Northshore Scholarship Foundation will announce six new scholarship opportunities at its 29th annual breakfast May 21 honoring recipients of 68 scholarships valued at $152,000. The first student introduced will be the 1,500th recipient of a Foundation scholarship since the program’s inception in 1984.
Students, family and supporters will gather at 7 a.m. at the senior center in Bothell for the public recognition event. The Foundation and its operators — the Rotary clubs of Northshore and Woodinville and the Kiwanis Club of Northshore — manage assets of $1.322 million for 56 sponsors of endowment-style accounts. These accounts provide tuition scholarships annually which range from $1,500 to $7,500.
Newest of the accounts is the Sutherland Family Scholarship for STEM Education established with a $60,000 contribution with the intent of providing an annual, renewable $3,000 scholarship beginning in 2014 for a student pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering or math. The donation was from John B. (Jack) Sutherland who served the Northshore School District Board of Directors from 1965 to 1977.
New grants being made this year are scholarships established by the Greater Woodinville Chamber of Commerce in memory of Frank and Jane Weed; a Northshore Foundation Memorial recognizing several individuals; and by the family of Nan and John Hughes in memory of their daughter Betsey.
Commenting on the STEM education scholarship program, donor Sutherland noted that it is the family’s hope “to increase the number of American citizens who are technically qualified for employment in STEM fields. We are concerned that jobs are going unfilled by those trained in the U.S. because of the lack of training.”
The Sutherlands were long active in public school activities with three graduates of Bothell High School, including daughter Janet (1966) and sons John (1963) and Bob (1972). Janet and John earned doctoral degrees in their fields. Bob died in an accident shortly after high school at the age of 20.
The $1,500 Greater Woodinville Chamber’s scholarship will go to a Woodinville resident pursuing higher education in business, marketing, finance or a related entrepreneurial interest. An auction held earlier this year generated half of the $25,000 needed to establish an account, and the chamber plans to again focus on its scholarship at its 2014 fundraiser.
The $1,500 Weed memorial scholarship was established in memory of Kiwanis member Frank and Jane Weed by their daughter and son-in-law Pam and Northshore Rotarian Ed Belcher of Kenmore.
The Northshore Scholarship Foundation established a $2,000 scholarship for a student interested in the fields of aviation, teaching, special education, public policy or music. The grant is funded by previously established foundation memorials to Darren Lindal, Anna Ferguson Cowles, Kathleen Sanford, Dr. Walter E. Sundstrom and to Chris Lin. (See www.ns-scholarship.org).
The Betsey Advocacy account was established through donations from Woodinville Rotary Club, the Hughes family and memorial contributions made through the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The $1,500 grant will be divided between the Friends of the Hidden River and 21 Acres for summer “youth camperships” in environmental education at Brightwater and for sustainable living projects at 21 Acres in Woodinville.
The sixth new 2013 account will be established by the committee which has organized the Wall of Honor project at Pop Keeney Field in Bothell. The committee will award its first $1,500 scholarship in 2014. The scholarship will follow the Wall of Honor’s intent to recognize Northshore schools’ alumni, staff and faculty who have led exemplary lives of service and career accomplishment and by doing so have inspired young persons to pursue their educational dreams.
Since 1984, the foundation and service clubs combined have award 1,499 grants totaling $2,158,870 to local high school graduates and those attending University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College. total of $3,500.