Tad Falk has been named a 2012 Ford Scholar by the Ford Family Foundation.
This prestigious award is given to only 100 Oregon students annually. The award is based on financial need, demonstrated leadership skills, paid work experience, written and oral communication skills and GPA. Ford Scholars receive support for an estimated 90% of their college costs.
Tad Falk is a 2008 graduate of Astoria High School, and will receive his Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree from Clatsop Community College on June 15. While at CCC, Tad served as treasurer of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society that recognizes academic achievement at two-year colleges throughout the country. He also served as a wrestling coach at Astoria Middle School. He plans to transfer to the University of Oregon and major in Psychology before pursuing graduate work to prepare for a career in adolescent and family counseling.
Tad credits the Clatsop Community College TRiO Plus Program with contributing to his success. This federally funded student support program offers in-depth academic and career advising, and scholarship and transfer assistance. He also says, “The personal interest shown in my education along with the close knit community of faculty, staff, and students have provided a unique experience the I hadn’t previously considered playing such an important role in my education. I hope others are able to take was what I have and can realize what we really have on top of that hill.”