Alaina Carson is an SILG Scholarship Recipient, receiving an EOU Continuation Scholarship for 2020-2021. Alaina is from La Grande and would like to recognize her family
for always being so encouraging and raising her to strive to be a hard worker, and most
of all her fiance who supports her in all of her hopes and aspirations.
Alaina plans to complete her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Oregon University and major in Health and Human Performance with a Concentration in Community Health, then continue her education in graduate school to become a certified Dietician.
When asked why this career, Alaina said: “I participate in softball at EOU. From my sport and courses in school I have become very interested in health. Specifically, the two classes that motivated me the most to pursue this degree were Anatomy & Physiology with Dr.
Shaun Cain, and Nutrition with Dr. Kyle Pfaffenbach. I also volunteer at Heart N’ Home
Hospice and Palliative Care and I have seen my patients’ health deteriorate, and some
of that is due to a poor diet early in their adulthood. Therefore, I’m pursuing a degree in
Dietetics to educate individuals how to live a healthy lifestyle.”
This summer Alaina plans to obtain a part-time job to save up money for the
upcoming school year. Alaina is also getting married in September and is very excited to
start life with now-fiance/then-husband (Lewis Wright). Alaina also has a raft trip planned with family and friends down the Deschutes River.
When asked “What have you learned about yourself in recent months?” Alaina responded with, “I have found it to be a big transition adjusting to the lifestyle of a college athlete. Before the remainder of my season was cancelled I finally found a routine where I was able to get enough sleep, finish my studies, and work hard for a starting position on my sports team. But now I am very excited to take on my Sophomore year as a college athlete.”
In closing, Alaina says she is very thankful for the La Grande Soroptimist organization for financially supporting a variety of people through their education. “Thank you for your time and dedication to the amazing community of Union County!”