Hooker Creek Ranch Scholarship
2010-2011 Recipient: Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca, a Gonzaga junior, is studying abroad this year. The town of Volendam in the Netherlands, where this shot was taken, is quite a contrast to her hometown of Monroe, Oregon.
"I actually attended high school in Junction City, a small town nearby, but Monroe is even smaller. My family and I have lived there for almost 15 years now. My dad works in another city called Halsey about 45 minutes away and is a maintenance supervisor at a local mill. My mother works in Junction City."
Rebecca maintains that living in a small town definitely has its advantages: "Until coming to Gonzaga, I had gone to school with the same kids since I was in preschool, so we have formed a very strong bond. The community is very friendly as it seems that everyone knows each other."
So why did she choose to come to Gonzaga? "Because, after being in a small town all my life, I wanted something a bit bigger, but not too big. Gonzaga was the perfect size for me and was away from home but not too far. I can drive home on the weekends if I want to or fly home in a short time."
Rebecca is a Political Science major, and is also minoring in Criminal Justice and General Business. She plans to pursue a legal education after earning her undergraduate degree, and wants to become a lawyer.
She says she treasures every moment of her time at Gonzaga, even when she's away from campus. "I love everything about Gonzaga. I love the size of the University, the classes, the teachers, and my classmates. I have had the best time over the past two years and actually really miss being there this semester as I am studying abroad! It is a great school."
Rebecca is very grateful for her scholarship support: "College is an exceptional opportunity, and I feel so blessed to be able to attend. Every penny helps and I cannot thank the donor who established my scholarship enough. Someday I hope that I will be able to do the same for another student at Gonzaga."