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
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
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.
THE ANNALEE THORNDIKE ART
AND THE JOHN F. MULLEN
HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
AS INDICATED BELOW
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
ANNALEE THORNDIKE ART
the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation
A special Thank You to all
participants in the 2017
Annalee Thorndike Art
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 (email@example.com)
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.
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.
JOHN F. MULLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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.
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.