Monday, March 12, 2012

Mayor's Scholarship Fund winners announced for 2012

Twenty-seven local students have been named recipients of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund for 2012.

In its seventh year, the program was expanded to include 15 Senior Scholarships to graduating high school seniors (previously there were 12) and a dozen Promise Awards to scholars in eighth through 11th grade.

Recipients of the Senior Scholarship receive $1,500 to help cover tuition at an accredited institute of higher learning in the state of Idaho.

The Promise Award is $500 and is given to students who maintain a college-bound path. Promise Award funds can also be used to pay for dual credit classes while students are still in high school.

The recipients will be honored April 25 at the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund Awards Event, at the Red Lion Hotel on the Falls.

Mayor Jared D. Fuhriman launched the scholarship program in 2006 as a way to demonstrate the city’s commitment to its youth. It’s overseen by the Idaho Falls District 91 Foundation and relies on the support of local residents, business owners and corporations.

The money that is raised goes to scholarships; an endowment for the scholarship fund; a College Pathway account to help educate students and parents; and the annual awards event.

The fund has distributed tens of thousands of dollars and awarded 139 scholarships to local students in the “forgotten middle” – those whose families are not able to support them financially through college but who are unable to qualify for financial aid.

Anyone interested in attending the function or in sponsoring the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund is encouraged to contact Cami Smith at 525-7506 or

By school, here are this year's recipients

Senior Awards


Andrea Black

Callie Evans
Emily Edwards
Gabrielle Phillips
Hannah Sarah Scalia
Amy Tracy

Idaho Falls
Ethan Fisher
Alisa Kuharske
Jessica Marboe
Alex Zwahlen

Jared Hinckley


Nichelle Hutchings
Asucena Leon
Galilea Lavariega
Roxana Nava

Promise Awards

Nathan Burton

Karina Cruz Flores

Home schooled

Isaac Hassel

Rocky Mountain
Logan Holverson

Eagle Rock
Amanda Higley

Jordan Likes
David Rivas
Christie Seedall

Natalie Mihu
Kaitlyn Peterson
Hailey Saunders
Laurana Wheeler