Sister Adele Scholarship

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Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship

The Sister Adele Memorial Scholarship Fund was named after Sister Adele Mansfield, O.S.B. of the Queen of Angels Monastery, Mt. Angel, Oregon. She was an invaluable member of CASA of Oregon's Board of Directors, where she served in numerous capacities from 1990 to December 2001. Her mission in life was serving the poor and homeless. In 1988, Sister Adele played a key role in establishing adequate housing for farmworkers by opening St. Joseph's Shelter in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

In honor of Sr. Adele, this scholarship provides supplementary assistance to qualified individuals of farmworker households interested in beginning or continuing their post-secondary education.

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To encourage and provide individuals of farmworker families that live in Oregon with the opportunity to further their academic or technical education. 

Scholarships Available:

Individual awards will range from $1,000 to $2,500 per scholarship winner. A total award amount of $30,000 will be awarded in 2016.  The Sister Adele Memorial Scholarships are made possible by CASA of Oregon a private non-profit, through its commitment to improve the quality of life of farmworkers and their families.


  • Successful candidates must enroll during 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited community college, 4-year college/university or trade school.
  • Applicants must be from a farmworker household.
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) or be pursuing/enrolled in a qualified academic program.
  • No specific GPA is required

Applicants must:

  • Submit a complete Sister Adele Scholarship application,
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher/counselor,
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a non-relative as a character reference,
  • Submit most current high school/college transcript (if you are not able to get one, please provide an explanation),
  • Submit a list of community or academic awards you have received (optional),
  • Applicants must answer one of the following questions in essay form. The required length is a minimum of 500 words not to exceed 1,000. If you are a previous Sister Adele Scholarship winner you must answer question #2. Please include information about future goals and community work if applicable:

1)   Describe your life as a member of a farmworker family and the obstacles you have had to overcome.  How has this influenced you to pursue a higher education?

2)   Do you believe that the quality of life of farmworkers in the United States has improved or worsened in the past 20 years? (Quality of life factors can include: Health, Housing, Income, Social and Religion amongst others). Please consider the quote below as you prepare your answer.


Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

How to Apply: There is no application fee. Applicants must submit a complete Sister Adele Scholarship application and required accompanying documents all at one time. For additional information, please contact Edward Gutiérrez at (503) 537‐0319 ext. 330 or

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Submit to: 
CASA of Oregon
Attn: Edward Gutierrez 
20508 SW Roy Rogers Rd Ste 155 
Sherwood, OR 97140

Application Deadline:

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2016. Hand delivered applications must be delivered by 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2015. Late applications will not be considered; no exceptions.


Click Here for Additional  Scholarship Resources Available!!

Additional scholarship programs are available through the following sources:

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) 

OCF scholarships offered through the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

 The following OSAC scholarships are geared towards first generation immigrant students:

Allcott/Hunt Share it Now II (Code #473)
William E Keene Memorial (Code #674)
Mirabella Employee - Yes Project (Code #672)
William and Florence Schneider (Code #619)

Note: Students can filter through the OSAC catalogue and remove the FAFSA requirement in the search. The results for each scholarship will specifically state whether U.S. citizenship is required or not.

CASA of Oregon also offers the VIDA Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help students pay for school.  The VIDA program allows eligible participants to save up to $3000 and receive up to $9000 in matching grant funds that can be used towards tuition, fees, and school supplies.  For more information go to or email us at 

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