A new scholarship specifically for Ketchikan students has been established through the Alaska Community Foundation and Ketchikan Community Foundation.
According to an announcement this week, the Brindle family has donated $100,000 to start the Alec and Cornelia Brindle Family Scholarship fund. Through that fund, each Ketchikan High School graduating valedictorian will be awarded $5,000 for their continuing education.
The scholarship is a way for the family to remember A.W. “Winn” Brindle, according to the announcement. Winn graduated from Kayhi in 1920, and started his college education at the University of Washington. But, his father died and Winn returned to Ketchikan to take care of his mother and six siblings.
Alec Brindle says in the announcement that the scholarship honors his father, and what Winn might have achieved if he’d been able to continue his education.
The first Brindle Family scholarship is expected to be awarded this year.