The Lane County Beat the Odds Scholarship Award Dinner is always one of my favorite evenings of the year. We pack a room with community leaders and education advocates and then get to hear from an inspiring student about their path to graduation and their dreams for the future.
On April 18th, we gathered at North Eugene High School to celebrate Jazmyne Malone, this year’s Lane County scholarship recipient.
When Jazmyne was young, she lived with her mother and sister in Fresno, California. The three were always close, but her mom was in an abusive relationship, and life at home was chaotic. The family also moved frequently; by the time she finished middle school, Jazmyne had attended eleven different schools in three different states. She was struggling in math and having a hard time making connections with her teachers and peers.
When Jazmyne was thirteen, the family settled in Eugene. Jazmyne got involved in the AVID program at Kelly—that’s when she met Clair Wiles, who would become her teacher and mentor at North Eugene High School. The connections she’s made through AVID and the strong relationships she’s built with her teachers at North have been game-changers for Jazmyne. Today, she’s challenging herself with IB classes, taking on leadership roles at school, and active on the track team. She’s cultivating her love of science and plans to study optical physics in college.
As a Beat the Odds Scholar, Jazmyne will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, renewable for up to four years. She also receives the support and encouragement of all of the Beat the Odds Scholars who have come before her and the entire Stand staff.