Richard "Obie" Oberweiser Memorial SCHOLARSHIP

Richard “Obie” Oberweiser was a beloved father, brother, son, friend, and mentor. When asked how his day was going, he would answer, “way above average” even at the end of his short, but remarkable life. He passed away on February 18, 2018, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. His life was dedicated to healthcare, often as a first responder. Whether it was during his hours working as an EMT-I on an ambulance or on a helicopter with the St. Vincent Hospital HELP LIFE flight team, he was passionate about medicine. His service didn’t stop when he was off duty. He was frequently seen providing first responder care on accident scenes around town and working as a volunteer firefighter. He was known to be kind and loving, whether those in his care were the smallest of children or the eldest of their families. His medical kit always included stuffed animals for the littles. He was usually able to put a smile on patients’ faces with his incredible sense of humor. Obie never hesitated to be the first in or the last one out of an emergency; his bravery and leadership are admired and spoken of often by his colleagues. Obie’s family has established this scholarship to honor his memory and help students explore careers in first responder emergency services.

Application Opens: January 1st
Application Due Date: June 1st

  1. Be a graduating Senior from Chelan or Douglas County
  2. Have a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  3. Pursuing a career in first responder emergency services



Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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