Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

ENTERPRISE – Sebastian Hobbs of Lostine is one of just a few Oregon high school graduating seniors to receive the National Merit Finalist Scholarship.

Finishing his high school requirements at Enterprise High in December, Hobbs was accepted to the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. Hobbs said he plans on studying chemistry.

“I have always had a science interest and an engineering interest and I love chemistry and putting things together,” Hobbs said.

A veteran of Lostine’s Mid-Valley Theater productions, Hobbs said he is interested in pursuing theater as well while at Oregon. An avid reader who prefers scientific texts, fantasy novels and science fiction, he said one of the biggest draws of the University of Oregon is the library.

“I look forward to the chance to just walk in there and wander through the stacks of books,” Hobbs said.

The $2,500 scholarship is a small sum compared to the cost of a four-year education, but Hobbs said the prestigious honor may help him attract more scholarships. A scholarship from the University of Oregon is just one he has received and others are pending.

Hobbs said he made the first cut as a National Merit Scholar by scoring well on a test given when students take their PSAT, a practice test for the SAT required by many colleges and universities for admittance.

The next required step in earning the National Merit Finalist Scholarship is to fill out an application, Hobbs said. In all, it was about an 18-month process.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer