As part of its ongoing commitment to support area students
and the Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) Rodeo Program, the Pendleton
Round-Up Association recently awarded $1,800 scholarships to team members Maddy
Pendergrast and Chase Hansen. The
Round-Up scholarships are awarded annually to members of the BMCC Rodeo Team in
recognition of outstanding academic performance, community leadership and
Highlighting the importance of this longstanding relationship
between the Round-Up and BMCC, Rob Collins, Chairman of the Association’s
Scholarship Committee observed, “We are honored to present these scholarships
to two remarkable student athletes from the BMCC rodeo team.”
Maddy, a third year student from Adrian, Oregon, competes in
barrel racing, breakaway roping, goat tying and team roping. Outside the arena, she has earned a 3.46
grade point average. Maddy’s future educational
plans include transferring to Eastern Oregon University to complete her studies
in Elementary Education after completing her course work at BMCC.
Chase Hansen, son of the late Pendleton Round-Up pick up man
Sonny Hansen, has excelled on the rodeo team.
Competing with twin brother Clayton, he won the 2014 National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Northwest Region Team Roping
Championship. Chase has qualified for
the College National Finals Rodeo in both Team Roping and Tie Down Roping. While at BMCC, Chase is pursuing an
Associate’s Degree in Livestock Production.
BMCC President Cam Preus, noting the value of the college’s ongoing
relationship with the Round-Up, stated, “BMCC is very proud of the partnership
it has with the Pendleton Round-Up, and it’s a tremendous value to our students
who benefit from these generous scholarships”.
The BMCC Rodeo Team program is just one of many scholarships
awarded annually to deserving local students by the Pendleton Round-Up. To learn more about these opportunities,
please contact the Round-Up Office at (541) 276-2553 or visit our web site at