‘Count Me In’ kicks off

Ashland, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is kicking off the first day of fundraising to benefit student scholarships.

“Count Me In” is a fundraiser designed to benefit first-generation SOU students. SOU said that more than 15,000 alumni live in the Rogue Valley alone.

The school said Count Me In is a fundraiser designed to bring the community together for a purpose bigger than dollar amounts.

“The actual whole point of the campaign isn’t how much people give, but about participation. so we’d love to reach 500 donors this year. every gift really counts because it’s about the community giving and supporting students collectively,” Chava Florendo said, SOU Annual Giving.

Each scholarship amount for each student averages about $1,500.

If you’d like to donate to Count Me In, you can visit their website, or you can even drop off your donation at the Plunkett Center on the SOU campus. Any donation amount is welcome, Count Me In will close Sunday, the 16th, at noon.

NBC5 News Reporter and Weather Forecaster Nikki Torres graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

She also received a minor in Business Administration from the Washington State University Carson College of Business. Prior to coming to NBC5, Nikki was an intern at KHQ Local News, the NBC affiliate in Spokane.

She comes to Southern Oregon from the state of Washington, where she grew up just south of Seattle. She loves running, exploring the Pacific Northwest, watching a good football game and spending time with her dog, Gisele. True to her roots, Nikki is a proud WSU Cougar fan and loyal Seahawks fan.

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