The Waukee Community Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 “Funding Your Future” scholarships. “Due to COVID-19, our interview process was disrupted. We were supposed to conduct in-person interviews for our 41 finalists after spring break. Understandably, that did not happen,” said Daniel Ricklefs, Scholarship Committee Chair. After careful consideration, the Foundation Board of Directors voted to award all 41 finalists a $1,000 scholarship.
“This is an unprecedented situation. Our senior class is going through a lot right now, and missing out on many of the experiences they had been expecting and looking forward to. Fortunately, we had the funds to go above and beyond for the Class of 2020,” said Ricklefs.
The Foundation had committed a minimum of $25,000 for 2020 scholarships. Several donors stepped forward to pledge even more money, enabling the Foundation to award all 41 finalists for a total of $41,000. The Foundation wants to give a heartfelt thank you to these generous donors:
“Our community really stepped up big time, to ensure our deserving seniors wrap up their experience in Waukee in a meaningful way. We hope our seniors feel celebrated through this one-time expansion of our scholarship program,” said Gina Campos, Executive Director of the Waukee Community Schools Foundation.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee reviewed a total of 132 applications. The process is anonymous, as applicants are only identified by their student ID number. Applicants are reviewed by at least three committee members and scored according to the positive impact they’ve made on their family, school, or community. The highest-scoring applicants are considered finalists and invited for in-person interviews. This year, the Foundation had a total of 41 finalists, and all 41 will now receive a $1,000 “Funding Your Future” scholarship.
“This year’s scholarship recipients really have worked to make the world a better place,” said Ricklefs. “Our committee was so impressed with all of them! Several served on mission trips, others promoted inclusion through various clubs and groups, and others helped their families during trying times. We celebrate them and all of their achievements, and can’t wait to see what they will do in the future!”