Natalie Vincent and Layne Converse

Natalie Vincent and Layne Converse

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SIXES — Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and Pacific High School announced that Pacific High School seniors Layne Converse and Natalie Vincent are the recipients of the first-ever Jim Seeley Memorial Scholarship. 

Jim Seeley, who passed away in January, was the longtime Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance and an advisor for Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. 

WRCA was a labor of love for Jim, and he soared in his role of bridging community need with leadership and grant assistance. 

To honor Jim’s legacy, Mike Keiser created the Jim Seeley Memorial Scholarship. The annual scholarship is awarded to one male and one female high school student in the WRCA service area, which includes high schools in Brookings-Harbor, Gold Beach, Port Orford-Langlois, Bandon, Coquille, Myrtle Point, and Powers. 

Each scholarship given is a four-year renewable full-tuition scholarship worth $80,000.

Recipients of this scholarship have shown outstanding character, high academic achievement, and demonstrate collaborative ability as a team member throughout their high school years. 

“We are excited for both Layne and Natalie,” stated Krista Nieraeth, principal of Pacific High School. “This scholarship is a huge honor for them and their families. Being chosen for this scholarship shows the type of students and people Layne and Natalie are and we are so proud of them.” 

Both students will attend Oregon State University in the fall. Layne has been accepted into OSU Honors College and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Natalie intends to major in kinesiology, with the hope of attaining her doctorate in physical therapy.

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