Nature’s Coastal Holiday, a nonprofit organization responsible for the Festival of Lights holiday display in Azalea Park, is partnering with the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) Foundation to offer three scholarships for students attending the school’s campus in Brookings.
“Many people don’t realize this is a completely volunteer-coordinated and staffed holiday lights event...,” said Klaus Gielish, board president of Nature’s Coastal Holiday. “The goal with this ambassador scholarship is to encourage that same ripple effect of volunteering.”
Students can apply for the Nature’s Coastal Holiday Ambassador Scholarship starting Jan. 1 by completing an application online at www.socc.edu/scholarships. Applications are due by March 1.
Recipients must attend Southwestern’s Curry campus in the upcoming 2020-21 academic year and plan to take at least six credits.
In the spirit of Nature’s Coastal Holiday’s mission, recipients also must demonstrate community involvement and leadership, and be willing to volunteer at least 10 hours with the organization.
The annual event began with 22,000 lights in 1997 and has grown to more than 2 million lights, bringing more than 20,000 visitors to the Brookings-Harbor community each year.
Southwestern’s Curry campus is at 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway in Brookings.