Founded in 2003 by The Peninsula Gateway, the Students of Distinction program has honored more than 450 graduating seniors from the Peninsula School District. The program came under the Foundation in 2013.
Sponsors as Kitsap Credit Union (2016 Lead Sponsor), Peninsula Light Company, The Peninsula Gateway, Olympic Property Group, Umpqua Bank, Franciscan Health System, and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Combined, the community sponsors have provided more than $10,000 in scholarship funds annually during the past 13 years, a total of about $140,000.
Each year the awards ceremony highlights the students' accomplishments. Nominees must be Peninsula School District graduating seniors and have made a significant contribution to their field or mankind in general. Students are nominated by peers, teachers or parents. Finalists are selected by a panel at each school, followed by interviews with panels comprised of community leaders who select one individual from their specific category to receive an additional scholarship and the Panelists’ Choice award. Students are honored in one of seven different categories:
- Business & Entrepreneurs
- Community Service
- Music, Arts & Drama
- Overcoming Adversity
- Science & Technology
Through the Students of Distinction Fund, everyone can join in building a permanent endowment to help guarantee the perpetuity and strengthen the capacity of this community scholarship program. Every dollar makes a difference. Your support of the Students of Distinction Fund is an investment in higher education, which in turn strengthens our community. Click "Donate Make A Difference" at the bottom of this page, or make your contribution through the ticketing form below. Thank you for your generous support!
Tickets for the 2016 Students of Distinction Awards Banquet can be purchased online below or by cash, check or credit card at the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's office, 7191 Wagner Way, Suite 102. Please give us a call at (253) 514-6338 if you would like to stop by to get your tickets.