SJICF Awards $177k in Scholarships, Academic Awards

FHHS Inskeep Scholarship recipients Payton Brooks, Siri Lindstrum, Ava Hoffman, Thea Seitz, Jayna Ott, Maxwell Mattox, Julian Brown and Victoria Polda. (Not pictured: Aida Must) – SJICF photo

Another end of the school year signals a new scholarship awards season at the San Juan Island Community Foundation! Over the last few months, SJICF has awarded $177,000 in college scholarships and awards to 39 local students for the 2019-2020 school year.

SSIS Inskeep Scholarship recipients Georgia Smith and Matthew McElrath – SJICF photo

9 graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and 3 from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships from funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. 25 previous recipients were also awarded one-year renewals and new scholarships.

Students are selected each year based on their financial need, level of academic achievement and community involvement. 3 funds are awarded based on intended field of study.

The 2019 scholarship recipients are:

John Volk Memorial Scholarship

  • Julian Brown – Santa Clara University
  • Isabella Davis – Wellesley College

Marcia L. Zakarison, MD Scholarship

  • Payton Brooks – Whitworth University
  • Thea Seitz – University of Puget Sound

SJI Community Foundation Scholarship

  • Emma Schroeder – Skagit Valley College & Western Washington University
  • Genevieve Gislason – Western Washington University
  • Lydia Downs – Missoula College
  • Gavin Guard – University of Colorado
  • Blythe Parker – Midwives College of Utah
  • Joseph Stewart – Gonzaga University
  • Sierra Truesdale – Seattle University

Joanie Komen Scholarship

  • Emma Schroeder – Skagit Valley College & Western Washington University

Inskeep Legacy Scholarships – New Awards (Renewable for 4 Years)

  • Payton Brooks – Whitworth University
  • Julian Brown – Santa Clara University
  • Ava Hoffman – Western Washington University
  • Siri Lindstrum – Whitman College
  • Maxwell Mattox – Washington State University
  • Matthew McElrath – Western Washington University
  • Aida Must – Washington State University
  • Jayna Ott – University of Puget Sound
  • Victoria Polda – Colorado School of Mines
  • Thea Seitz – University of Puget Sound
  • Georgia Smith – Pacific Lutheran University

Inskeep Legacy Scholarships – Renewed Awards

  • Diego Anderson – Rhode Island School of Design
  • Isabella Brown – Santa Clara University
  • Eli Cooper-West – University of Washington
  • Griffin Cuomo – Chapman University
  • Zachariah Fincher – University of Washington
  • Kai Herko – Clark University
  • Savannah Hoffman – Western Washington University
  • Hayden Mayer – Western Washington University
  • Alexa Mora – Central Washington University
  • Tenley Nelsen – Seattle Pacific University
  • Laurel Robertson – Digipen Institute of Technology
  • Ana Sanabria Velazquez – Western Washington University
  • Emma Schroeder – Western Washington University
  • Madeline Schroeder – Seattle University
  • Thomas Synoground – Washington State University
  • Nayaleah Tucker-Belt – Western Washington University
  • Vida Wright – Western Washington University
  • Echo Wood – University of Washington
  • Kiana Woods – University of Idaho

At the Friday Harbor Middle School 8th grade promotion event on June 13rh, 2 students received the Deanna J. Anderson Legacy Fund award. Each year, this award is given to 2 young women excelling in the areas of math and/or science. The 2019 winners were Islay Ross for science and Ari Tucker-Belt for math.

Carrie Unpingco, Executive Director of SJICF said, “One of the most important and gratifying services we provide to our community is our scholarship program. These scholarships change the lives of our students and their families. We’re so grateful for Jerry Inskeep’s legacy gift and for the many donors who have donated 100% of the scholarship funds. Because of their amazing generosity, the Foundation can provide scholarships to local students in perpetuity.”

Established in 1994, SJICF is celebrating 25 years of success in granting funds to local nonprofits and providing scholarships to local students through the generosity of donors who wish to improve the quality of life on San Juan Island. SJICF’s mission is the help the San Juan Island community thrive through inspired and informed generosity and the Foundation’s trusted stewardship. To learn more, visit

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 5:52 am by

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