Friends of Jody McCaffree (1960 – 2022) are creating a new scholarship through the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation to honor her memory.

Very few people have the courage to dedicate their lives to advocating for social and environmental justice.

Jody McCaffree was one such unique individual. Inspired to serve, Jody spent 30 years of her life as an activist.

She dedicated time to women’s health issues related to hormone replacement therapies, bringing in specialists for education workshops. She was perhaps best known for her research into and efforts to oppose a natural gas terminal and pipeline project through Coos Bay.

Jody passed away in October 2022, after battling cancer. Friends who Jody inspired and worked with over the past 20 years want to honor her memory and activism with a permanent scholarship at Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation.

Jody studied accounting at Southwestern in the 1980s, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She went on determined to continue to acquire knowledge, which became the cornerstone of her activism and work.

This scholarship will assist students who have financial need, and who pursue learning related to community justice and health, ecology, economy and sustainability.


Gifts to the the Jody McCaffree Social & Environmental Justice Scholarship can be made in the following ways:

     1) Online at www.socc.edu/give (put “Jody McCaffree” where prompted for where you would like to allocate your donation)

Give to the Jody McCaffree scholarship online here

     2) Via Mail (send check to the following address with “Jody McCaffree” in the memo line)

SWOCC Foundation
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

For more information about the SWOCC Foundation and how they help “open the door for opportunity” for local students, please visit www.socc.edu/foundation.


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