The Christine J. Neir Memorial Scholarship

…was established by the Kirkland Heritage Society for the purpose of awarding an annual scholarship to one or more college bound seniors and to foster an interest in the local history of Kirkland.

For 2018, the essay topic is: “What Advice Would You Give Younger Kids About High School?”   The scholarship amount is $2,000.  Deadline is April 15th.

We encourage students that enjoy writing and can express themselves creatively guided by the topic, not necessarily the students with the best GPA.

We look forward to reading the entries.

Scholarship Annoucement

Scholarship Application


About Christine J. Neir

Christine was born October 18, 1929, in Inkster, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Education. She married her college sweetheart Robert Neir in August 1951, and they found themselves drawn to the charms of Kirkland, a peaceful little town on the shores of Lake Washington, where in 1955 they built their first home on Rose Hill.

Later they moved to a new home in the Houghton area, where Christine raised her four boys, whom all graduated from Lake Washington High School.

Christine was very involved with her community. She was a reporter for the local Kirkland newspaper, employed with Washington Federal Savings & Loans in the Kirkland branch for 19 years, and her husband, Robert, was a Kirkland city councilman for twenty years and mayor for six.

To recognize and honor Christine’s life, her warm heart, unwavering love, and generous spirit, her family, friends and the Kirkland Heritage Society have sponsored this annual scholarship.