Through the generosity of donors, alumni and friends, Kennedy Catholic is able to offer several named scholarships for returning students. Each award is based on specific criteria set forth in the application.

Application information and details are available in the spring each year. For information about how to support our scholarship program, please contact us or donate online.

Details about scholarships for incoming students can be found here.

Scholarships for Current Students

Christopher Bowne Memorial Scholarship

The Christopher Bowne Memorial Scholarship was established by Chris’ parents, Roberta and David and his brother Ron, in his memory following his tragic death in 2009. Christopher graduated from Kennedy Catholic in 2007 and attended Western Washington University. The family takes an active role in selecting the recipients of the scholarship and seek applicants who have the characteristics of Christopher.

Burien Actors Theatre Scholarship

The Burien Actors Theatre Scholarship was established to encourage students who have a passion for the theatre. It is funded through the generosity of local theatre boosters and the Burien Actors Theatre. Each May, one returning Kennedy Catholic student (current freshman, sophomore, or junior) from Kennedy Catholic High School will be awarded $1000 to be applied to his/her tuition for the following school year. Awards are based on proven leadership and community involvement, demonstrated love of Fine Arts and theatre performance, and are need-based. Recipient of the award will be featured in BAT's marketing and in grant applications – and therefore, will need to sign a media release.

Sister Rose Marie Dillman Scholarship

Sister Rose Marie Dillman, SP, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence on May 18, 1945. She taught at numerous Catholic grade schools throughout the region and she also served as Principal at Sacred Heart School, Tacoma, and Holy Family School, Seattle.

Sister Rose Marie worked at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School for 27 years. On February 8, 2009, the school dedicated the Sister Rose Marie Dillman Center, created and named in her honor, by the past and present alumni, students, faculty and administration. She retired in 1995 and will always be considered the school's number one fan.

Her interests included poetry, writing, attending sports events at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, teaching grade school history and geography, growing roses, playing cards, and traveling.

Sr. Rose Marie Dillman, a Sister of Providence for 68 years, passed away on April 25, 2014. This memorial scholarship is dedicated to her memory and her many years of service to the students and community of Kennedy Catholic.

Derek R. Orozco Memorial Scholarship

The Derek R. Orozco Memorial Scholarship was established in loving memory of Derek Orozco, 1987 Kennedy Catholic alumnus. He is remembered for his quiet and friendly demeanor, and personal generosity and love for his parents. Friends describe Derek as having a gift for making others feel important and valued. He was a gentle soul, humble and kind with an incredible attention for detail.

After Derek unexpectedly passed away in the winter of 2016, his devoted friends and family established the The Derek R. Orozco Foundation, a charitable organization with the mission of supporting athletics, academics, and music: three things Derek loved. In addition, Derek loved Kennedy Catholic.

Each year, friends, family, and community members come together to support the Lancer Golf Classic, with proceeds benefiting this scholarship. Winners of the scholarship are featured speakers.

Funds for this scholarship are made possible through the generosity of the Derek R. Orozco Foundation.

The Paynton Scholarship

After completing 36 years as a Lancer, Jim Paynton retired at the end of 2015. He led our band and orchestra programs for nearly four decades and impacted countless students, parents, and alumni.

He and his students began each day in the band room with a prayer.

“A personal relationship with your creator — of course that is exemplified in your relationships around you, how you approach others around you to show you are brothers and sisters in Christ,” Jim said.

Jim is humble about his accomplishments, yet he inspired confidence and a deep joy for music in a generation of students. He received many awards during his time as an educator. He was a team-builder, a mentor, visionary and tirelessly dedicated to Kennedy Catholic. His students have gone on to become adults who value music, community and high expectations. Each student he served was blessed to have him as a teacher.

Through this scholarship, his legacy will continue for years to come.

Governor Albert D. Rosellini Memorial Scholarship

The Governor Albert Rosellini Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the late Governor of the State of Washington whose grandchildren and great grandchildren have attended Kennedy Catholic High School. Rosellini served as Governor from 1957 to 1965 although he remained active in leadership and politics until his death in 2011 at the age of 101.

Every year, a dedicated group of family members and Lancer friends gather for a scholarship dinner at Kennedy Catholic to raise funds to sustain this award given to two students annually.

Meagan E. Smith Memorial Scholarship

In the summer of 2015, Kennedy Catholic suffered a heartbreaking tragedy with the loss of Meagan Smith, Class of 2012 Kennedy Catholic Alumna. The Meagan E. Smith Memorial Scholarship was established in loving memory of Meagan. Funds for this scholarship are made possible through the generosity of the Smith family and friends who are continually working to honor Meagan’s memory.

This scholarship honors the legacy of Meagan Elizabeth Smith (1993 - 2015). Meagan graduated from Kennedy Catholic in 2012 and went on to attend Western Washington University. An outstanding student, Meagan was scheduled to graduate with departmental honors in December 2015, with a Humanities major, a concentration in Religion and Culture, and a German minor. During her time at Kennedy Catholic, Meagan was an excellent student, a talented musician, and an athlete, dedicated to exploring and growing in her faith. She served her community selflessly. She was a cherished friend, daughter, sister, and student.

Awards are based on leadership, school and community involvement and academic standing.

Terlicker Memorial Scholarship

More than 20 years after his death, Randy Terlicker continues to help save lives. The Terlicker Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of the fallen firefighter. Randy was one of four firefighters killed while battling the Pang warehouse fire in January 1995. He was nearly a five-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department.

Randy Terlicker was one of six kids. He was raised in the Seattle area and graduated from Kennedy Catholic in 1978. Randy was known as “a gentle giant” who was warm, funny and encouraging to others. He left an incredible and lasting impact on those who knew him.

Through the generosity of the Terlicker family, this scholarship was established in Randy’s memory to assist students from Holy Family Seattle Parish to attend Kennedy Catholic High School.

Patrick Witkowski Memorial Scholarship

The Patrick Witkowski Memorial Scholarship was established by Patrick’s parents, Tracy and Paul, in his loving memory after his death in 2013. Patrick graduated from Kennedy Catholic in 2009 and was a graduate of Washington State University. Patrick loved his time at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School and would be touched to help Lancers succeed during their high school journey. The scholarship will be awarded based on responses to questions that Pat’s parents, Paul and Tracy, developed which align to the characteristics Patrick portrayed while attending Kennedy Catholic. Some of those characteristics include; faith, leadership and random acts of friendship.

Doug Zyskowski Memorial Scholarship

Doug Zyskowski was a Kennedy Catholic graduate of the Class of 1982. Zyskowski Scholars should demonstrate a desire to attend Kennedy Catholic. He/she must be in good academic standing and maintain an above average GPA. Academic achievement, broad interest in learning and personal growth through academics must be demonstrated. Applicants must display Christian values. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to current Kennedy Catholic freshmen, sophomores or juniors who complete the application by the deadline.

Jack Nichols Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is given to a current 9th grade Kennedy Catholic High School student who best represents the characteristics set forth by the Nichols family. The scholarship amount is based on one month of tuition. Information about applications may be found through the BSHARP organization.

Application Process

Through the generosity of donors, alumni, and friends, Kennedy Catholic is able to offer several named scholarships for returning students. Applications for the 2019-2020 returning student scholarships have closed. The recipients will be notified in mid April. Thank you to everyone who applied!

If you have questions about scholarships, or the application process, please contact Rebecca Nuffer.

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