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 & Marilyn Ridgley Classroom Law Project Scholarship recipient
receives $2,500 each year for four years for a total of $10,000.
Determination. If there’s one word that comes to mind when describing Alyssa Bailey, that’s it. Cheerful, optimistic, and confident, this recent Jefferson High School graduate is determined to make her mark on the world – and to make the world better in the process.
A woman with a strong work ethic, Alyssa successfully juggled both sports and academics. Then, as if volleyball and dance wasn’t enough, when a favorite teacher asked her to add mock trial to her load, she thought, “why not?” Maintaining a near-perfect GPA throughout high school, it’s clear that hard work and a willingness to stretch her comfort zone are central to who she is.
Participating in mock trial added a new set of skills. Alyssa says that with each trial, her confidence and public speaking skills grew. She learned that she could walk into a situation where she did not know a lot and find a way to be successful. While fiery courtroom drama eventually lost its allure, her “love of fighting for justice didn’t.”
Seeking a way for her school to celebrate diversity, she co-established the Intersectionality Committee. She envisions a day rich with discussion, dance, and film and, while the dream is not yet realized, she is proud of the foundation she has established for future students.
Alyssa is headed to American University in Washington, D.C., where she will pursue a major in International Studies with a linguistics focus. She aims for a career in public service, perhaps running for Congress and being a “true representative if the people, looking for common ground to achieve successful results.” The gleam in her eye and subtle smile suggest that her determination can make it happen.