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Community Foundation offers high school scholarships

By Don Fennell

Published 11:21 PST, Mon February 10, 2020

The future begins now. Therefore, there’s no time like the present for Richmond students to get started on planning for tomorrow.

Graduating Richmond high school students are being encouraged to take advantage of unique opportunity to help cover the cost of their post-secondary educations.

The Richmond Community Foundation www.richmondfoundation.org is accepting applications for 2020 high school scholarships until March 9. 

But it’s not just about the money, says Foundation chair Dave Frank.

“Because it’s a review process, winning one of these scholarships is very prestigious, and an excellent line on your resume,” he explains. “Many of our winners go on to contribute substantially back to our community, or to the careers they pursue.”

The Foundation’s scholarship program is diverse, supporting students across a wide range of academic disciplines, as well as other fields, including the performing arts, trades, and athletics.

“We want to help students achieve their educational goals, whether it’s in a classroom, on a stage, or in a workshop,” says Julie Halfnights, chair of the Foundation’s scholarship committee. “Today, students have the benefit and the challenge of choosing among countless post-secondary options. Whatever they decide, we can provide financial support. 

In 2019, the Foundation awarded 39 scholarships to local high school students, together valued at nearly $25,000. This year, thanks to the establishment of several new endowment funds, even more scholarships will be offered.

Among them is the Audrey Fricker Scholarship, to be given to a student affiliated with the Richmond Orchestra & Chorus Association. Andrea Xi, Linda Li, and Dacheng Education have also created scholarships that will be awarded for the first time this year. To contribute to a forever fund, visit www.richmondfoundation.org or to start a fund of your own, call 604-270-4483 for more information.

“As a Foundation, it’s important that we grow along with the community,” adds ?Frank. “Thanks to our fundholders, both new and old, we’re in a position to assist an ever-greater number of Richmond students. We’ll work hard to ensure that trend continues.”

A scholarship application form can be completed online at www.richmondfoundation.org. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9.

Founded in 1990, the Richmond Community Foundation manages nearly 50 forever funds, from which it awards grants and scholarships to local non-profit organizations and students.

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