Orcas Lions award scholarships

Submitted by the Orcas Island Lions Club

The Orcas Island Lions Club and Foundation is responsible for administering the funds for five academic awards: Abrahamsen Family Vocational Scholarship, Joseph Bond Vocational Scholarship, Jim Golithon Vocational Scholarship, the Leonard Wellman Academic Scholarship, and Vic Hughes Academic Scholarship.

The funds for these named scholarships were donated to the Orcas Island Lions Club by living or deceased Lions Club members and/or their families. The accounts have been augmented over the years by the Club’s fundraising activities (Tent rentals, Salmon Barbecue, etc.). The monies are intended to be used by Orcas Island students graduating from schools on Orcas Island, to pursue vocational or academic post-high-school education.

The Leonard Wellman Academic Scholarship and the Vic Hughes Academic Scholarship are awarded to graduating seniors who will attend four-year colleges and universities.

The Abrahamsen Family Vocational Scholarship, Joseph Bond Vocational Scholarship, and the Jim Golithon Vocational Scholarship are earmarked for students pursuing vocational careers, e.g., electrician, plumber, carpenter, dental hygienist, medical assistant, veterinary assistant, artist, musician, etc. Graduating seniors planning to attend two-year community colleges or trade schools to engage in such careers are encouraged to apply for these awards.

Applications are available at Orcas Island High School, on the web at www.orcaslions.org, or you may email a request for an application to scholarships@orcasislandlions.org. Completed applications must be received, or postmarked, by Friday, May 8.