CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University master's candidate from Portland (zip code 97202) has earned a $5,000 Oregon Sports Lottery Scholarship.

Evelyn Matheson, in OSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was one of only 25 students offered the scholarship. Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 and are based on merit and need. Applicants are required to be full-time graduate or professional degree-seeking students in good standing.

Matheson's adviser, Annette von Jouanne, Alan Wallace, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Terri Fiez, department head, nominated Matheson for this scholarship.

"She is an extremely hard worker, dedicated to learning and very creative. She honestly ranks in the top 1 percent of students I have taught," Von Jouanne said.

"It is unique for a master's student to work at such a high level so early in her career," Fiez added. "Evelyn is a role model for other students - she brings distinction to this award."

Oregon started its sports action lottery on Sept. 6, 1989, with football tickets. It was the first-of-its-kind sports lottery game in the nation. Academic scholarships receive 12 percent of the proceeds and athletic scholarships receive 88 percent.

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Tina Batten, 541-737-8613