At the 2014 KEA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, April 21, eighteen (18) scholarship awards totaling $35,000 were presented. Since our first scholarship award in 1999, KEA has given 286 local students financial assistance in attending post-secondary schools, for a total amount of $594,000 in scholarships!
Students pictured here: Front Row from left to right: Trevor Nelson, Nancy Castro, Courtney Ibabao, and Maryann Sison. Back Row from left to right: Hannah Fish, Sydney Jo Morton, Hunter Nelson, Sara Thomas, Joong Lee, Will Dumm, LeeAnn Schmelzenbach, and Alyssa Aga. (Not Pictured: Samantha Jones, Joshua Medina, Jacqueline Monge, Bryan Rivera, Michael Smith, and Mitchell Tacata.)
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 $12, 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.