Students desiring to attain a White Pass Scholarship Award submit an application. They each present their educational plan and career path to our interview committee. As a committee, we review transcripts, work history, community activities and student essays followed by individual interviews of eligible applicants. Our job is serious, impartial and unbiased in selecting scholarship recipients. Award decisions are made by the committee according to our bylaws and communicated to students in May/June before graduation, usually at the Senior Tea.
Our monies for scholarships come from:
• Memorial remembrances
• Annual community auction
• Stewardship of other scholarships
• Must be a graduating senior registered in the White Pass School District. This includes home school students.
• Submit a written application including a personal letter
• Complete an interview with a panel of committee members
Awards are based on:
• Commitment to educational goals
• Community service
• School, extracurricular, and community involvement
• Financial need
• Presentation of self
General funds are from annual donations or pledges from businesses, organizations, individuals, and general memorials. These funds have no conditions or criteria attached to the donation and are considered as a General Fund Annual, intended to be awarded in the school year they are donated. Through an application and interview process students receive scores in the above mentioned criteria. Points awarded in these categories are assigned a dollar value from our general fund for disbursement.
Organizations, businesses, or individuals can create an ongoing scholarship. These can contain criteria to guide the scholarship committee in the selection, or they can be open to any eligible applicants.
In honor of a loved one or family member, the White Pass Scholarship Fund can be listed as a designated memorial in an obituary or remembrance. All donors receive acknowledgement and the family will receive notifications of donations made. These donations are typically included in the general fund.
Families or friends may establish a memorial scholarship that is funded and awarded annually. These memorial scholarships may contain specific criteria (a preferred field of study, corner turner, etc.) or they can be open to all qualifying applicants.
In 2019 the White Pass Scholarship Committee established a Legacy Fund. We have set a goal to accumulate $600,000 in this investment account to eventually reduce our reliance on annual fund raising. Our goal is to invest approximately 50% of our annual auction income in this account, if possible, as well as accumulate growth through designated donations.
For a contribution of $25,000 an endowment will be created that allows an annual scholarship to continue in perpetuity. Our treasurer will work with you to guide the process.
In addition to awards for graduating seniors, we also offer a “Fresh Start Scholarship” available to former White Pass High School students who are just beginning their post-secondary education.
Gary Dotson, Kysen Collette, Jordan Koetje, Caitlin Hull, Samantha Short, Luis Cruz
The White Pass Scholarship Committee exists to help graduates in the White Pass School District achieve their post-secondary goals—whether through a trade or vocational school, community college, or university.