As the school year comes to a close, the Kodiak Scholarship Foundation is distributing its awards to graduating seniors all around the region. This is an especially exciting year for the foundation according to its president, Bob Brodie because it’s hitting a big landmark.
“This year is our 29th year and some random kid on our list is going to receive the one-millionth dollar through the program.”
The foundation is giving out over one-hundred scholarships totaling about $87,000. All of the students who applied received an award this year and some got more than one. That may be good for individual seniors, but Brodie wants to see more people apply and take advantages of the scholarships offered.
“If there’s one thing I do, is I beat up the junior class every year saying, you know, ‘ don’t sit on your hands, fill out an application and send it in.”
The amounts of the awards vary and some go to students pursuing specific things like a nursing degree or attending Kodiak College. But, no matter what the future plans of students are, Brodie says he enjoys reading applications and helping people pursue more education.
“Every year it’s very interesting and gives you a lot of faith in Kodiak school system and the kids who are here. And, very hopeful for the future.”
The scholarships are now available to recipients. Brodie says if a student has to put off their education for any reason their award can be held until circumstances allow them to attend college or a trade school.