Two Clatsop Community College graduates will each receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Astoria chapter of the American Association of University Women. Kristine Murry and Allison Mattila are the recipients of the AAUW's Outstanding Graduating Woman award for 2004. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship, character and contribution to campus and community life.

Matilla will attend Washington State University this fall, where she intends to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing. Murry will begin work on a bachelor's degree in social work at the University of Portland.

Murry wrote in her application for the award that she was 16 years old when she earned her GED in 2000 and initially had little motivation to attend college. "It took me a year to start Clatsop full time," she wrote, "but once I started, the educational fire in me was lit and could not be put out." Murry has been accepted at the University of Portland, where she intends to earn a bachelor's degree and then go on to earn a master's degree in social work at Fordham/Marymount University in New York.

Mattila will attend Washington State University, where she will complete a bachelor's degree in nursing as preparation for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program at Gonzaga University. She will be the first person in her family to receive a bachelor's degree, she said.

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