Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2022 recipient!

Gino Rinaldi Morella

Student name: Gino Rinaldi Morella

Grandparents: Gary & Susan Atwood

Lives in: Burien, WA

High School: O’Dea High School

GPA: 3.4

Ancestry: Steinthor Hermann and May Hermann, my great grandfather Pete Hermann was President of an earlier version of the Icelandic Club. Steinthor Herman my great grandfather volunteered at the original Nordic Heritage Museum.

Special Honors and Academic Achievements: School Chaplin, Class Chaplin, School Ambassador, Edmund Rice Award.

ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Extracurricular activities you enjoy and participate in: I enjoy spending some of my extra time in our church, such as altar serving on Sunday masses. I also enjoy spending time with my family. This year after school I had a variety of jobs. After school during November/December I spent time selling Christmas trees at a tree lot. Then during the rest of the year, I spent my time at a paid internship in a finance office. I am also looking forward to my future trip to Iceland with My grandmother Susan Hermann Atwood and my mother Sonja.

Community Service: I have given a lot of community service hours back to my church, by helping with Sunday mass and school sponsored events throughout the year.

Work experience: Before the Coronavirus pandemic I worked in a small Italian restaurant, and I loved it. Then because of covid the restaurant had to close, so my cousin and I mowed lawns all through the pandemic. When things started to clear up, I worked with my father estimating landscaping jobs for his buisness. Then through ought November and December (last year and this year) I worked seven days a week selling Christmas trees. After this I just most recently worked in a Finance office. I also speak both Italian and Spanish so this helped me in both of my work experiences.

FUTURE PLANS:

Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend:   San Diego State University.

Educational goals: I would like to major in International business and minor in Italian studies

Long term career goals: My long term career goals are not too clear at the moment, but I definitely want to get into international business trade.

Congratulations to our 2021 recipients!

Student name: Jóhanna Karen Haraldsdóttir

Parents: Haraldur Gunnlaugsson og Erna Kristinsdóttir

Lives in: Kirkland, WA

High School: Lake Washington H.S.

GPA: 3.90

Ancestry: My family are all born and raised in Iceland and are club members. 

Special Honors and Academic Achievements: Made Dean’s at List Lake Washington Institute of Technology as part of Running Start program two years in a row.

ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Extracurricular activities you enjoy and participate in: Music (singing), soccer and weightlifting.

Community Service: Volunteered as Assistant to soccer coach.

Work experience: Domino’s Pizza summer of 2019.

FUTURE PLANS:

Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend: Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Educational goals: First, complete an AA degree in Health Sciences and then further my studies at either an American University or in Europe.

Long term career goals: Work in the medical field. 

Student name: Joseph Keller (Jed)

Mother: Krista Palmason Keller

Lives in: Shoreline, WA

High School: Shorewood H.S.

GPA: 3.42

Ancestry: My mother’s side (Palmason) goes back many generations. Mother and sister were both ICGS Princesses. 

Special Honors and Academic Achievements: Dean’s List my Senior year. 

ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Extracurricular activities you enjoy and participate in: Lettered in baseball and was team captain my senior year.

Community Service: Volunteered at my elementary school and also helped at various PTA events.

Work experience: Worked as camp counselor at Shoreline Recreation Center.

FUTURE PLANS:

Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend: Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Educational goals: I am pursuing a career in a trade. I want to become a welder.

Long term career goals: A career in the welding trade. 

Congratulations to our 2020 recipients!

Marcus Edward Thordarson, Renton WA

Parent/Grandparent: William Thordarson Ancestry: Great grandmother and aunt were both Icelandic princesses and great grandmother was originally from Iceland.
School: Hazen H.S. GPA: 3.0
Accomplishments: Soccer and Basketball
Community Service: 21 hours of young life and basketball camps
Work experience: Subway and QFC
College: Will attend W.S.U.
Educational goals: Graduate college with 3.0 or better with a business degree
Long term goals: I want to work for a big company doing marketing and one day open a business
of my own.

Malin Baldey Margeirsdottir, Mill Creek WA

Parents: Margeir Reynisson & Elin Baldursdottir
Ancestry: Born and raised in Iceland and all ancestors are Icelandic.

High School: Henry M. Jackson H.S. GPA: 3.9
Special Honors and Academic Achievements:

I got awarded for good attendance (98% or higher). Also Student of the Month for September my Senior year.
Extracurricular activities you enjoy and participate in:

I participated in choir all throughout my high school career, along with a bit of acting. I was also a part of link crew which is a club that offers
assistance to incoming freshman and new students to the school.
Work experience:

Did garden work for my community 8 th – 10 th grade. Also worked at a nursing home for the last year or so.
Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend:

Currently attending Cascadia CC for my AA degree in integrated studies.
Educational goals:

In the future, I would like to get into the computer engineering program that the University of Washington has to offer and from there get my bachelor’s degree.
Long term career goals:

My career goal for the future is to become a computer engineer and work for a
big company like Microsoft or Amazon. Ultimately, I would love to work a job that will make a difference
in the world. I love helping people and strive to make the world a better place.

Hrafnkell Ísar Tjörvason, Redmond WA

Parents: Tjörvi Hrafnkelsson & Kristbjörg Jónasdóttir Ancestry: Born and raised in Iceland and all ancestors are Icelandic.
High School: Lake Washington High School GPA: 3.4
Special Honors and Academic Achievements: AP World History. Varsity letter soccer.
Extracurricular activities: Soccer.
Community Service: Community work through soccer team.
Work experience: Camp ground supervisor 2018 & 2019.
Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend: Lake Washington
Institute of Technology.
Educational goals: Engineering degree.
Long term career goals: Helping people.

Gianna Kristine Morella, Sammamish WA

Grandparents: Gary & Susan Atwood. Ancestry: Mom and grandma are members. Grandma is 100% Icelandic.
High School: Kennedy Catholic H.S. GPA: 3.5
Special Honors and Academic Achievements: Honor Roll, college in the H.S. credits. Member of the
National Spanish Honors Society and V.P. of N.S.H.S. Extracurricular activities you enjoy and participate in: Gymnastics, leadership roles (leading school retreats), painting, Lacrosse and dance.
Community Service: New Orleans service trip with Habitat for Humanity. 6 years of community service
such as feeding the homeless with both my elementary and high schools.
Work experience: Administrative asst. and creative Brother’s landscape, asst paralegal at Bishop Law
(summer jobs).
Regionally accredited College/University/Vocational Program you will attend: Washington State
University.
Educational goals: Study psychology and become a psychiatrist.
Long term career goals: To become a psychiatrist.