If you are a senior attending Mercer Island High School, Crest Learning Center, or the Pathways Program, we’d like to offer you the opportunity to add $3,000 to your college fund.

About the Scholarship

Each Spring, the Mercer Island Schools Foundation awards a $3,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who has been positively impacted or inspired by a Mercer Island Schools Foundation-funded program(s).

The scholarship is to be used at a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning or toward a trade education that meets the Foundation’s eligibility requirements. This scholarship is to be used for tuition or school-related fees only within the academic year following graduation.

Application Process

We ask that you demonstrate how a Mercer Island Schools Foundation-funded program or programs helped you overcome a challenge or inspired you. We want you to tell us more about your future school choice and relate how programs funded by the Foundation inspired and impacted your Mercer Island educational career.

Your application will be reviewed by a committee of Mercer Island Schools Foundation board members and staff. All candidates will be interviewed in person. The candidate selected for the scholarship must be available and willing to speak at the Spring for Schools fundraising event, the Breakfast of Champions, at the end of April.

Remember: This is a grant awarded by the Mercer Island Schools Foundation. Please make sure to do your research and learn which programs, grants, and enrichment activities have been funded by the Mercer Island Schools Foundation.

A Mercer Island Schools Foundation binder is in the MIHS counseling office. The binder contains district priorities and grants the MISF has funded for reference. Please do not remove the binder, but feel free to take pictures of pages if needed. If you can’t find it, the counseling administrators can help.

Past Recipients

See a list of past recipients of the MISF Penny Yantis Senior Scholarship and hear their stories below.

Renn Novak, Class of 2023
Whitman College

Dan Sundholm, Class of 2022
Bellevue College

Gian Roque, Class of 2021
Washington State University

Ethan Schwartz, Class of 2020
University of Puget Sound

Eli Pruchno, Class of 2019
University of Arizona

Sarah Crumrine, Class of 2018
University of Washington

Isabel Hernandez, Class of 2017
Barnard College

Jarod Wong, Class of 2016
University of Washington

Leah Fisk, Class of 2015
University of Nevada