It was the good news she had been waiting for. She had been awarded the Anne E. and David A. Thompson Family Scholarship through the College of Business, which covers the cost of attendance for four years, including support for experiential learning, professional leadership and development.
“I got up and ran straight into my marketing classroom to tell my teacher,” she says.
Mott’s teacher, Emily Ramberg, cried happy tears and gave her a big hug. Mott also called her mom, then found her anatomy teacher, Paul Romanick, to share the news.
“I felt so proud of myself,” she says. “All the hard work I’ve done up to this point was so beyond worth it.”
In addition to working for the family business, Mott took challenging courses in high school while playing basketball, soccer and lacrosse. She volunteered with an after-school sports program for children and another for kids with special needs to play soccer. She was involved in Beaverton High’s marketing pathway programs, including serving as accountant for the student store and a food delivery service.
As freshman year gets underway at Oregon State, Mott isn’t worried about how she’ll pay for college. Instead, she was busy picking out things for her dorm room. She didn’t have to apply for student loans. She’s making new friends, playing intramural sports and working out at Dixon Recreation Center.
Mott is studying business administration. She wants to participate in student entrepreneur opportunities through the College of Business. She likes the idea of working for herself and doing something she loves, like her parents. She hopes someday to give back to the community like the Thompson family has done for her.
“It means the world to me that the Thompson family chose me for this amazing opportunity,” Mott says. “They helped my family and I in indescribable ways.”