EUGENE - The Ford Family Foundation has named Lance Burton, Canyon City, and Levi Martin, Long Creek, as Ford Scholars for 2002-2003. Burton is a wildlife sciences major at Eastern Oregon University, and Martin is a sports medicine major at the University of Oregon. Burton and Martin are among 136 Scholars selected from Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.
Since 1994, the Ford Family Foundation has awarded more than $22 million in scholarships. Kenneth W. Ford, founder of Roseburg Forest Products Co., established the Ford Scholars program to help students who would find it difficult to obtain college degrees without financial assistance. This year, The Ford Family Foundation selected more recipients for its annual Ford Scholar awards than ever before. More than 3,700 students applied for this year's award, with winners representing 79 communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.
Kenneth W. Ford built Roseburg Forest Products from a one-man operation in the 1940s to one of the West Coast's largest wood products manufacturers. Ford established the Foundation to help a number of worthy causes, including the Ford Scholars program which was one of his personal favorites.