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Blair Holden Memorial Scholarship

The Blair Holden Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 by the Holden Family and the Gull Lake Area Rotary Club to honor the memory of Blair Holden. Blair was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of their ROTC program. He and his wife, Olga, raised their three daughters in Okemos, Michigan, where he was an enthusiastic supporter of education and community and where he completed 37 years for Sears, Inc., finishing as a store manager. Blair enjoyed sailing on Gull Lake (where he maintained a home) and in Florida and had been a member of the Gull Lake Area Rotary Club since 1993. Blair was well known in the Rotary and the Gull Lake area for his support of the 4th of July Raffle and his great sense of humor. 


$500; renewable for up to 4 consecutive terms (up to 2 years), with an annual amount not to exceed $1,000 

Eligibility Criteria 

  • The applicant must be attending the Gull Lake Gateway as a graduating senior or have graduated from the Gull Lake Gateway Academy in the previous 12 months. 
  • Financial need will be considered. 
  • The scholarship recipient must attend an accredited post-secondary college or school, full-time or part-time, beginning the summer or fall immediately following graduation. 

Application Instructions 

The following must be turned into Lynnette Walker, Gateway Academy Supervisor.

  • One completed copy of the Scholarship Application 
  • One brief, typewritten essay (250-500 words) that describes: 
  • What are your future educational plans? 
  • Why you believe you are ready for your future plans? 
  • How you were prepared by the Gateway Academy experience? 
  • How this scholarship will help you financially? 


There will be an interview process following review of the completed applications. 

Eligible Expenses and Renewal Criteria 

Scholarship funds may be used toward tuition, and related educational costs, including books, lab and equipment fees and transportation. Eligible expenses will be reviewed by the Blair Holden Memorial Scholarship committee. The scholarship recipient may renew this scholarship for 4 consecutive terms (up to 2 years), providing the following criteria is met:

  • The student provides a course schedule and student ID number to the Gull Lake Community School Foundation. 
  • The student submits a budget of financial needs to Mrs. Walker, Gull Lake Gateway Academy. 
  • The student provides monthly email or telephone reports about academic progress to Mrs. Walker. 
  •  The student maintains a 2.0 GPA. 
  • Should circumstances require that a scholarship recipient must limit enrollment to a part-time status,
  • Consideration will be given to the recipient to extend the period of eligibility of the scholarship as long as the recipient is continuously enrolled in a course of study and the Blair Holden Memorial Scholarship committee approves the extension.