May is scholarship season and a busy time at the Homer Foundation. Homer area students benefit from a variety of permanently endowed scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. This year, area students received $15,500 in scholarship awards. The Foundation appreciates the support of Homer High School Counselor Lin Hampson and the many individuals who served on review committees. Each of the review committees had an exceptionally difficult task, due to the high caliber of applicants this year.
Congratulations to 2014 recipients:
The Homer Community Science Scholarship supports post-secondary education in life sciences, and was established by retired Homer High science teacher, Stan Eller. It is supported by community donations.
Katherine Dolma: $750, to study environmental science.
Cassidy Soistman: $750, to study sports medicine and athletic training.
Sierra Moskios: $500, to study psychology at Pacific Lutheran University.
The Alain and Daniel Rieser Scholarship recognizes a Homer High graduating senior with a flair for foreign language and an interest in foreign cultures. The award may be used for continued language study at college or self-directed travel/cultural immersion.
Irene Pellegrini: $3,000 for cultural immersion trip to South America including Argentina, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.
The Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship was established in 2006 by the North Pacific Fisheries Association, community donors and the Scalzi Family, in memory of Drew Scalzi. The underlying philosophy of the scholarship is to nurture young adults pursuing careers in the maritime field, or who are from fishing or maritime families.
Deonisy Konev: $1,000 to study information technology at AVTEC.
The Beluga Tail Non-Fiction and Beluga Tale Fiction Writing Scholarships reward Homer High graduating seniors who demonstrate exemplary skills in fiction and non-fiction writing.
Hannah Baird: $3,000 in the non-fiction category.
Megan Garoutte: $3,000 in the fiction category.
The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic Scholarship was established by Dr. Paul Raymond and the Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic to provide financial assistance to a public high school graduating senior in the greater Homer area who has best exemplified academic excellence, community and/or school service, and a strong work ethic.
Sierra Moskios: $2,000 to study psychology at Pacific Lutheran University.
The Ptarmigan Arts Visual Arts Scholarship was established by member artists of Ptarmigan Arts Gallery to support aspiring young artists. This scholarship fund is now managed by the Homer Foundation and supported by a permanent endowment fund.
Irene Pellegrini: $1,000
Alice Witte Memorial Volleyball Scholarship: Alice Witte was the girls’ volleyball coach at Homer High, and this award memorializes her inspirational spirit. Each year the coaching staff selects the young woman who possesses the attributes that Coach Witte would have been proud to coach.
Kyla Pitzman: $500
The 2014 Farmers Market opens for business this Saturday, May 24, on Ocean Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday is also the Alaska Native Plant Society Beach Walk, starting at the Bishop’s Beach Pavillion at 1 p.m. Learn how to identify early edible and medicinal Alaska plants in a walk about the beach, as well as plant’s medicinal uses, and how best to prepare them. Bring scissors, gloves and a collecting bag.
On Sunday, May 25, head over toward Pier One Theatre at 5 p.m. for Bonfire on the Bay. The event is curated by teens wanting to positively impact how communities respond to anxiety, stress and depression.
Audiences will leave feeling equipped with positive energy, hope, skills and ideas that can make a difference. After hearing a diverse lineup of speakers, featuring Yu’pik storyteller Keggulluk the Great, (aka Earl Polk,) enjoy finger foods and join in discussion. A final spoken word performance around a bonfire will finish the evening.
The bonfire takes place across the street from Pier One Theatre, and starts at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Rec Room at 235-6736.
The Alaska Congressional Delegation awarded a $9,000 grant to the Friends of the Homer Public Library for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read” program.
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