The Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) awarded 78 scholarships to Bellingham Public School (BPS) students on May 12 at the Dollars for Scholars ceremony hosted at Bellingham High. Across Whatcom County 146 students were awarded $160,000 in scholarships. In addition, $15,000 in renewable scholarships were also awarded to recipients from previous years.
In 2015, the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation pledged $5,865 to the Bellingham Scholarship Fund and 188 BPS staff donated to Dollars for Scholars.
Options High School senior Leonardo Milian was awarded the Options High School scholarship and wrote WCF, “Thank you so much for the scholarship. I’m the first one in my family to pursue higher education. The money will allow me to enroll into Bellingham Technical College’s electrician program.” In the future Milian plans on donating a $2,000 scholarship to a student interested in becoming an electrician.
“Leo is a very quiet intelligent young man who excels in school and sports alike,” said Jami Aeschliman, Options High teacher. “Leo can be depended on to lend a helping hand and is respected by his peers and staff alike.”
Also graduating from Options, Tiffany Abbott received the Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation scholarship.
“She is perceived as a positive role model and leader by her peers as well as the staff at Options High School,” Aeschliman said.
The WCF has sponsored Dollars for Scholars since 1996, and has awarded 1,031 scholarships totaling more than $940,000. Each year the number of scholarships available has increased, and this year nine new scholarships were added to the Dollars for Scholars program, three of which are renewable.
For more information about dollars for scholars, visit WCF’s website.