Three students received $27,000 in 2017: Jordan, Austin and Fernanda

2017 Joe Loprinzi Scholarship Program Recipients

Each year the Multnomah Athletic Foundation has the privilege of awarding the Joe Loprinzi scholarships. These individuals exemplify dedication to academics, athletics and being an active part of their communities.

Jordan Ashmore
Aloha High School
$6,000 scholarship

Jordan plans to attend and swim for Columbia University with her $6,000 scholarship. Her favorite high school subject was AP US History and earned a 4.44 GPA overall. She competed 6A high school swimming for four years. Jordan as an All-American Athlete was ranked 12th in the US for the 100 Meter Backstroke. She is fluent in Taiwanese and Chinese and being playing the piano since 4 years old.

Athletics means to her: “While I joined the swim team when I was 7 because I loved the water, I learned much more than just how to swim – I learned the keys to success”.

Austin Chang
Sunset High School
$10,000 scholarship

Austin plans to attend UCLA with his $10,000 scholarship. He graduated with a 4.55 GPA and a full IB diploma. His favorite high school subject was IB Biology (assuming lunch does not count). He
competed 6A high school swimming for four years. Austin was the team captain as well as a two-time team MVP. He is a math, english and piano tutor.

Athletics means to him: “Swimming has changed my perspective, whether it be in school or in the pool that I should go beyond the minimum. The more I put into it, the more I get out of it, setting
me higher than I can ever imagine.”

Fernanda Rodriguez
David Douglas High School
$11,000 scholarship

Fernanda plans to attend and swim for Oregon State University with her $11,000 scholarship. She competed in 6A high school swimming for four years and qualified for Junior Nationals for two years. She graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was active in National Honors Society, Student Council and her church choir.

Athletics means to her: “Little did I know that the meaning which stood behind a hole in the ground filled with water would eventually enable me to push myself forward and realize my true strengths in and out of the pool. I learned that a steady schedule was the key to being an A-student and a healthy athlete, which have resulted in meeting my personal goals in swimming and in school.”

With continued support through a $1,000 scholarship each, Chase Howard, a Wilson High school graduate attends Creighton University and Michelle Escobar, a Jesuit High School graduate attends Portland State University.