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The Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship Committee announced this year’s scholarship recipient is Dylan McDowell, a senior at Oregon State University who grew up on the Oregon coast in Yachats. He was honored at a reception at the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation during the board’s Sunday, October 13 meeting at the Morse Family Farm in Eugene.
McDowell is a senior at Oregon State University, having earlier graduated from Waldport High School where he also took on-line courses through Chemekata Community College. Majoring in both Fisheries and Wildlife Science and in Education he plans to focus on disseminating scientific information in understandable terms to the general public. A writer for OSU’s Terra Magazine which connects readers with research happening throughout the university, he has published several articles featuring OSU scientific research and developed an OSU science podcast.
. McDowell credits an interest in community service to growing up in the small town of Yachats where beginning in the fifth grade he was able to actively participate in civic affairs as a member of the local Youth Council. They were encouraged to create proposals and present them to the City Council, resulting in the creation of a community garden, a food pantry, and other local programs. McDowell adds, “The community in Yachats really taught me the power of working together to achieve a common goal. I was able to participate in many projects throughout the town as I grew up, and learned a lot along the way. I was really fortunate to have the support that I did.”
The Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation established the Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship in 2011 to recognize and help support an Oregon student who has demonstrated or may be inspired by the Senator’s legacy of public service, integrity, strong principles and independence.
It is funded by the sale of inscribed paving stones in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza and by private contributions.