A win-win; how you can help a student succeed | Letters

Dear San Juan Island friends and neighbors;

It that time of year again. The San Juan Island Service Scholarship (formally Dollars for Scholars) annual fund drive is underway.

The mission of San Juan Island Service Scholarship is to support higher education and promote volunteerism among our community’s youth. Students who have completed a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer community service during their high school career are eligible to receive a scholarship from our organization.

The scholarship is not based on grades, but solely upon a student’s volunteer efforts to make our community a better place to live. This allows every student the opportunity to qualify for a scholarship to apply toward higher education (including trade schools) through service to the San Juan Island community.

In 2014 our organization made the decision to break away from the national Dollars for Scholars organization. The move allows us to focus all our efforts (and your donations) on our core objective of supporting student volunteerism here on San Juan Island.

As part of this change we were required to rename our organization and the choice seemed obvious, San Juan Island Service Scholarship. Nothing else about us has changed except that now every dollar you donate stays right here to support our local youth.

This past calendar year students enrolled in our program have logged over 1,500 hours of volunteer service to our community. By making a donation to the San Juan Island Service Scholarship Fund, you directly support and encourage these young people to become the next generation of volunteers and leaders.

To keep this great program going we do need your financial support. Every dollar counts and your generosity is the lifeblood of our work. Please consider a significant donation whether it is a $10, $100, or $1,000.

Please visit us on the web at www.sjiservicescholarship.org to donate online!

San Juan Island Service Scholarship is a registered 501(c)(3 ) non-profit organization and your donation is fully tax deductible.

Sincerely and with appreciation on behalf of our future leaders,

June Arnold/President, SJI Service Scholarship