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Downtown Yakima Rotary Scholarships

Yakima Rotary has been awarding Academic Scholarships to local high school students and Vocational Scholarships to both high school seniors and non-traditional students for over 50 years. Well over a million dollars has been invested in their educational pursuits. No other single part of our Rotary club has had such a lasting impact on our community.

Downtown Yakima Rotary Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

This year local graduating high school students from Davis, East Valley, Eisenhower, Highland, LaSalle, Naches Valley, Selah, Riverside Christian, and West Valley high schools, along with homeschooled students within their districts and Running Start students will have the opportunity to apply for nineteen Rotary Academic Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each.

The 2019 Academic Scholarship application process will be open on February 7th. The application can be accessed by clicking here. Completed applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 8, 2019. Finalists will be asked to attend a personal interview on April 22nd or 24th. Scholarship recipients, their families and guests will be invited to attend a Downtown Rotary Club awards luncheon on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Vocational Scholarships

In addition to our Academic Scholarship Program, Yakima Rotary has $37,500 available for Vocational Scholarship opportunities to the same area high school students as listed for the Academic Scholarship along with students attending YV-Tech, Stanton Academy, Yakima On-Line, and older students who are currently or will be attending Perry Technical Institute, Heritage University and Yakima Valley College. Recipients must be enrolled or planning to enroll at a post-high school vocational institution or in a 2-year terminal vocational program at a community college within one year of the scholarship award. Completion of the program must result in a degree or certification. Criteria is based upon commitment to one’s chosen career, school and community engagement, evidence of passing grades/progress, financial need and good communication skills.

The 2019 application process is currently underway and can be accessed by clicking here. Applications must be postmarked or received by Monday, March 4, 2019. Winners and their guests will be invited to attend the Downtown Rotary Club noon luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2019 to receive their award.

Mollie Davis Scholarship

In December 2008, Mollie Davis passed away leaving an educational bequest of $20 million dollars to fund two and four-year scholarships to benefit residents of Yakima County. The Mollie Davis Scholarship program awards up to $7,500 a year and up to $30,000 overall toward a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, we award up to $3,500 a year toward an associate’s degree.

Applicants must be:
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Yakima County resident (may be away while attending college)
  • High school senior, high school graduate, GED certificate holder, or a currently enrolled college student
  • Enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at a two or four-year college/university pursuing a first associate’s or bachelor’s degree.