By Jayne Davis

The Idyllwild Scholarship Fund goes back to 1969 when three students were awarded scholarships — one for $250, one for $100, and one was a desk dictionary.

The organization has carried on since then as a federally tax exempt 501(c)3 organization. Annually, contributions are nearly $12,000. Many Idyllwild youth have been awarded scholarships to further their educational goals. Last year the Idyllwild community donated well over $11,000.

To be eligible, a student must have resided in the Idyllwild School attendance area with a parent or guardian for at least three or more years during kindergarten through eighth grade and for two of the four high school years.

Academic requirements are at least a 3.0 grade point average, or a minimum 1600 SAT score or ACT 20.

Involvement in school or community activities and a demonstration of intent to further education are other considerations.

Application packets may be picked up at Hemet High School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, and, for home-school students, at the Idyllwild School office in mid-March. Applicants must complete the packet, write an essay, and appear for an interview in front of the entire committee.

The 11-member selection committee is composed of representatives from local organizations as well as a few members-at-large and the Idyllwild School principal.

In 2012, nine of our kids were awarded scholarships: Alyssa Bondi, Adam Graham, Claudia Huizar, Paul Kennon, Robert Priefer, Hannah Sumrall, Jacob Swanson, Victoria Verbanic and Danielle Wampler.

Look in your mailbox soon for an opportunity to donate to this worthwhile cause, a long-standing Idyllwild tradition. Donations can be sent at any time to Idyllwild Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 778, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

All donations are tax deductible.