For the past 20 years, the Bellingham Association of School Employees union known as BASE has been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.
The scholarships have grown from one $300 scholarship to three $1,000 scholarships. Each year BASE members create and donate baskets to be raffled off. The proceeds go to supporting the scholarship fund.
“Members at each school and the District Office work together to create a basket and over the years it has become a friendly competition to create the ‘best’ basket,” said BASE co-president and career/vocational guidance assistant, Connie Kelly.
Students apply for the scholarships and are selected by BASE members. Students must demonstrate academic achievement, have clear goals and a strong work ethic. Scholarship recipients and their families are invited to the annual BASE social where they are celebrated for their accomplishments.
“BASE employees work closely with students and are invested in their success,” Kelly said. “We understand the importance of continuing education and hope our efforts may encourage students to pursue post-high school education which can change their lives.”
This year’s scholarship recipients were Options senior Jasmin Moreno and Bellingham seniors Alexander Bonesteele and Emilyn Garfias.