At the 2012 KEA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 30, eighteen (18) scholarship awards totaling $25,000 were presented. Since our first scholarship award in 1990, KEA has given 251 local students financial assistance in attending post-secondary schools, for a total amount of $524,000 in scholarships!
Students pictured here: Front Row from left to right: Daniel Nero, Andie Wall, and Gema Dorado. Back Row from left to right: Bryan Ellsworth, Anna Anderson, Anna Engvall, Arne Schick, Caleb Fish, Manya Wandersee, Trapper O’Niel, Gregory Dehne, and Tanya Kitka. (Not Pictured: Matthew Chavarria, Carolyn Craig, Jennifer Fried, Kalynn Irwin, Mitchell Tacata, and Karsten Schick.)
Support of education and training is one of the seven principles that guide cooperatives in reflecting the best interest of their members. Our scholarship program was designed to offer financial assistance to selected graduating seniors and continuing education students who show leadership potential and the capacity to make a significant contribution to the Kodiak or Port Lions community upon completion of their formal education.
The four categories of scholarships KEA offers are: Academic, Vocational Education, Part-Time Continuing Education, and Full-Time Continuing Education. The amounts and numbers of scholarships awarded by KEA are determined each year through action taken by the KEA Board of Directors. The largest Academic Scholarship is the Marion Soule Scholarship, totaling $10,000 over four years.
KEA’s scholarship funds are disbursed to the financial aid or admission office of the student’s chosen college or university. The funds may be used for registration, tuition, books, room and board. Any funds not used revert back to the KEA Scholarship Foundation.