College & Trade Scholarships





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Anchorage

Total Budget: $12,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Scholarship

Summary: Summary: Providing $500-$2000 academic and vocational scholarships to high school graduates

Annually Anchorage South Rotary provides Anchorage Area high school graduates with academic and vocational scholarships. Our club typically gives out scholarships to 12-14 graduates. The school we primarily support is King Tech High School. We chose King Tech High School because most of the employers in Alaska are looking to hire employees in the trades.

King Tech High School is well known in the Anchorage area for its vocational training programs as well as academic curriculum. Their curriculum includes:


Construction Electrical

Photography, Film, Video Production


Art & Design



Culinary Arts

Emergency Medical Technology

Information Technology

Veterinary Assisting


We arrange with the school to pick up 30+ student portfolios and applications. Our scholarship committee reviews the student jackets and based on need, executable budget plan, personal challenges and other factors, narrows the list of applicants down to around 16-18 students. We then arrange with the school counselor to reserve a conference room at the school and establish a timeline to interview each applicant in 15-minute intervals. The interview committee typically consists of 6 or 7 Anchorage South Rotary members. After the interviews are completed, the committee reviews the Rotarian evaluations of each applicant and determines which applicants will receive a scholarship and for what amount. The amount of each scholarship will vary from $500 to $2,000. The larger scholarships are typically for academic students. The interview process takes about 6 hours.

Checks for most scholarships are issued from the Anchorage South Rotary Memorial Fund and made payable to the student's school/college of choice. The memorial fund is a 501C3 fund established around the year 2000 timeframe specifically for educational purposes.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Anchorage South

Primary Contact: Sam Lazenby

Email: saml@gci.net

Project Status

This project is "Submitted". This means that it needs to be signed by the club leadership. Notifications emails have been sent to these parties with instructions on how to digitally sign this project. Once all the signatures are collected, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Signed".

Project listed for the 2024-25 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Anchorage South (5010)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Sam Lazenby

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Sam Lazenby

System Entry: Project signed by Sam Lazenby.


by Paul Paslay

System Entry: Project reverted to "Submitted" - Kathy Grimes added to the list of signatories.

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