Every year, the Eastside Windermere Foundation accepts scholarship applications for high school seniors headed off to college as well as returning college students. We make a point to assist as many students as we can achieve their educational and career goals, especially those who are community focused, academically driven, and in need of a helping hand by way of an educational scholarship.
This year, we had more than 30 scholarship applications from students in the area. Applications came from local high schools such as Secondary Academy for Success, Newport High School, Oliver M. Hazen High School, Lake Washington High School, Redmond High School, Eastside Academy, Emerson High School, Interlake High School, Juanita High School, Woodinville High School, and Issaquah High School. There were also a few post-secondary schools represented such as Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Bellevue College, and Washington State University Vancouver.
Some of the main qualities we look for in scholarship recipients are financial need, leadership skills, community involvement, and academic success. While we look forward to supporting the students who have consistently performed well in the classroom, we also want to help the students who have worked hard to improve their grades and are looking forward to continued improvement in their college and university classes. Some of the most influential students we want to support are those who have already given back to their communities through continuous volunteer efforts.
This year we have selected 21 outstanding students who have represented these traits. An education is one of the most powerful tools a young person can have at their disposal, and it gives us great pleasure to be able to assist as many as we can in achieving their educational goals. With this financial support, we can assist students on the Eastside to go on to become doctors, engineers, technicians, artists, business owners and more.
The most important goal felt among members of the Eastside Windermere Foundation is to let these students know their dreams and goals matter. That no matter what hardships they may have faced, their educational aspirations are important and worthy. We chose these scholarship recipients to help them achieve their goals so that they may make a difference in the lives of others.
Congratulations to the Eastside Windermere Foundation scholarship recipients of 2015!