Community Foundation scholarship application deadline approaching

Ready to take that next step in education? Grays Harbor Community Foundation might help you get there.

“The deadline is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to apply for both New and Renewal Scholarship awards.” says Cassie Lentz, Program Officer of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. The deadline for applying for both new scholarships and renewing previous awards is March 15. Applications are available at http://gh-cfscholarships.egrant.net.

New applicants and those who have never used the online eGrant system to apply for scholarships will need to create a new account before logging in to work on the application.

Last year the Grays Harbor Community Foundation received more than 400 applications and awarded 265 yearly scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,250. “This year we are pleased to be able to award even more scholarships, and have added many new scholarship opportunities,” Lentz said. This year also marks the first time two new and unique awards are available: The Dr. John F. and Ella Mae Daly Memorial Scholarship supports students pursuing graduate work in Dental School, previously not an option for scholarship support, and the Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship offers $20,000 per year in funding for a student attending UPS.

Community Foundation scholarships are available to students who graduated from a Grays Harbor or Pacific county high school and are residents (or are dependents of a parent who is a resident) of Grays Harbor or Pacific county. Some of the scholarships were established to provide scholarships for students graduating from a particular school, attending a particular college or university (such as Grays Harbor College), or for a particular field of study (such as medicine), but many of them are limited only by a few general requirements.

The awards are available to students at any level of post secondary education and those who are going to school after a time in the work force. Scholarships for vocational school are also available.

The minimum requirements simply stated are: Applicants must enroll as a full-time student (12 credits minimum) at an accredited college, university or trade school, and are more likely to be considered if they have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (or its equivalent B average). Beyond meeting these basic requirements, each applicant should exhibit outstanding character, a proven work ethic and the promise of useful citizenship. These more qualitative judgments will be based on the applicant’s personal essay, letters of recommendation and other information provided through the application.

All previous recipients may request renewal by submitting an update and copy of their official transcript via the online application system each year to continue receiving a scholarship (for up to four years).

Many of the named scholarships are in memory of local leaders and citizens, but some were established as perpetual memorials for family members.

Scholarship applicants will be notified by mail in early May about the status of their application. Recipients are celebrated at a Scholarship Breakfast, to be held this year on Wednesday, May 28, at the Simpson Plaza in Hoquiam where students can meet some of the donors who made their awards possible, as well as board members of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. Family, friends and educators of recipients are welcome to recognize these awardees’ accomplishments.

If you have any interest regarding applying for a scholarship, making a donation to an already existing scholarship or setting up a scholarship, please contact Cassie Lentz at (360) 532-1600, cassie@gh-cf.org or P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550.


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