Scholarship foundation holds fundraiser Mar. 8.

  • Feb. 17, 2012 2:00 p.m.

The Fernandez Earle Foundation originally gave scholarships for marine biology but now gives them for any degree-granting program. The full scholarships are for four years of undergraduate studies, said Foundation Executive Director Beverly Kniffen, including air fare, tuition, and food, and are worth over $100,000.The fundraiser, at the the Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate, will be a silent auction with such items as a weekend trip to Maude Island and Hawaiian gifts and art. The foundation also raises money through a fishing tournament at Langara Lodge, and fundraisers in Vancouver and Hawaii.Five foundation board members are coming for the event and to interview this year’s candidates. The scholarship will be awarded either at the fundraiser, or a few days later, depending on when board members make their choice, as it’s always a difficult decision, said Ms Kniffen.The foundation presents one scholarship annually to one of the partnering universities, Simon Fraser, Western Washington and Hawaii Pacific. The scholarship this year is the Hawaiian scholarship, as 2013 will be as well. 2014 will be for a scholarship to the WWU, and 2015 will be to SFU.