Highline Schools Foundation announces new ‘Light and Love’ Scholarship

Print This Post  Email This Post

DominickPappasToday – Wednesday, Aug. 14 – Dominick Curtis Pappas would have celebrated his birthday and would be happily looking forward to graduating next summer from Highline Public Schools.

Sadly, though, young Dominick died of heart complications just before turning five. But his memory will live forever with his mother, Nancy Pappas Barnhart and the rest of his family, who have chosen what would have been Dominick’s 18th birthday to introduce a scholarship in his name.

“Many lives were touched and made better by our little guy,” Nancy shared. “His always-present smile, mature-beyond-his-years spirit, sweet disposition, and his calm and loving demeanor left an indelible mark on all who met him, and even brightened the days of those who have since simply heard his story,” she added. “It will be a privilege for us to honor a student for their ability to, like Dominick, bring light to the world.”

The first Dominick Pappas Scholarship will be presented in June 2014 to a student with whom he may have graduated, and will honor an individual whose personality and genuine kindness has been consistently demonstrated over the years, while also bringing “light” and “love” to others. “This scholarship is unique,” said Ashley Fosberg, Executive Director of Highline Schools Foundation. “It doesn’t require a minimum GPA, is not needs-based and does not require hours of community service or leadership experience. It is simply intended to recognize a student for his or her genuine kindness and warmth. How wonderful and generous of Nancy to establish this scholarship in her son’s name in order to benefit other students,” she added.

Donations Gladly Accepted
Dominick’s family has generously donated $1,000 in seed money for the scholarship and will continue to donate in perpetuity. Additional donations will be gladly accepted from anyone who would like to support this worthy cause, with the ultimate goal of increasing the scholarship dollars awarded, as well as providing for more students annually. Contributions can be made to the Highline Schools Foundation, which will earmark the donations for this particular scholarship.

Donations will be accepted online at: www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org or by calling (206) 248-5196.

Questions can be emailed to: [email protected]

Scholarship Details

  • The first Dominick Pappas Light and Love Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student in the Class of 2014.
  • One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded toward university/college, vocational or community college education.
  • Scholarship is distributed in one lump-sum to the university/college, vocational or community college.
  • Eligibility: Students interested in being considered may apply beginning in January 13, 2014.
  • The application process includes a short essay by the applicant and two letters of reference from a Highline School District employee (Principal, Teacher, Counselor, Classified staff, etc.)
  • The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014.
  • Students must live in the Highline School District service area and graduate from Highline School District by 6/30/2014. Proof of graduation will be required by the recipient.

Nancy has a long history in the district having graduated from Highline High School and lived in the community for much of her life. She has worked for the district for nearly 13 years as Director of Human Resources, Career Readiness Program Developer at Aviation High School, and in her current post as the Internships Coordinator and Career Pathing Advisor at Big Picture High School. According to Nancy, the opportunity to join the Highline School District family in 2000 felt like coming home and was a true blessing after the tragedy of losing her beloved son. The district is indeed an extended family; Dominick’s sister, Zoey, graduated from Mount Rainier High School in 2011, and his grandma Loretta also works in the district.

The Highline Schools Foundation’s mission is to provide community resources to help Highline Public Schools succeed. It is the only 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to benefit students and teachers in all Highline Public Schools. For more information please visit www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: On a personal note, I am happy to share that Nancy Pappas Barnhart has been working as an Associate Producer on a film I Directed/Produced – The Maury Island Incident – which will be coming out this Fall! I also know her from serving as a Mentor at Big Picture High School, and have found her to be a very generous, thoughtful woman.]

Print This Post  Email This Post


One Response to “Highline Schools Foundation announces new ‘Light and Love’ Scholarship”
  1. Sandy says:

    This was my “feel good” read for not just today, but the entire week! What a wonderful way to keep the memory of your son alive! His warmth will be reflected by the future winner’s of this scholarship and they will take that glow into any college and career they pursue, truly making the world a better place!

    As someone living in this world they will brighten, thank you.

Share Your Opinion

By participating in our online comment system, you are agreeing to abide by the terms of our comment policy.

...and oh, if you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!