Between her upbringing in a military home and marriage to an executive with corporate Ford Motor Company, Founder and President Meri Kerekanich moved every two to three years of her life, so she understands the emotional imperative of connecting with the community once your home is identified.
After establishing roots in the Willamette Valley with the purchase of Newberg Ford and her thriving real estate business, Meri was determined to form a group that nurtured the need of women to feel connected to their community and to provide a forum to help them establish personal and professional relationships while learning about and promoting the community in which they all live. WOW is the result of this experience and passion.
From this, The Cathy Stoller Memorial WOW Scholarship was created to help grow the next generation of WOW women by providing funds to further the education of a deserving young woman from the Willamette Valley.
Cierra Weger was the 2020 Cathy Stoller WOW Scholarship winner.
"This scholarship will give me the opportunity to finish up my final two terms for my criminal justice degree. This means that I will be one step closer to pursue my dreams of being in law enforcement. Although a degree is not a requirement of entry level positions within law enforcement, I have always strived to be the best person I can be..."
Connecting-People-Property-Community is more than just a slogan; it is the essence of how Meri does business. Meri founded WOW with a determination to form a group nurturing like-minded women in the Willamette Valley.
- Meri Kerekanich
The Kelly Group
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