2020 Lake Chelan Rotary Scholarships

Lake Chelan Rotary has a long history of supporting educational opportunities for youth by providing scholarships for students in the Lake Chelan Valley.  These scholarships are given to Chelan and Manson students to pursue a post high school education at colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. 

The scholarships are made possible through the fundraising efforts of Lake Chelan Rotary and generous donors.  They are administered through Lake Chelan Rotary 501(c)3 known as: Lake Chelan Rotary Community and International Fund (The Fund).

Available Scholarships

Lake Chelan Rotary will award two $2,500 academic scholarships.  One will be given to a Chelan graduating senior and one to a Manson graduating senior. These scholarships are for students intending to pursue a traditional four year college or university degree.   

Lake Chelan Rotary will award four $2,500 scholarships to students planning on pursuing career and technical (CTE) degrees, certificates and credentials at accredited trade/technical schools.  Two will be given to Chelan graduating seniors and two to Manson graduation seniors.

Lake Chelan Rotary will award one four year scholarship and one two scholarship.  The Shine On scholarships are specifically intended to assist graduating seniors who have overcome significant adversity in life and have reached their goal of graduating from high school.  Shine On Scholarships are open to students from both Chelan, Manson and the Chelan School of Innovation.

Lake Chelan Rotary will award at least one Promise scholarship to a Chelan High School freshman and a Manson High School freshman who aspire to further their education beyond high school.  The Promise scholarship will  provide them the opportunity while still in high school to earn scholarship funds for their post high school studies.  Each year the student successfully completes a year of high school, additional funds are placed in the club’s The Fund.  Upon the student’s graduation from high school a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for college or technical school studies.

Application Deadlines

Applications and instructions for submission will be available on line as of January 15, 2020.  Completed applications and supporting documents may be submitted electronically or by mail to: Lake Chelan Rotary Scholarship Committee, PO Box 601, Chelan, WA 98816, no later than April 1, 2020.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship in a given academic year but will be eligible for only one award.

Determining Financial Need

The Lake Chelan Rotary Scholarship Committee in its selection process for the academic and technical scholarships is seeking to assist students who have a financial need.  Students who without financial assistance may not be able to attend post high school studies or for students that funding post high schools studies will be a considerable hardship for their families.

Evaluation Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Lake Chelan Rotary Scholarship Committee and representatives of The Fund’s Board of Directors.  Applications are evaluated on an objective and competitive basis using established criteria for each type of scholarship.  In the final selection process students will be invited to interview with the Scholarship Committee and representatives of The Fund’s Board of Directors.

Award Announcement

Students will be notified of award status by May 15, 2020. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified and given instructions on how to proceed.  

Award Dispursment

Once Rotary has received the required signatures and documentation, payment will be made directly to the institution of higher learning that the student has chosen to attend.

Students must notify Rotary no later than August 31st in the year that the scholarship is awarded, of their school choice, school address, and their assigned student identification number.   

Scholarship recipients will be expected to attend a designated Rotary luncheon to accept and acknowledge their awards.

Award Use

Scholarships awards are to be used during the 2020-2021 academic year.  The scholarship may be used for tuition, class fees, supplies and books.  

In the Event of Full Funding

If a recipient for one of the Rotary scholarships is able to secure full funding via other scholarships and sources to pursue their educational plans for the 2020-21 academic year, the Lake Chelan Rotary may request that their award be returned and it will then be awarded to the 1st runner up that still has substantial need to pursue their educational plans for the current academic year.

Parent Consent

As part of the Lake Chelan Rotary Club Scholarship application the applicant and their parent/guardian must attest to the accuracy of the application materials.

The Parental Consent Form must be signed and returned with the application package in order for the applicant’s materials to be considered by the Scholarship Committee.

Check List for Application Completion

  1. Completed General Scholarship Application
  2. General Scholarship Applications required Attachments:
    • Official High School Transcript
    • Signed Parent or Guardian Consent Form
    • Proof of submission of FASA or WAFSA for 2019-2020 academic year
  3. Designation of specific types of scholarships applied for: (Academic, Technical, Shine On).
  4. Completed list or essay questions as required by addendums for each scholarship.
  5. Attachments as required by addendums for your scholarship application choices.
  6. Signed and dated application.
  7. Submitted by April 1, 2020.