Distinguished Navigation Scholarship

Open toFor district-wide competition

These scholarships are funded by donations to the Franklin Pierce Foundation mainly from district personnel through payroll deductions and one-time donations.


The scholarship will be awarded to twelve outstanding graduates from the high school programs in the Franklin Pierce School District to apply toward their post-secondary education. These scholarships are based on distinguished-level work in the student’s Navigation portfolios and portfolio presentations. Two alternates will also be selected.

Amount12 scholarship(s) of $1,000 each. (total annual contribution: $12,000)
Award notesOne time award.
Selection criteria
  • The twelve scholarships will be awarded to students based on a rating scale.
  • Scores from the portfolio and the district portfolio presentation will be added together for the final score.
  • The highest scoring student(s) from each judging panel will be awarded the Distinguished Navigation Scholarships. For instance, if there are four different judging panels, the top three scoring students from each panel will be awarded the scholarship.
  • The two non-recipients with the highest final scores will be the alternates for the scholarships.
Selection process

Students will be nominated by building teams and should meet the distinguished criteria for both portfolio and portfolio presentation by the school-based judging panel. If a student does not meet the distinguished criteria as determined by the judging panel, and the school team believes he or she should still be nominated, then building teams should have strong evidence that the student will meet the criteria set forth by district judging panels. Distinguished criteria are outlined in the attached rubrics.

The district judging panels will consist of three to five members. Every effort should be made to include at least three of the following groups on each panel: Franklin Pierce Schools’ Board of Directors, Franklin Pierce Foundation members, community business leaders, higher education, or other local citizens. Students nominated will be notified of the time and location for their district presentation.

Special considerations: Students will be notified no later than June 6th whether or not they have been awarded the Distinguished Navigation Scholarship, or if they are an alternate.

Administration of the fundThe fund is administered by the Franklin Pierce Foundation, a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Washington.
Method of payment
  • Receipt of a completed Scholarship Acceptance Form will hold this scholarship for the student. The scholarship can be held no longer than 16 months after June 30th of the year of graduation from high school.
  • Upon receipt of Proof of Enrollment Form including a student ID number, funds will be released to the institution in the name of the student.
Complete the Scholarship Acceptance Form and Proof of Enrollment Form online at: https://franklinpiercefdn.org/forms-for-recipients/
Fund typeAnnual scholarship