Bob and Marilyn Ridgley are co-founders of Classroom Law Project. As part of their legacy to Classroom Law Project, the State of Oregon and its youth, they established this generous scholarship for Oregon high school students.
The Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project Scholarship recipient receives
$2,500 each year for four years for a total of $10,000.
The successful applicant:
- participated in a Classroom Law Project (CLP) programs such as, but not limited to, mock trial, We the People (Con Team) or Project Citizen;
- demonstrates financial need;
- has a strong academic background demonstrated by GPA, SAT, or ACT;
- is an Oregon high school senior in good standing;
- has applied and is intending to attend a college or university in the fall. Continuation of the scholarship after the first year will require continued good standing at the college or university attended by the applicant.
- will write an essay (no more than 600 words) about the Classroom Law Project program in which you participated, such as mock trial, We the People (Con Team), Project Citizen, etc., and
• how participation in CLP program(s) changed your views;
• how your background influenced your civic engagement, involvement, or activity; and/or
• how you see yourself as an active citizen in the future.
- It is recommended that applicants should finish their essay before filling out the application and label the file with their first and last name.
Application deadline: on or before Saturday, March 25, 2017
Students from diverse or underserved backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The recipient of the Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project Scholarship will be announced at the applicant’s high school spring senior honors assembly (where applicable) or before.
2016 Scholarship Recipient: Ms. Guadalupe (“Nina”) Lopez, Parkrose High School We the People and Mock Trial Teams
From left to right: Mr. Richard English, Parkrose High School; Ms. Barbara Rost, Classroom Law Project; Ms. Susan Rohol, CLP Board Member and Nike, Inc.; Ms. Guadalupe Lopez, Scholarship Recipient; and Mr. Brian Talcott, CLP Board Member and Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP
On June 6, 2016, Parkrose High School senior Guadalupe “Nina” Lopez received the Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project scholarship, which totals $8,000 toward college tuition. Ms. Lopez is a dedicated daughter and sister, as well as an excellent student with a passion for political science. She participated in Parkrose High School’s We the People and Mock Trial programs. Ms. Lopez intends to study political science and anthropology at college in the fall with the goal of becoming a political strategist. She is well on her way. Congratulations, Nina!
Past Scholarship Recipients:
- 2015: Manaz Rezayee, Parkrose High School We the People and Mock Trial Teams, Portland State University
- 2014: Michael Larios-Grave, Madison High School We the People Team, University of Portland
2015 Scholarship Recipient: Ms. Manaz Rezayee, Parkrose High School We the People and Mock Trial Teams, Portland State University
On June 1, 2015, Parkrose High School senior Ms. Manaz Rezayee received the Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project scholarship, which totals $8,000 toward college tuition. Ms. Rezayee, a Parkrose valedictorian with a 4.2 GPA, is a model student and citizen. She was a member of Parkrose mock trial team during her sophomore year and part of the We the People “Constitution Team” during her senior year. Ms. Rezayee plans to become an OB-GYN doctor and work to improve the health of women and children in Afghanistan.
2014 Scholarship Recipient: Mr. Michael Larios-Grave, Madison High School We the People Team, University of Portland
On June 4, 2014, Mr. Michael Larios-Grave, of Madison High School, was awarded the $8,000 Bob and Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project Scholarship. Board Member John Casey and Executive Director Marilyn Cover presented the award check to Mr. Larios-Grave at the Madison High School Senior Awards Ceremony. UPDATE: Mr. Larios-Grave is now a sophomore at the University of Portland.