Light and Love Scholarship

The Light & Love Scholarship was created in 2014 by the Pappas family in honor of Nancy Pappas’s son, Dominick Pappas. This scholarship recognizes students whose personality and genuine kindness have been consistently demonstrated over the years. Nancy Pappas Barnhart is a long-time employee of Highline Public Schools who lost her son Dominick, at the age of five. Dominick would have graduated from Highline Public Schools in 2014. One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded toward university/college, vocational or community college education. Please visit our main scholarship page for eligibility information and how to apply.

2017 Light & Love Scholarship Recipient:

Light & Love Scholarship (2017)

Light and Love Scholarship: Jeraldi Gonzalez pictured with Nancy Pappas Barnhart and family

Jeraldi Gonzalez, Big Picture High School
Jeraldi plan to attend South Seattle College in the fall where she plans to look at a career in social work. She explored this interest through an internshipswith El Centro de la Raza where she experienced a variety of jobs and explored her interest in helping people. Additionally, she has been tutoring bi-lingual children in the reading partners program at a local elementary school. She has been working recently on her Senior Thesis Project dealing  with self-esteem, especially in young teenage females, which her principal described as exemplary.


dominick - first day of pre-school

Dominick on his first day of pre-school

On August 14, 2013, Dominick Curtis Pappas would have celebrated his 18th birthday and would have been happily looking forward to graduating in June from Highline Public Schools. Sadly, though, young Dominick died of heart complications just before turning five. But his memory will live forever with his mother, Nancy Pappas Barnhart and the rest of his family, who have chosen what would have been Dominick’s 18th birthday to introduce a scholarship in his name.

“Many lives were touched and made better by our little guy,” Nancy shared. “His always-present smile, mature-beyond-his-years spirit, sweet disposition, and his calm and loving demeanor left an indelible mark on all who met him, and even brightened the days of those who have since simply heard his story,” she added. “It will be a privilege for us to honor a student for their ability to, like Dominick, bring light to the world.”

The first Dominick Pappas Scholarship was presented in June 2014 to a student with whom he could have graduated, and will honor an individual whose personality and genuine kindness has been consistently demonstrated over the years, while also bringing “light” and “love” to others. “This scholarship is unique,” said Ashley Fosberg, Executive Director of Highline Schools Foundation. “It doesn’t require a minimum GPA, is not needs-based and does not require hours of community service or leadership experience. It is simply intended to recognize a student for his or her genuine kindness and warmth. How wonderful and generous of Nancy to establish this scholarship in her son’s name in order to benefit other students,” she added.


Donations Gladly Accepted
Dominick’s family has generously donated $1,000 in seed money for the scholarship and will continue to donate in perpetuity. Additional donations will be gladly accepted from anyone who would like to support this worthy cause, with the ultimate goal of increasing the scholarship dollars awarded, as well as providing for more students annually. Contributions can be made to the Highline Schools Foundation, which will earmark the donations for this particular scholarship.

Donations are accepted online through PayPal or by calling (206) 631-3120.

Questions can be emailed to: [email protected]