The Salem Foundation Elizabeth A Hoke Scholarship Fund

The Elizabeth A. Hoke Scholarship was established to honor the legacy and memory of Elizabeth Hoke.

About Elizabeth

September 12, 1999 – September 22, 2017

Elizabeth was born on September 12, 1999 in Silverton, Oregon and spent her entire life living and loving her family’s farm. Elizabeth graduated Valedictorian from Silverton High School in June 2017 and was starting her college career at Western Oregon University focusing on her love for biology. She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Silverton.

Elizabeth enjoyed reading, dancing, singing, spending time with both her family and friends. Her latest passions were drawing, photography and her senior year she played tennis at SHS. She had a true thirst for knowledge and knowing the world. Elizabeth started her travel journeys when she was very young, 6, seeing most of the United States, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. After graduating from Silverton high school, Elizabeth took a month long trip to Southeast Asia. She lived her dreams every day! Elizabeth had the kindest heart that spread joy to everyone she touched. Her smile brought warmth to all it shined on and her words were always filled with gratitude and kindness.  – from The Elizabeth A. Hoke Memorial Trust.  Used by permission.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth was lost tragically in an automobile accident while on her way to her first week of college.

About the Scholarship

  1. Applications are accepted until April 1, 2024.
  2. Mail an official high school transcript, in a sealed envelope, with the school’s seal to:

The Salem Foundation – Elizabeth A. Hoke
c/o Pioneer Trust Bank, N.A.
P.O. Box 2305
Salem, OR  97308

Your official transcript must be postmarked by April 1, 2024.


Must be attending a public or private high school in these Oregon school districts:  Silver Falls School District, North Santiam 29J School District or Mt. Angel School District.  Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited college or university in Fall 2024.


The criteria for selection will be:

1.     Active participation in one of the eight participation areas below (choose one).

2.    Grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Financial need will be taken into consideration but is not a requirement to receive the award.

Relatives of the Scholarship Review Committee are not eligible to receive the scholarship.


There are eight participation areas (see below).  Students are to choose one – and only one – of the participation areas as the area in which they have been most involved or that means the most to them.  One scholarship recipient will be chosen from each participation area.  The amount of each scholarship is $1,000.

Should no applications be received for one or more of the participation areas, the scholarship committee has the discretion to make more than one award from another participation area or to award fewer awards.

This scholarship may be used for tuition, room, board, books and fees, and will be paid directly to your college or university for your benefit.


Choose the one area that means the most to you or in which you have been the most involved.  Your participation in this area may have occurred at school or in the community, or both.

Music – for a student who demonstrates a love for music regardless of chosen college major.

Dance – for a student who understands what it means to dance in the rain and who has an enthusiasm for both life and dance.

Arts – for a student demonstrating a love for and a pursuit of any area of the creative arts.

Foreign Language – for a student who has the intention of putting foreign language skills into action.

Sports – for a student who participated in sports during high school and demonstrated a desire to play hard and give great effort.

Future Farmers of America – for a student who participated in FFA and who exhibits the qualities and characteristics that exemplify the FFA creed.

Valedictorian – for a high school valedictorian who has a strong track record of helping others.

Science – for a female student who plans to major in science.


Any questions regarding this scholarship should be directed to us at

You will receive an automatically generated confirmation email after your application has been successfully submitted.  If you have not received an email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact us immediately.

See Scholarship Information Page for details
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Write a one-page essay explaining why you are applying for this scholarship, the ways you have participated in your chosen Participation Area, and what it has meant to you.
Please list any activities in which you have participated and offices you have held.
Please provide a brief description of your plans to play for college (i.e., loans, grants, financial aid, family support).
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Obtain two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a person not affiliated with your school.
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I understand the application is not complete until I mail my official transcript (see address above)(Required)