phagan’s Beauty College and COCC in central Oregon. Recipients worked closely with the FAN advocate at their high school to apply for the scholarship. The names of the ten students will remain anonymous to allow confidentiality as FAN customers.

“I want to thank you for the opportunity you have given me. This is the first scholarship I get and it gave me a more hopeful outlook on the future. This scholarship also makes me realize that my time is approaching and that everything will be fine. Although I may not be the first to enter university, I will try to be the first to graduate from university. This scholarship will really impact my life, and I want to thank the Laura J. Harvard Scholarship Committee once again, this is just the beginning and now I want to do the same and help as much as I can to achieve their goals, that’s why I want to succeed. me and my family want to take this opportunity. Thanks again!!” – A scholarship holder

“All of this year’s Laura J. Harvard Fellowship recipients have demonstrated courage, determination and a drive to succeed. Whether as high school student body president or volunteer librarian at her children’s school, Laura has strengthened her school communities. We are confident that this year’s scholars will continue to be active members of their own communities and will continue to give back, just as Laura did. If she could, Laura would have knocked down all barriers to education and opportunity. We are so impressed with how much these students have already accomplished in their young lives. – Tasha McFarland, FAN Foundation Board Member and Laura’s sister.

Unique to central Oregon, FAN began in 1993 and currently employs 30 attorneys at 66 locations in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. These advocates work tirelessly to help families break the cycle of poverty. The direct placement of FAN advocates in schools enables FAN to effectively reach and connect underprivileged children and families with essential basic needs.

To learn more about the Family Access Network, please visit or call (541) 693-5675.

Family Access Network’s mission is to provide help, opportunity and hope to central Oregon families in need by connecting them to crucial resources that will help children thrive. in school and in life. Each year, FAN advocates improve the lives of nearly 8,000 children and family members in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.

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