Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund

Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund

Each year since 1974, the Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Seattle Public Schools and in recognition of students who have overcome significant life challenges to achieve their dreams.

The scholarships are in the amount of $2,000 and are awarded to students each year for tuition expenses at any college or university or vocational training of the student's choice.

The scholarship is funded largely from an annual contribution from the Seattle School Retirees Association, as well as generous donations from community members.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates are selected by school counselors and the Scholarship Fund Committee Trustees.

In order to be eligible to receive a Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund award, the student must:

  • be a graduating senior of a Seattle Public Schools high school during the year the award is awarded,
  • be a current resident of the Washington state, and
  • have demonstrated a certain level of academic achievement and potential for college success.

Selection Criteria

Consideration is given to the following criteria in determining both the candidates and recipients of the Seattle Schools Scholarship Awards:

  • financial need
  • recognizable contribution to their school and/or the community
  • performance in academic pursuits
  • candidates have overcome significant life challenges to obtain a high school diploma.

Scholarship Committee

Eleanor Toews(Chair)

Eric Benson (Vice-chair)
Michael DeBell
Linda Ellingboe
Leslie Harris
Myrna Muto
Barbara Peterson
Kathie Pham
Clara Scott
Dietrich A.C. Schmitz
Richard Staudt

Consultants
Ronald D. Boy (Legal)
Erma M. Hill (Financial)

History of the Scholarship Trust Fund

The Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund was established in 1974 to provide financial assistance to deserving graduates from Seattle Public Schools for first year college related expenses. The major goal of the fund is to reward students who have overcome significant life challenges to obtain a high school diploma and who might not ordinarily be considered for a higher education scholarship.

These non-renewable awards of $2,500 each are distributed among young men and women from both traditional and alternative high schools in Seattle Public Schools who reflect the diverse ethnic population of the school district. Awards are disbursed directly to the institution.

Scholarship Fund Sources

An annual $6,000 contribution from the Seattle School Retirees Association (SSRA) has benefited the fund significantly over the years.

Donations have come from many sources including district employees and the community.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Fund in 1974, the number and amounts of scholarships granted has increased to 26 scholarships of $2,00 each.

The 2017 ceremony will honor former Franklin High School teacher and longtime fund trustee Phil Konkel who passed away last year. His passion and tireless efforts dedicated to the success of the students of Seattle and the Scholarship Fund will be greatly missed. His legacy lives on through a generous bequest to the Fund of nearly $200,000.

In 1983 Superintendent Donald Steele recorded an album with country singer Tammy Wynette. All proceeds ($90,000) from its sales were directed to the Scholarship Fund.

In 1999 the fund increased by $11,000 when contributions in honor of long-time school board member, Ellen J. Roe were made upon her retirement.

In 2004, Nora B. Adams, former teacher and principal in Seattle Public Schools, left a bequest of nearly $600,000 to the Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund. Nora B. Adams (1928-2004) was a teacher at  Shareples Jr. High and T. T. Minor Elementary and served as principal at T. T. Minor, Bryant, Sacajawea, Dunalp, Seward Elemenary Schools

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