Application period for 2018 Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship now open

January 8, 2018 | by Julia Hess

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2017 recipients. Photo Credit: Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund

Calling all 2018 graduating senior women at Mercer Island High School! The application period is now open for this year’s Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship.

About the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund
Stanley Ann Dunham was a 1960 graduate of Mercer Island High School and the mother of President Barack Obama. She became a pioneering anthropologist in the area of microfinance, helping to create sustainable businesses for people in marginalized communities around the world – especially women.

The Fund was created in 2010 and has awarded 14 scholarships to senior women at Mercer Island High School in the past eight years, and as of 2017, it awarded its first scholarship to a senior at Rainier Beach High School.

The new scholarship, sponsored by an anonymous donor, fits into a structured program at Rainier Beach High School that helps seniors pursue higher education. This program, the Point of Destination Secured – known as PODS – places a “pod” of five to seven seniors under the mentorship of a college student at the University of Washington’s Dream Project.

Learn more about the past recipients of this scholarship on their website.

2016 recipients. Photo Credit: Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund

About the Scholarship
The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund is currently accepting applications, and college-bound senior women at Mercer Island High School (MIHS) and Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) are invited to apply.

A $5,000 college scholarship will be awarded to two female students currently enrolled in the senior classes at MIHS and at RBHS who demonstrate a commitment to the values of social activism, global service, and educational excellence that Dr. Dunham practiced in her life and work.

You can submit the application online at thewashboard.org. (Input a search for the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship.) Or you can mail a hard copy of the application, available at the MIHS’ Counseling Office, or download a copy on the website at stanleyanndunhamfund.org/apply.

Materials must be submitted by March 15, 2018.
Learn more about the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship fund at www.stanleyanndunhamfund.org.

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