*     Graduates of Laconia High School, Gilford High School or Belmont High School in New Hampshire. 

*     Legal residents of Laconia, Gilford or Belmont, New Hampshire.

*      Those qualified for a specific donor preference or requirement. Some local clubs and civic organizations also offer awards to their members regardless of high school or residency requirements. 

* Click HERE for a list of Donor Exceptions.


Only one application is necessary to apply for all the scholarship funds administered by the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation.



Awards were disbursed in June 2017.

Check back here in January for the 2018-2019 Academic Year Application Form,

Applicant Appraisal Form and Applicant Instructions.




Screening Process
Each application is screened on the basis of financial need, extra-curricular activities, scholastic rating and the student's career goals and plans for colleges. We ensure a conscientious, confidential and fair assessment of each application.


Amount of Awards
In general, award amounts are determined by the rating given by the screening committee, based on the need of the applicant and the quality of the application.


Notification & Disbursement of Funds
Most graduating high school students are notified at their school’s award night or graduation ceremony. All recipients are notified by the end of June. Scholarship winners receive a College Certification and Request for Disbursement form which must be completed by their college. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Foundation forwards a check to the college, to be applied to the student’s account and disbursed as half for each semester. Students receiving awards of $300 or less may be reimbursed directly by sending the Foundation validation (copy of cancelled checks or receipts) that college-related expenses have been paid.







Qualifying students may also submit a Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation application  for other scholarship funds administered by LRSF.  The LRSF application must be received on or before the deadline specified on the application.




Sponsored by the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation


A special Thank You to all participants in the 2017

 Annalee Thorndike Art Competition .

In the spring of each year, LRSF sponsors an art competition to determine the winners of the Annalee Thorndike Art Award.  Students wishing to participate should submit the art competition application either by mail c/o Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312) or by email (



The entry form for the art competition may be downloaded from the following link:

Annalee Thorndike Art Competition Entry Form



Eligibility & Requirements

*     *      The Annalee Thorndike scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the student’s art work and winners are determined by a three-person panel of judges.

*      Current high school graduating seniors who are Lakes Region - Belknap County - residents and who will be attending college in the fall as art majors (or some related field such as graphic design) are eligible to apply.

*      The competition is restricted to two-dimensional art works only, because of the limited scope of the award. Participants are asked to submit 5 (five) paintings, etc., along with sketchbooks, and artist’s statements or narratives. Paintings may be framed or matted. Photography does not qualify for this competition.






The John F. Mullen Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Laconia High School, Gilford High School or Belmont High School - or - graduating seniors who are residents of Laconia, Gilford or Belmont. 

To qualify for the scholarship, students must submit a cover sheet and essay by April 1st. In addition, a Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation application is required.

The Cover Sheet and Essay Guidelines may be downloaded below. 

John F. Mullen Memorial Scholarship Cover Sheet

John F. Mullen, or “Jay,” as his family knew him, was happiest when he was on the water or in the mountains, and once a week he brought his experiences inside, and wrote about them in the sports section of the Washington Post, where he also worked fulltime as a copyeditor.

For the newspaper he was usually writing about short trips in the Washington area. As a traveler on his own, Jay had made a point of seeing the world, beginning when he was 19-years-old and living in Europe for a year. But if his travels brought him worldliness he never let that spoil the pleasure he took in the place from which he came. He grew up in Massachusetts, but as a boy his family usually went north when it was time to get away, and in 1981, when Jay was a freshman in high school, his parents bought an A-frame on River Road in Gunstock Acres. It was here that, for several years, Jay spent much of his free time swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee, stalking the rivers for crawfish and, occasionally, trout, throwing the football, playing basketball, stacking wood beside the house and skiing Gunstock.

On skis Jay embodied for the rest of his family a sublime vision of speed, grace and athleticism, and in his eyes there was the gift given to those who are absorbed in the pleasure of the moment.

His parents sold the house in Gunstock Acres, eventually, but they returned to the area in 1997 to retire, buying a different house on the hillside near the Alton line. When Jay had time off from work, he often came back to the Lakes Region.

His life in Washington was busy and since he did not love the city life, it was important to get a way when he could, and New Hampshire was a place he preferred to be. This was illustrated memorably the day his parents saw him sitting by a window in an odd corner of their house silently watching the snow fall. At Gunstock, after several inches fell, he took run after run with his parents, and after they tired and called it a day, he kept going up the chairlift without them, and coming down with the exuberance, poise and pleasure he took to those same slopes as a kid. He was 37 years old by then. He’d lived and skied in Steamboat, Colorado. He’d skied at Blackcomb in British Columbia, Jackson Hole, Park City, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and the European Alps. But this little ski area in Gilford, he told his mother, was a “treasure” to him.

His home in Arlington, Virginia, was a place not only for the gear that he took to the outdoors, but for the books he read – a library that would grow and be pared down like an unruly hedge again and again over the years. He read prodigiously for so many years, and he read everything, the classics of literature as well as modern classics, biographies of the writers who wrote them, books of poetry, books about the Civil War, about French films, about adventure and travel, about music and more. He could never regret the education it gave him, but as he got older and realized how precious our time on Earth really is, and started seeing his days as a finite resource, he realized he didn’t want to spend so much time reading about living, when he could be out there experiencing life for himself.

In the last several years of his life, while he wouldn’t put the books away completely, he turned his intense focus to being more active. When he wasn’t jumping on a surf board, swimming, mountain biking, snowshoeing up a mountain trail or flying down one on his new skis, he was often training in the gym.

“He was like Thoreau, with muscles,” one of his colleagues at the Post wrote.

From the age of 32 to 37, when metabolisms are slowing and guys are waking up with extra pounds suddenly taped around their bellies, Jay made kayaking his chief pursuit. Then in just two years after learning the fundamentals of the sport, at age 34, he rather remarkably qualified to compete for a spot on the Whitewater Olympic Slalom team, as it was preparing to represent the U.S. in Athens in the summer of 2004.

He was more than a long shot to make the team, he knew, but it was the experience of competing at the highest level of his sport that interested him, as well as having the chance to write about it in the paper. For Jay, his choice to live more fully was affirmed by this kind of participation, and reaffirmed every time he paddled, skied, ran, climbed, biked – whatever sport it was -- or whenever he made a new friend in any one of these sports, it was another reminder that he much preferred the active life over the sedentary and isolated one. Such are “the pleasures of merely circulating,” to quote the poet Wallace Stevens, as Jay so often did.









Location: DeCamp Center, 14 Country Club Road, Gilford NH 03249
Mailing address: PO Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312
Telephone: 603 527-3533

Contact Person: Joan M. Cormier, Executive Director
Website: Barbara Cushing-Moore

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