Crescent Valley High School lost a beloved art teacher earlier this year. In her honor and memory, friends and family have set forth plans for a scholarship fund, the Victoria Eastwood Endowment for Students of the Arts.
Victoria Eastwood was a beloved mother, friend, wife, and teacher who passed away in April after a year-long battle with Leukemia. Victoria had an infectious spirit and her laughter could fill a room. She spent 20 years as an art teacher, seven in Colorado and the last 13 at Crescent Valley High School where she taught drawing, painting, photography, jewelry and many other fine arts classes.
At Crescent Valley she inspired students to embrace art and everything that art had to offer. She challenged students to think big, would not accept anything less than their best, and was a straight shooter, all the while showing compassion, kindness and love. Many of her students went on to pursue successful careers in the arts after graduation.
Those who knew Victoria knew that she was not only an amazing teacher, but she was also a role model and a champion to anyone who needed one. She created an environment in which students navigating social and emotional issues found a safe place with support from an understanding adult and someone who would just listen. She was their number one advocate and their biggest cheerleader, and she would do anything she could to help.
The family’s goal is to raise at least $20,000, to be managed in perpetuity by the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation. Each year a graduating senior for Crescent Valley High School who participated in the arts program and learned to appreciate the importance of art will be recognized with a scholarship in Victoria’s name. The endowment will serve as a meaningful annual reminder of Victoria’s contribution to her students.
Victoria’s family and friends invite the community to join them in bringing Victoria’s fund to fruition. Donate online or learn about other ways to donate here. Be sure to mention “Victoria’s Fund” when you contribute.