Seneca awards two $5,000 scholarships to employees’ children

May 4, 2020

This year, for the first time, Seneca implemented two new $5,000 scholarships for the child or grandchild of a Seneca employee. The news could not have come at a better time for our recipients, Lauren Johnson and Tianna Evans, who are missing their senior prom, “grad all-nighter”, and graduation, due to quarantine.

Lauren with mother Jennifer Johnson

Lauren Johnson, daughter of Jennifer Johnson (Senior Accountant), is planning to play soccer at Western Oregon University and major in Accounting, following in her mother’s footsteps. She enjoys math and says it’s a nice challenge, however, she does not want to be one of those people who lives to work. Lauren and her 15-year-old sister, Emily are keeping busy during their quarantine baking homemade breads, drying fruit, running, and visiting parks. Lauren says she and her sister Emily may bicker, but they are best friends.

Lauren thought she was in trouble when her mom sat her down to deliver the good news about her scholarship. She admits she was very nervous writing the application essay because she has never been confident in her writing. Lauren is so happy to be a chosen recipient, and very grateful to those who helped her.

Tianna Evans, stepdaughter to Rocky Ray Hanson (Mill A Shovel Operator), is graduating from Creswell high school, attending Lane Community College in the fall. “I cried when I found out I won the scholarship. I was very surprised.” Tianna gushed.

Tianna is one of five children. Her mother runs a daycare and Tianna loves helping and taking care of kids. She grew up riding quads, camping, and enjoys baking; mostly treats. She described her recent creation to be a caramel crumble peach pie from scratch. Tianna is already signed up for classes at LCC and most looking forward to Women

Tianna Evans

in Transition: a class designed to empower women to become economically self-sufficient, confident, clear, and have a sense of genuine well-being.

Seneca is excited and proud to invest in these two very special individuals. We congratulate them and have high hopes for their futures.