Each month TCF awards its High Desert Hero to recognize an outstanding Central Oregon high school senior. Nominations are accepted by the Board of Directors, and at their monthly Board meeting one senior is selected as that month’s High Desert Hero. A scholarship program established to recognize the outstanding local youth, each High Desert Hero is honored with a radio profile on Horizon Broadcasting Group’s five radio stations and a television highlight on Bendbroadband stations. Additionally, the student is awarded a $250 mini-scholarship sponsored by Bigfoot Beverages, a gift certificate to a local retailer, and is presented with a medallion. At the end of the school year the nine High Desert Heroes are eligible to compete for the prestigious William K. Worrell $5,000 scholarship. High Desert Heroes and all scholarship winners for the year are honored at the annual “Salute to Heroes” awards dinner hel in May.
The High Desert Hero program focuses attention on the student leaders in Central Oregon that exude superlative personal attributes. To be selected students must demonstrate:
- A 3.5 or higher GPA
- A leadership role in high school extra-curricular activities
- Citizenship through community involvement, respect for others, and recognizable volunteer efforts.
Nominations must be submitted by the 10th of each month to be eligible for the following HighDesert hero month. Because the foundation scholarship process culminates at the May scholarship dinner, the Board will only accept nominations for High Desert Heroes until February 5th.