The Ike Foundation® is a non-profit organization founded by Mike and Becky Iaconelli. The mission of the Foundation is to introduce urban and rural children to the wholesome sport of fishing while instilling in them a love and respect for the outdoors. The Ike Foundation® Scholarship Fund provides five college scholarships to deserving high school seniors who share The Ike Foundation’s® mission and meet academic and mission-based criteria.
The 2019 Ike Foundation® Scholarship Dinner raised over $17,000 this year, with help from the local community and sponsors as well as generous support from the fishing community and corporate sponsors.
Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing full-time enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States. Awards are based on academic achievement, demonstrated volunteer commitment (preferably in the fishing or conservation world), and a personal statement of how fishing has impacted their life and prepared them for college. The deadline has been extended as students may be waiting for college acceptance letters. Completed and submitted application materials must be postmarked or submitted online before April 5, 2019.
The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee conducts a blind review of all applications to determine the final award. Trustees score submissions using a pre-defined point system. Scholarship awards may be applied to tuition, fees, supplies, books, or equipment. All interested applicants can submit their scholarship application online.
The Ike Foundation® hosts and sponsors several fundraising events per year. All proceeds support the mission and are tax-deductible via online donation.
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The Ike Foundation® appreciates the generous donations from individuals and corporate sponsors, including Bass Cat Boats, Toyota, Yamaha Outboard Motors, Hobie, Abu Garcia, Flambeau, Rapala, RAM Mounts®, Sawyer and more. See a full list of our sponsors.