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Shyala Dollemore

Shayla Dollemore

An R.A. Long High School senior earned a $26,000 annual scholarship to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma — along with the opportunity to compete for more money later this month.

Shayla Dollemore is one of 127 PLU President’s Scholarship recipients this academic year. The award is one of the top academic and leadership scholarships offered by the university, according to a university news release. (About 3,100 students total attend PLU, and about 500 high school seniors applied for the President’s Scholarship this year, according to the news release.)

The scholarship winners are selected based on academic achievement, service and leadership, as well as the potential to effect positive change and leadership in both the academic and co-curricular life of PLU, the news release says.

Dollemore, 17, currently has a 3.99 GPA, she said. She is the vice president of three student organizations at R.A. Long and volunteers at St. John’s Medical Center in Longview.

She wants to pursue a nursing degree with specialization in trauma, she said.

“I’ve chosen nursing because I like to be busy and I like being on me feet,” Dollemore said. “I like caring for others, and I’ve always done that through leadership in high school.”

She’s deciding between PLU, Seattle University and Gonzaga University for their nursing programs, she said, but she “really likes PLU because both of my parents actually went there.”

“It’s kind of a legacy they left for me, which I think is really cool,” Dollemore said.

Dollemore will join the other President’s Scholars on PLU campus later this month to interview and compete for additional financial aid, including one of ten $31,000 annual scholarships or one of five full-tuition scholarships.

“It’s nice to know (PLU) knows that financing college is very important, and to know I’m not going to have as much debt as I potentially could is really helpful,” Dollemore said. “I’m also honored to know they like who I am as a person.”

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