Shoreline Scholars opens pathway to college success with 50 full-ride scholarships

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Shoreline Scholars from the 2015-16 inaugural group show their Dolphin pride by being “Phins Up, All In.”

Shoreline Scholars, Shoreline Community College’s up-to-full-tuition scholarship program, is back and ready to change lives for the 2016-17 school year.

Launched in April of 2015, Shoreline Scholars is the first-of-its-kind scholarship program in Washington State. For its inaugural run in 2015, the Scholars program, funded through existing financial aid funds, the Shoreline Community College Foundation, and private donor Harley O’Neil, offered 56 up-to-full tuition scholarships for two years in any field of study, including university transfer or professional/technical programs.

For the 2016-17 school year, Scholars is offering 50 new scholarships and is open to high school seniors who are residents of Shoreline or Lake Forest Park or attend school in Shoreline and have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA.

“Shoreline Scholars is aimed at helping students achieve their dreams,” said President Cheryl Roberts. “We know there are many students in our district who are studying hard and getting good grades but, for a variety of reasons, wouldn’t be able to attend college without significant support. The program is designed to come alongside those students to provide that support and get those students on their way to achieving their educational goals.”

With the program entering its second year, word of its success is starting to spread.

“We had such an amazing group of Scholars this first year,” said Roberts. “I’m so impressed by the quality of student our program attracted and the dedication to academic achievement they’ve displayed. Participants truly understand that we’re offering a pathway to success at a fraction of the cost, and it’s that value, along with the caliber of students, that really makes the program shine. I can’t wait to see where our current Scholars will go next and who we’ll have join us in the fall.”

The application period for the 2016-17 school year opened on February 22, 2016, with a priority application deadline of May 16, 2016. For more information and for application materials, visit the Shoreline Scholars web page.

Shoreline Scholars program open for applications

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Josef Mamo, Ben Tuberg, President Cheryl Roberts and Erik Jensen (from left) take a moment for a photo during the opening day of Shoreline Scholars applications. More photos

Shoreline Scholars, the two-year, full-tuition scholarship program at Shoreline Community College, is underway.

“We’re off and running!” President Cheryl Roberts said. “Shoreline Scholars is an investment in our communities by the college, the foundation and our supporters.”

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Olive Berry shows off the notification that her Shoreline Scholars application is complete and has been accepted for review, on April 27, 2015.

The application acceptance period opened on Monday, April 27, 2015, with a special event in the PUB main dining room. Applicants brought their packets to the college, got an immediate review and were placed into the scholarship pool.

The Shoreline Scholars Program for 2015 is for residents of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park who will be graduating from high school this spring. Home-school students are also eligible to apply. Shoreline Scholars will receive up to a full tuition scholarship for two years in any field of study, including university transfer or professional/technical programs.

Among the first in line on Monday were Ben Tuberg, Josef Mamo and Erik Jensen, all Shorecrest High School seniors.

“My dad saw an email and told me about the program,” Jensen said. “I’m planning on going into the automotive program.”

Tuberg said he had been accepted at University of Montana, but changed his mind to Shoreline when he heard about the scholarship. “It’s cheaper and its close,” he said.

Mamo said he was accepted at Western Washington University, but decided to start at Shoreline and then transfer to a university. “I’m interested in business administration,” he said.

Olive Berry, a Running Start student from Shorewood High School, said the scholarship will allow her to finish her Associate degree at Shoreline. “I’m planning on going on to cosmetology school in Seattle,” Berry said. “I’ve always been interested in that.”

Roberts said the Shoreline Scholars program is designed to meet the needs of the community.

“We know that there are many students in our district who are studying hard and getting good grades, but, for a variety of reasons, wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend college,” Roberts said. “The Shoreline Scholars program is designed to come alongside those students to provide them with the confidence they need, and the college and community is there to help them achieve their educational goals.”

The college is using existing financial-aid capabilities to provide 50 scholarships. The Shoreline Community College Foundation is funding another five scholarships and Harley O’Neil, a Shoreline resident and owner of Spin Alley who also serves on the foundation board, is personally funding one more scholarship.

“We are speaking with others who may join us to create more opportunities, but at this point, we have 56 scholarships available,” Roberts said. Scholarship applications will be accepted until they are all pledged to incoming students.

“We’re already planning for next year,” Roberts said. “We are committed to helping students achieve their dreams through the Shoreline Scholars program.”

Shoreline Scholars Information Sessions: Thurs., April 2 and Wed., April 8

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Shoreline Community College is holding two information sessions about Shoreline Scholars, our newest scholarship program offering 56 up-to full tuition scholarships to Shoreline and Lake Forest Park residents. The information sessions are free and open to the public and will be held on the Shoreline campus in the PUB (9000 bldg.) Main Dining Room on Thurs., April 2 and Wed. April 8 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The information sessions will cover eligibility requirements, application instructions, what the scholarships cover and more. Representatives of the college will give a presentation about the Shoreline Scholars program and then open the floor for questions. Arrive early as interest in this scholarship program, which is unique within the state, has been abundant.

If you can’t make it to one of the information sessions, you can find application materials and instructions on the Shoreline Scholars site here.

Shoreline Scholars: 50-plus full-tuition scholarships

While the cost of attending college may be going up, for more than 50 incoming students this fall at Shoreline Community College their tuition for the next two years could be … zero.

Shoreline Community College, the Shoreline Community College Foundation and other philanthropic partners are combining efforts on a new scholarship program called Shoreline Scholars that launches today, March 27, 2015.

“Shoreline Scholars is an investment by the college, the foundation and our supporters in our communities,” President Cheryl Roberts said. “We know that there are many students in our district who are studying hard and getting good grades, but, for a variety of reasons, wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend college.”

In many cases, these are the students who go on to help weave the fabric of our strong community. The Shoreline Scholars program is designed to come alongside those students to provide them with the confidence they need, and the college and community is there to help them achieve their educational goals.

The Shoreline Scholars Program for 2015 is for residents of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park who will be graduating from high school this spring. Home-school students are also eligible to apply. Shoreline Scholars will receive up to a full tuition scholarship for two years in any field of study, including university transfer or professional/technical programs.

The college is using existing financial aid capabilities to provide 50 scholarships. The foundation is funding another five scholarships and Harley O’Neil, a Shoreline resident and owner of Spin Alley who also serves on the foundation board, is personally funding one more scholarship.

“We are speaking with others who may join us to create more opportunities, but at this point, we have 56 scholarships available,” Roberts said. “What a great way to mark our 50th anniversary, too.”

Foundation President Stephanie Santeford said she and foundation board members are excited to add a significant opportunity to the lineup of scholarships already offered through the foundation.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the foundation, residents and businesses to partner with the college to provide scholarships for students,” Santeford said.

The application process opens  March 27. In addition to local and state residency requirements, to qualify for consideration students must have a 3.5 grade point average, meet minimum entrance test scores and show financial need.

Once applicants meet the minimum requirements, and because we do have limited number of scholarships, there is a first-come, first-served aspect to this program

Applicants must compile all required information and then hand-deliver their packet to the college on April 27-29, from 3:30-7 p.m. each day. Application packets will be reviewed for completeness on the spot. Only complete application packets will be accepted and no applications will be accepted after 7 p.m., April 29.

“We are celebrating 50 years of greatness at the college,” Roberts said. “This is our opportunity to not just be in the community, but of the community. We are excited about making this investment in the graduates in our district.”

Complete information is available at www.shoreline.edu/shoreline-scholars.