It’s called the “Do Your Best Today” scholarship and is named after Taylur DeWolf, a former Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) student who always strived to help others and to do her best as well.
“The name of the scholarship comes from something we talked about in our home and encouraged her to do,” said Harry DeWolf, Taylur’s father and MHCC instructor. “‘Just do your best today. You may not always feel fully prepared or feel 100 percent, but just do your best. Don’t give up on your plans, don’t quit on yourself, and always finish strong.’”
Taylur passed away in a tragic accident in 2012 while snowboarding on Mount Hood with friends. Her parents created the endowed scholarship in her memory and to encourage others to do well.
“She always liked helping people,” described her father. “She could always tell when a person needed words of encouragement or a hand on his or her shoulder.”
Growing up in Sandy, Taylur volunteered frequently within her community. She tutored elementary school students, participated in church missions, and completed volunteer projects with her Girl Scout troop. In 2007 she was selected as a member of the Sandy Mountain Festival’s Queen’s Court in recognition of her community service. She loved Sandy, even winning a national Fujifilm photojournalism award for her work chronicling the construction of a new disabled veterans’ home in 2010.
“She would have wanted us to help others, to give others this opportunity,” said Grettel DeWolf, Taylur’s mother. “This new scholarship will ensure that she continues to make a difference in the lives of many more deserving and hard-working students in the pursuit of their goals.”
There’s no doubt that Taylur made a difference. Now thanks to her parents, Taylur’s drive to do good and help others, will live on in perpetuity through this scholarship.
You can learn more about scholarships available from the MHCC Foundation at mhcc.edu/Scholarships.
- Taylur DeWolf was an active volunteer in her hometown of Sandy and a driven, passionate student at Mt. Hood Community College.
- A new scholarship available from the MHCC Foundation and the DeWolf family memorializes Taylur and her drive, dedication, and compassion. From left, Judianne Charman, donor relations coordinator with the MHCC Foundation; Al Sigala, executive director of Development and Communications at MHCC; MHCC President Dr. Lisa Skari; and Harry and Grettel DeWolf.