Surpassing the amount of funding distributed for 2021, the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore plans to offer about $350,000 in awards for students in the Northshore School District as well as nearby universities and colleges in the upcoming year.
John Hughes, executive director of the foundation, said eight new scholarships will be offered in 2022. Students now can access the scholarship application online until Feb. 15. The winners will be announced by May 1.
Since its beginning about 38 years ago, the foundation has distributed almost $4 million in scholarships to more than 2,200 NSD graduates.
“We help graduating seniors boost to their college dreams for a college degree,” Hughes said.
In 2021, he said, the nonprofit awarded 79 scholarships for a total of about $300,000. The foundation will offer financial support to 91 Northshore School District graduates for 2022. About 150 donor partners and supporters will contribute to the selection process, he noted.
He said funds for the scholarships come from community members, families, businesses and organizations around Woodinville, Kenmore, Bothell and North Creek. Each donor partner contributes anywhere between $2,500 to $7,500 per year, he added.
Each donor sets the parameters, requirements and monetary amount for the scholarship. He said the foundation handles the application process, interviews and recognition for the scholarships.
Hughes said scholarship recipients from the foundation have attended 200 different universities and colleges around the country such as Yale University and Arizona State University.
“Financial need is a consideration in the selection process, and we try to also emphasize students who are the first in their family to go to college, or if they're in a financial situation where their family can't support them yet,” he said.
One potential scholarship is the “Beyond the Cloud” Britt Johnston Memorial Scholarship. The $5,000 renewable award is designed for students pursuing the STEM field. Another new award is the Bothell Arts Commission Scholarship for $3,500.
Applicants planning to major in journalism at a four-year college can apply for the Bryant Journalism Scholarship for $5,000.
“There’s a Woodinville resident who used to be at the Seattle Times for many years that is concerned about whether we are going to have enough well-trained journalists that can communicate with the citizens in the future,” Hughes said.
According to the foundation’s website, the C.P. and Dorothy Johnson Humanitarian Scholarship will be awarded to two graduates interested in diversity, equity and inclusion. The Woodinville Rotary Presidents Memorial Scholarship will also present a student with $5,000 in honor of club presidents Steve Dolan, Jerry Wilmot, Marv Workman and Max Zellweger.
“We invite people to help contribute to our Northshore community scholarships,” Hughes said.
To sponsor a scholarship for 2023, contact Ms. Davis at 425-765-3035. Contributions to the nonprofit foundation are tax-deductible.
Candidates can apply to scholarships on the foundation’s website: www.sf-ns.org. Details about the different available scholarships, some of which are renewable, can be found online.