The St. Johns County Education Foundation, which operates as Investing in Kids (INK!), has announced the launch of a new online scholarship application portal for local seniors attending public high schools.
Go to apply.ink-stjohns.org for eligibility requirements and criteria under the “Senior Scholarship” tab. A student may submit a single application online for multiple scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 5.
INK! oversees more than 20 scholarships totaling more than $50,000 in awards for post-secondary education including college, vocational or technical education. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $3,300. Scholarships available to graduating seniors include:
Students can also submit applications in print form to INK! or through public school guidance counselors by the April 5 deadline. For more information or to request a paper scholarship application form, contact Jim Wheeler, INK! Director of Operations and Students Programs, at 904-547-7121 or email James.Wheeler@stjohns.k12.fl.us.
Scholarship honors late Lt. Col. Sally MacDonald
The family of the late Lt. Col. Sally MacDonald recently established a scholarship to honor her and her legacy of making a positive impact. The MacDonald family chose to focus on St. Johns County seniors who are committed to the JROTC program and the military because of the great impact the Army made on her and the MacDonald family.
“The military has a special place in my heart as it created a second family for my sister,” said MacDonald’s brother, Ian MacDonald. “I hope the students that earn this scholarship will use their time in the military to make a lasting impact on their community and their entire family, both natural and military.”
Sally MacDonald received her Bachelor of Science in social science from Towson University in 1998, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland in 2002, and her Master of Laws Degree from The Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Legal Center and School in 2011.
She served as the associate dean of students at The JAG Legal Center and School. Prior to assuming her duties as associate dean, she served as the chief of military justice for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Additionally, MacDonald had an operational deployment to Iraq as an administrative law attorney for the 13th Corp Support Command.
“When Sally was assigned as the chief of military justice for the XVIII Airborne, she wanted to be Airborne-qualified,” said Ian MacDonald. “Even though she wasn’t required to go to jump school she wanted to. If she was going to serve the XVIII Airborne, she wanted to be Airborne-qualified in support.”
The MacDonald Family Education Scholarship, also established by the MacDonald Family, will be awarded to a 2023 graduate of Bartram Trail High School who enrolls in college or university to pursue a degree in education after graduation. Both Ian MacDonald and his wife, Erin, are former teachers in the St. Johns County School District.
“Having two children go through the St. Johns County school system has given us another perspective in appreciation for the impact a teacher can make on a student,” Ian MacDonald said. “We’ve seen it through the lens of a teacher and as a parent with students who have been highly impacted by their teachers. This scholarship hopefully allows us to help future teachers make an impact on their students and families.”
To establish a memorial scholarship, donate to INK! in support of scholarship opportunities for St. Johns County students, or to learn more about scholarships or other programs operated by INK!, contact Donna Lueders at Donna.Lueders@stjohns.k12.fl.us or 904-547-7120.
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