Area residents earn degrees at GFU NEWBERG — Several Polk County residents were among the school-record 725 students who were awarded degrees at commencement ceremonies held at George Fox University May 1-3. Among the local students earning degrees were: Samantha Baldwin of Independence, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Shannon Curtin of Independence, Bachelor of Arts, social and behavioral studies; Rhonda Kutzer of Independence, Bachelor of Arts, social and behavioral studies; Peter Ness of Monmouth, master of education; Mary Pflaum of Monmouth, Bachelor of Science, nursing; Helena Riddell of Monmouth, Bachelor of Science, athletic training; and Martin Robison of Monmouth, Bachelor of Science, psychology. Dallas duo graduates from SWOCC COOS BAY — Two Dallas residents received degrees from Southwestern Oregon Community College when the school hosted its 53rd annual commencement on Friday. McKenzie DeVault received an associate of arts Oregon transfer certificate and an associate of science degree, while Joshua Havig received an associate of science degree. Both DeVault and Havig are 2012 graduates of Dallas High School. Farm Bureau awards scholarships POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Farm Bureau has awarded two $1,000 scholarships this spring. The first, for a graduating high school senior, went to Olivia Miller of Independence. Miller graduated from Central High School on June 6 and plans to major in food science and technology at Oregon State University. The second, for a continuing student, went to Nolan Smith of Willamina. Smith will continue to work toward a degree in agricultural economics at Texas Tech University. Monmouth woman on dean’s list NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Madeleine Witwer-Dukes from Monmouth has been named to the St. Olaf College dean's list for the spring 2014 semester. Witwer-Dukes is an undeclared major. She is a 2013 graduate of Blanchett Catholic School of Salem. The St. Olaf College dean's list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. DRV hands out three scholarships DALLAS — Dallas Retirement Village recently awarded three financial scholarships to students to help them in reaching their educational goals. Recipients were two employees of Dallas Retirement Village: Andrea Nyassi, $1,000, as she pursues a degree in business administration; and Sabra Gramelt, $1,000, who is working on an associate degree in nursing at Chemeketa Community College. Maria McCarthy, a Dallas High School graduating senior, received a $1,500 scholarship to Western Oregon University, where she will begin working on her pre-nursing degree. Dallas grad earns OU recognition NORMAN, Okla. — Austin C. Gish of Dallas has qualified for 2014 spring semester president’s honor roll designation at the University of Oklahoma Norman. Students must earn a 4.0 grade-point average and be enrolled full time in at least 12 credit hours to receive the recognition. Gish is a 2013 graduate of Dallas High. Local graduates from Harvey Mudd CLAREMONT, Calif. — Vivian Wehner of Monmouth received a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Harvey Mudd College on May 18. Wehner attended Harvey Mudd’s Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.