Jake Gorham knows how much college will cost next year.

That’s why Wood River High School’s senior class president is working with the Blaine County Education Foundation to ease the burden for his classmates—and future students countywide.

Gorham has signed on as the foundation’s new scholarship development director. His goal: to invigorate the 28 scholarships the foundation already offers while raising money to start more, for more students. Beyond college, he’s also looking for people to sponsor students interested in attending trade or technical school after graduation from high school.

“It is my hope to work with businesses and individuals in the valley to increase the number and amount of scholarships awarded to the class of 2020,” he wrote in a letter to prospective donors. “Keep in mind, all students in the Wood River Valley are eligible for these funds.”

The foundation plans to hold a scholarship fair on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to get the word out on what’s available.

For each, the selection process varies—as do awards—but all scholarships require some form of application and essay. Some also ask for interviews, recommendations, transcripts and test scores—a whole gamut of information, so interested students should plan ahead.

Last year, locals sponsored more than 50 different scholarships, helping about 100 students pay for school. Awards typically range from $100 to $2,000, Gorham said, and can be given as a one-time sum or as a recurring grant throughout the recipient’s undergrad years.

Local scholarships for the class of 2020 will be awarded in a ceremony next spring.

For more information or to learn more about funding a scholarship, contact foundation Director Kristy Heitzman at 208-578-5449.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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