Chamber Updates

2020 Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce Kylee Cantu as our 2020 Junior First Citizen

Every year the Mt Angel Chamber of Commerce awards one senior at Kennedy

High School the Jr First Citizen award. This award is given to a student who is

community minded and volunteers in our community. They are engaged in school,

participate in school activities and clubs all while keeping their work and grades a

priority. Kylee Cantu is a perfect example of all these things.

Volunteering is very important to Kylee with over 150 hours given back to the

community. Some local organizations she volunteered with include the Chamber,

Mt Angel School District, Mount Angel Oktoberfest, and North Willamette Valley

Habitat for Humanity! She also participated on the City of Mt. Angel Council as a Youth

Advisory Councilor.

Kylee’s future goals with community service include bringing her experience to

Klamath Falls where she plans to attend OIT and study Medical Imaging Technology.

She is already planning on joining clubs that provide opportunities to volunteer

because she not only wants to improve herself, but it is important to her to serve more

unfortunate individuals and situations.

Principal Dale Pedersen shares that “Kylee is a phenomenal student with an excellent

work ethic”. He also shares that she was well rounded, serving in student government

all four years as well as an active member of their Teen Advisory Board that discusses

issues JFK students face and how to overcome them and also played both volleyball

and softball.

Congratulations Kylee on this well deserved award. We wish you a successful future in

anything and everything you do and we know you’ll make Mt Angel proud!

Please congratulate Ibeth Gomez for winning our Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship

The Mt. Angel Chamber of Commerce established ​The Maureen Ernst Memorial Scholarship​ in honor of our beloved Chamber Board member, volunteer, and friend upon her untimely passing in 2018. This scholarship is funded with proceeds from the Hazelnut Festival, a festival very near and dear to Maureen’s heart. Maureen was a tireless supporter of the Chamber of Commerce and volunteered her time for a wide variety of community activities. The scholarship was established to recognize a Kennedy High School senior who exemplifies Maureen's spirit through donating their time in assisting with community service and school activities.

Ibeth Gomez definitely exemplifies Maureen’s spirit of giving back to her community. Between volunteering, cooperative work experience and participating in school clubs, Ibeth gave almost 400 hours of her time to help others. Some of the organizations she volunteered with include the Chamber, Mount Angel Oktoberfest, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity and Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. She was a member of Leadership, FBLA, Health Occupations Students of America and National Honors Society. And those are just a few of the many groups she was part of.

When asked why community service was important to her she states, “Community service is important because it does not only help the community succeed as a whole, but it also helps students develop essential skills for their future.” “Volunteering is also important because it creates unity in the community that will essentially strengthen, develop, and improve the community as a whole. With that said, being a part of a community is a privilege that everyone should strongly stand for.”

Ibeth’s plans for her future include going to Western Oregon University to attain a Bachelors of Science in nursing. After acquiring her BSN, she plans to further her career and specialize in neonatal nursing.

This award is extra special because it is chosen by the family of Maureen Ernst. We can say on their behalf, that Maureen would be so proud to see all of these amazing students giving back to their community and would be especially proud to see someone as amazing as Ibeth Gomez to win this scholarship.

Congratulations Ibeth on winning this scholarship. We wish you the very best in your future and know you will make us all proud!

Chamber Donation Requests

Your Chamber board and volunteers work hard all year long earning money to give back to our community. Money raised at our annual Hazelnut Fest goes to a scholarship in our longtime and beloved Chamber Board Member, Maureen Ernst’s name. Our two major money makers, Volksfest and Oktoberfest Booth, allow us to complete various community projects like the Tree of Trades, and to give back to our community in the form of donations and sponsorships.

If your group or organization would like to apply for a donation or sponsorship, complete the Donation Request Form and we review requests at our Chamber Board Meeting.


Completed forms can be email to our email address or mailed to PO Box 221. Any questions, please email us at


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