Who Can Apply: The Dr. Merritt C. Olson Scholarship supports outstanding seniors from West Anchorage High School. The scholarship was established by Dr. Merritt Olson, a former West High teacher and education leader in Alaska. Born in South Dakota, Dr. Olson was an academic achiever; he was the valedictorian of his high school class and graduated summa cum laude from Northern State College. He went on to receive a doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria. Dr. Olson moved to Alaska in 1953 where he taught math at Anchorage High School (which became West Anchorage high school in 1962) for 32 years.
- Applicant must be a graduating West High School senior
- Applicant should demonstrate academic motivation and success; a minimum 3.0 GPA required
- Applicant must be enrolled full-time in an institute of higher education for the upcoming academic year
- Applicant must have demonstrated financial need
- Applicant should demonstrate leadership qualities, evidenced through extracurricular and community involvement and letters of recommendation.
Deadline: March 3, 2023