Local scholarships are available

February 8, 2011

Issaquah’s graduating seniors looking for money can apply for three of many local scholarships.

The Issaquah Optimist Club invites students under age 19 as of Jan. 1 to write an essay addressing, “How my education is the key to a successful future.” Local winners move to the next level to compete to win $2,500 in scholarship money. Learn more at www.optimistis.org before the Feb. 20 deadline.

Issaquah Chamber of Commerce gives a $2,000 scholarship to seniors who demonstrate motivation and academic improvement. Preference is given to students attending a two-year program. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Apply electronically before the March 1 deadline at www.thewashboard.org.

The Issaquah Women’s Foundation awards six $1,000 scholarships to Issaquah girls pursuing higher education. Download the Follow Your Dream scholarship at www.issaquahwomensclub.org. Applicants must write a 500-word essay about themselves and submit a résumé and a high school transcript before the April 18 deadline.

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Bike fair hones safe riding skills

June 8, 2010

The Optimist Club of Issaquah hosts its fifth annual Bike Safety Fair this weekend.

Issaquah Valley Elementary School is hosting one day of the two-day event June 12. Newport Heights Elementary School hosts the event on June 13.

It’s open to students in kindergarten through fifth grades.

Students can bring their bicycles for free tuneups by Sports Authority, get identification cards and get properly fitted for helmets. Because helmets are a priority to the Bellevue and Issaquah police departments, officers will help fit children with helmets and teach them the rules of the road, said Miho Reed, a club member and organizer for the event. Read more

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Volunteer, hobby expo returns bigger than ever

April 20, 2010

Whether you’re brand new to the community or have lived here your whole life, possibilities abound for getting involved with your neighbors and other like-minded individuals or groups. The trick is finding them.

Luckily, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department gathers more than 30 organizations at one convenient location each year — the Hobby & Volunteer Expo.

“It’s for all ages,” organizer Cathy Jones said. “It’s especially great for parents to find different groups for their children.”

Now in its 11th year, this year’s show is geared more toward hobby and volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students, Jones said.

“There are some great opportunities for retirees and empty nesters,” she added.

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Student’s essay wins Optimist Club of Issaquah contest

March 23, 2010

Issaquah High School’s Matthew Hertogs, 17, has been selected as the winner in the Optimist Club of Issaquah’s essay contest. Read more

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Attend Optimist Club of Issaquah award ceremony Thursday

March 23, 2009

NEW — 5 p.m. March 23, 2009

Members of the Optimist Club of Issaquah awarded a $250 college scholarship to the winner of the club’s essay contest.

Gretchen Stroh, a senior at Stillaguamish Valley School in Arlington, won the contest, which asked entrants to write an essay based on a theme “The Power of Youth.” The contest, which was sponsored by the local chapter of Optimist International, was open to students across the Puget Sound area.

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