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“Pay attention, appreciate help when you get it, and give back whenever you can!” –Helen Diehl
“My parents were industrious people, and I learned to work hard at an early age,” recalls Helen Diehl, explaining how she wants to assist today’s youth. “I especially want to help those who are trying the hardest—I am interested in knowing that the young people are helping themselves, and that they realize a college education does matter!”
Helen Diehl established the John Conrad Diehl and Madeline Knutsen Hebbard Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor close family—her late husband John and elder sister Madeline, and to support her local community—by helping “those kids I saw growing up around here in Reedsport.”
Her scholarships go to graduates of Reedsport High School, which sits just across Highway 101 and about a mile south of where she has lived since 1951. Since 1992, some 120 Reedsport graduates have received more than $135,000 in scholarships.
Looking back over almost a century of life spent in Reedsport, Helen Diehl has one thing to say to those students her scholarship program has helped for almost two decades: “Pay attention, appreciate help when you get it, and give back whenever you can!” She adds, “Today most especially, I think it’s important that people understand how they have to help each other, and,” she adds with a grin, “know when to say thank you!”