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North Clackamas Education Foundation announces new chemistry scholarship
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Wednesday March 2, 2016 - 2:03 PM
 
The North Clackamas Education Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship for graduating seniors at Milwaukie High School beginning next year. The Judith Ann (Smith) Hill Chemistry Scholarship was established to address the underrepresentation of women in chemistry by supporting female students who demonstrate interest, talent and passion for chemistry. In its inaugural year, the award will cover cost of tuition and fees for a woman to graduate with a four-year degree in chemistry from an Oregon university. Ken Hill gifted a generous donation in memory of his wife and her personal college experience.

Judy graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1961. To pursue her love of chemistry, Judy chose to attend an Oregon university with an excellent science reputation. "Unfortunately, during her freshman year her chemistry professor let the class know that he didn't feel girls should be in the field of science," said her husband, Ken. "After continual badgering, Judy changed her major to education, one of the more acceptable professions for a girl. This was quite common during the 1960s."

Judith Ann Smith was born in 1942 in Portland and attended Wichita and Oak Grove Schools. At Milwaukie High School (MHS) she fell in love with the sciences, especially chemistry. Judy was a successful student during her time at MHS. She was President of the Girls' League, a National Merit Scholar and was selected Girl of the Year and Most Likely to Succeed by her fellow classmates.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Judy taught school in the Seattle area. Judy and Ken met during this time. Judy passed away in July 2014 from cancer. The scholarship was established with a $50,000 gift from Ken Hill in loving memory of his wife.

You may submit memorial gifts to North Clackamas Education Foundation, P.O. Box 595, Clackamas, OR 97015 or through the website: http://www.nc-foundation.org. Please contact Olivia Thomas at 503-353-6053 or ncfoundation@nclack.k12.or.us if you would like more information.