2014 Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Application Period Open

The 2014 Scholarship Application and guidelines are now available for download here.

Every year, the Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 college scholarships to young women leaders of Mercer Island High School who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the values and goals embodied in the life and work of Stanley Ann Dunham who was the mother of President Barack Obama and a 1960 graduate of Mercer Island High School. 

About Our 2013 Scholarship Winners

(Photo: 2013 Scholars Sara Bahn, left, and Hannah Frisch, right are congratulated by Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, center)
Mercer Island Reporter Contributor
April 29, 2013 · 4:52 PM
Two outstanding Mercer Island High School seniors were awarded $5,000 college scholarships at the fourth annual Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 20, which featured guest speaker Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama and daughter of 1960 Mercer Island High School graduate Stanley Ann Dunham. Mayor Bruce Bassett and Deputy Mayor Dan Grausz addressed a full house at the Community Center, opening the event with a proclamation welcoming Dr. Soetoro-Ng as an honorary Islander.
The Scholarship Fund annually recognizes a MIHS graduating female who demonstrates Stanley Ann Dunham’s commitment to academic achievement, global service and empowering women.

About Our 2012 Scholarship Winner

(Photo: 2012 Scholar Suzanne Gaber, center, is congratulated by Board members Dayna Cole, left, and Tony Nugent, right)

The Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship recipient for 2012 is Suzanne Gaber. She wonderfully personifies Stanley Ann’s ideal of “encouraging young women to dream big and to be fearless in the pursuit of adventure and knowledge.”

 Suzanne, a first-generation Egyptian-American committed to intercultural understanding, is pursuing studies at American University in Washington DC to become a Middle East correspondent.
At the Scholarship Reception this year, Jessica Lind-Diamond (MIHS ’03), Development Director of Yes! Magazine, was our MIHS alumni speaker. She shared invaluable wisdom about how ‘learning to adapt’ made all the difference in her life.

About Our 2011 Scholarship Winner

(Photo: 2011 Scholor Kyle Wunderlin)

Senior Kyle Wunderlin was chosen Thursday night from 13 applicants in a reception sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Wunderlin was awarded a $5,000 scholarship named in honor of the MIHS alumna, who is best known as President Barack Obama's mother but was a noted cultural anthropologist in her own right. Wunderlin said the scholarship will be put to good use in the pre-architectural program at the University of Michigan.

Each applicant was honored at Thursday's reception and received a copy of A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, the recently published book on Dunham's life signed by author Janny Scott.

About Our 2010 Scholarship Winners

(Photo: 2010 Scholars Emma Thompson, back row-second from the right, Kristine Fu, back row-first on the left, Khia Johnson, back row-second from the left)

Maybe it’s something in the water — or just being surrounded by it — that makes Mercer Island such a unique place. Alice Dewey, Ph.D., hammered home that point at the first annual Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund awards Wednesday afternoon. Dewey, an anthropologist and friend, mentor and graduate adviser of Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barak Obama, called Mercer Island “the damnedest place I’ve ever been,” citing the amount of community support, scholarship and bountiful opportunities available for youth.

“I understand Ann now better because she grew up with people who cared and did something about it,” she said of Dunham, a 1960 Mercer Island High School graduate. “She faced challenges with pleasure.” A group of MIHS alumni kick-started the scholarship in honor of their late classmate’s legacy as “someone who was ahead of her time in feeling a part of a global community.”