The Anacortes Schools Foundation has received a bequest of $444,000 from the estate of Tracy O. Deskin to fund new scholarships for graduating Anacortes High School students.

The bequest is expected to annually fund as many as six scholarships of $2,500 each for students furthering their education in engineering or the arts. Some scholarships will be merit-based and others will be need-based.

Tracy Deskin died in Anacortes on Nov. 9, 2014, just days shy of his 93rd birthday. He was a B-17 bomber pilot during World War II. Once the war was over, he settled in Alaska, where he met Zillah Schwartz, who would become his wife. The couple moved to Anacortes in 1983 after he retired. She died in 2003 following 50 years of marriage.

Tracy Deskin was a civil engineer and Zillah had an interest in the arts. They wanted to establish scholarships to support students pursing further education in both the arts and engineering.

The scholarship seeks to encourage outstanding Anacortes High School graduates to continue their education through attendance at a college, university or trade school to better prepare them for an ever-changing world.

In addition to the Deskin Scholarships, the Foundation will award about three-dozen other scholarships during their annual Scholarship Ceremony, which will be held on June 1, 2016, at Brodniak Hall on the AHS campus.

The Anacortes Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster excellence in education by supporting our local schools. ASF governed by a 21-member volunteer board that represents a cross-section of the community.