Students encouraged to seek WIAA scholarships

Two students can receive a $5,000 scholarship, while another eight finalists can receive $1,000.

Students from Enumclaw and White River high schools are welcome to participate in a scholarship program being promoted by the state’s athletic organization.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association – in conjunction with the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires – have launched the eighth annual Smart Choices College Scholarship which will recognize one female and one male high school student for their achievements in athletics/activities, the community, and the classroom with $5,000 college scholarships to the college or university of their choice.

In addition to the two $5,000 scholarship winners, eight finalists will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Applicants are required to fill out an online application and write a short essay or provide a personal statement video about “How you plan to use your education to benefit others.” Judging criteria is based on 35 percent athletic/activity excellence, 35 percent academic achievement, 15 percent leadership, 10 percent citizenship/community service, and five percent on originality/creativity of the student’s essay or video.

Applicants are able to save partially completed applications and return at a later date to update their information. All applications will be locked on April 1, 2020, when the application window closes.

High school seniors can apply online at wiaa.com/SmartChoices.

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