CORVALLIS - Two Oregon State University students from Grants Pass and Madras have earned four-year scholarships totaling more than $40,000.

Jonathan Klos from Madras and Justin Sandall from Grants Pass will each receive Wal-Mart Stores Competitive Edge Scholarships of more than $20,000.

The Wal-Mart awards are part of OSU's Presidential Scholarship program. Eight of OSU's Presidential Scholars have qualified for the Wal-Mart honors since the program started in 1992.

Both pre-engineering majors, Klos and Sandall start their freshmen terms at OSU this fall. The awards are an effort between OSU and Wal-Mart to boost America's edge in science and technology.

Klos was active in active in cross country, baseball and basketball at Madras High School and is a church youth group program leader.

Sandall was yearbook editor at Grants Pass High School, worked as an academic tutor and was an honorary member of the Grants Pass Urban Area Planning Commission.

Wal-Mart's Competitive Edge Scholarships are awarded to OSU students with top academic standing and community involvement. Funded in part by contributions from Wal-Mart vendors, the fund has grown into one of the nation's largest science and technology scholarship programs.

For information, contact: Elona Bell, University Projects, OSU Development Office, 517 Snell Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-1650.

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Elona Bell, 541-737-1677