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2018 APPLICATION

In the spring of 2018 the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund will award a $5,000 college scholarship to a female student enrolled in the senior class at Mercer Island High School and at Rainier Beach High School.

DEADLINE for RECEIPT of ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS IS MARCH 15, 2018. 

The scholarship is awarded to college-bound students who demonstrate commitment to the values and goals embodied in the life and work of Stanley Ann Dunham, a 1960 Mercer Island High School graduate, anthropologist and mother of President Obama. These goals and values include:

  • Serving low-income and marginalized people and communities around the world
  • Promoting social justice and the rights of women
  • Organizing and empowering communities
  • Respecting and understanding diverse cultures
  • Demonstrating rigorous and socially relevant academic work

The Scholarship Selection Committee, appointed by the Board of Directors of the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund, will determine an applicant’s commitment to Dunham’s values and goals based on demonstrated leadership, independent initiative in community service, extracurricular activities, academic achievement and college plans.

ALL materials (application, references and transcript) MUST BE RECEIVED by MARCH 15, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application!

For questions or concerns, see the separate FAQ page or contact us.

2018 STANLEY ANN DUNHAM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

INSTRUCTIONS

Required Documents:

  • Information form and personal commitment essay
  • High school transcript
  • Two letters of reference. One reference must be from outside of MIHS or RBHS.

Where to find the application:

  • Electronic copy: washboard.org
  • Hard copy: print application below or available at your school’s counseling office

Submission:

  • Electronically on washboard.org
  • In postal mail to: Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund, 7683 SE 27th St., #102, Mercer Island, WA 98040-4124

PERSONAL INFO

First Name: __________________________ Last Name: ___________________________

Street Address: _____________________________ City: _______________ State: ___ Zip: _______

Home Phone: ___________________ Cell Phone: ____________________ Email: ________________

Parents’ names, address (if different from above) and phones:

____________________________________________________________________________________________

HS Graduation year: ________________ GPA: __________________ ACT: _______

SAT: Reading:________ Writing ______ Math ______ Total: ________

Significant Community Service Projects or Experiences (List below or on a separate page: one page only.) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Academic Interest in College or Intended Major: Please write up to a paragraph here about how your passion and interests shape your choice of a future course of study:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Names and emails of two persons submitting Reference Letters (One reference must be from outside of school.): Please remind your references that their letters must be received no later than March 15.

1.___________________________________ 2. _______________________________________

(Optional)  Given your family’s current economic situation, describe how this scholarship would help you: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

PERSONAL COMMITMENT ESSAY:

In 500 words or less, describe your service work experiences, any life challenges you have faced or other significant events that have been pivotal in shaping who you are today. Describe how you think these experiences reflect the beliefs and values embodied in Stanley Ann’s life and work, which are discussed in the following articles:

A Free-Spirited Wanderer who shaped Obama’s Path

Dreams from His Mother

A Woman of the People

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT:

I, _____________________, hereby grant the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund permission to use my likeness in a photograph, video or other digital media in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications and promotional materials. 

Applicant’s Signature: _____________________________________ Date: ____________________

DEADLINE for RECEIPT of ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS IS MARCH 15, 2018.