Helen Miller Clancy was a Vashon Island resident for over 45 years. Prior to coming to Washington, she was a kindergarten teacher with the Detroit Public School System. She was known by many of the Island nonprofit organizations as a generous donor. She made sizable gifts during her lifetime to the Vashon-Maury Island Senior Center, Vashon Allied Arts, the Soroptimist Club, Vashon Food Bank, Vashon Youth and Family Services and many others.
Mrs. Clancy died in December 1993, but left a valuable legacy to Vashon Island youth by establishing the Helen Miller Clancy Scholarship Foundation. The major scholarship recipient(s) selected by the Foundation each year will be eligible for continuing funds throughout his, her or their college career if scholarship criteria continue to be met. Since 1995, its first year of grant making, the Foundation has awarded a grand total exceeding $587,000 in scholarships to Vashon Island students!
of this prestigious scholarship are: Hannah VanDusen - 2016; 2015 - Emalia Hinden; 2014 – Lliralyn McEachern; 2013 - Alec Spencer; 2012 – Jacob Gateman; 2011 – Lizzy Corliss; 2010 – Christine Swope; 2009 – Calen Winn; 2008 – Ravenna Koenig; 2007 – Monditza Fournier, Gregory Pendergast; 2006 – Cameron Bard; 2005 – Quintin Barnes; 2004 – Emma Bean, Brittany Jackson; 2003 – Clay Leonard; 2002 - Marissa Griffith; 2001-David Ferris, Owen Farcy, Sarah Meier; 2000-Maranda Murphy, Caroline Slack, Ian VanGelder; 1999-Krisa Gardner, Tegan Horan, Peter Kirkpatrick, Joseph McMullin; 1998-Anna Hancock, Kathryn Kirkland, Lisa Nourse; 1997: Julius Carlson, Meredith Cleland, Jolee Darrow; 1996-Corinne Broom, Julie Ling, Delaney Sullivan; 1995-Shanon Cox, Erin Mayberry, Rebecca Sears.
The scholarship competition is open to graduating high school seniors who are residents of Vashon Island, Washington. Note that it is not a requirement to be a senior at Vashon High School.
Students will be judged on the criteria of scholarship, financial need, leadership and other personal achievements.
In 2016 the Board of Directors selected one applicant for an annual grant of $5,000.00 for the duration of her educational training. Three other applicants received one-time grants of $2,500.00. Other finalists received $1,000.00 each. In 2017 the Board of Directors will select one applicant for an annual grant of at least $5,000.00 and at least two applicants for one-time grants of $2,500.00 or more. The continuing grants are conditioned on remaining in school as a full time enrolled student and maintaining a ‘B’ average. The amount of the scholarships are determined in January or February of each year by the Board of Directors at their annual meeting. Grants are never reduced.
Applicants must submit the following materials postmarked by Fri., April 7, 2017:
All mailings should be sent to the following address:
- a completed application form can be obtained by writing or calling the above address or downloaded from www.HMCSF.org). You may also check with your college counselor. here)
- An unofficial copy of high school transcript
- A resume (details on application)
- A short essay- maximum 2 pages
(details on application)
- Two letters of recommendation
(details on application)
Helen Miller Clancy Scholarship Foundation
19001 Vashon Hwy SW, Ste 209
Vashon, WA 98070
Note that no application will be considered if it is postmarked by April 7, 2017.
Individuals will be notified of their selection for a personal interview on or before May 1, 2017. Personal interviews will take place around the middle of May. The 2015 recipients of the Helen Miller Clancy Scholarships will be selected from that group.
All information provided to the Helen Miller Clancy Scholarship Foundation by an applicant will be held in strict confidentiality with the exception of the names of the winners of the scholarships.
Questions concerning the application form, the selection process, or other issues may be addressed to David F. Cooper at (206) 463-3608