Stanley Ann Dunham scholarship application period opens

Senior women at Mercer Island High School can apply for scholarship named after Barack Obama’s mom.

  • Friday, January 5, 2018 1:58pm
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Stanley Ann Dunham’s photo in the 1960 Mercer Island High School yearbook. Photo via

Stanley Ann Dunham’s photo in the 1960 Mercer Island High School yearbook. Photo via

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund issued a call for all college-bound senior women at Mercer Island High School to apply for the 2018 Dunham scholarship of $5,000.

The scholarship honors Stanley Ann Dunham, a 1960 graduate of Mercer Island High School and the mother of President Barack Obama. She became a pioneering anthropologist in the area of microfinance, helping to create sustainable businesses for people in marginalized communities around the world — especially women.

A Dunham scholarship will be awarded to a female senior based on her demonstrated leadership, independent initiative in community service, extracurricular activities, academic achievement and college plans.

Application forms are now available at the high school counseling offices as well as online at It is also at, where students can directly apply online.

All application materials must be submitted by March 15.

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund is also committed to providing the scholarship recipients (Dunham scholars) with networking opportunities among past scholars, the Board and the Advisory Board members.

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