smiling winner of 2021 holt adoptee scholarship contest

Holt Adoptee Scholarship Contest

Adoptees can enter for the opportunity to be awarded $700 towards an educational pursuit!

We are thrilled to announce the seventh annual Holt Adoptee Scholarship Contest! This year, three adoptees will each be awarded $700, thanks to the generous contribution of Holt donors.

This opportunity is open to any adoptee (domestic or international, adopted through any agency) who is a 2024 high school graduate and planning to enroll — or currently enrolled — in a higher education program, such as a university, trade school, technical training program or other eligible educational pursuit.

To apply, please send your contact information to Holt International, along with an artistic expression responding to the following prompt:

What is the one thing you want to tell parents starting the adoption process, and how would this advice have impacted your adoption journey?

We encourage you to interpret the prompt creatively — either through a self-portrait, an essay, digital art, a zine, a song, original choreography, poetry, a short film or any other form that inspires you! For non-essay submissions, please include a brief artist statement describing your piece in 200 words or less.

The winners will be announced by September 1, 2024, and their submissions will be featured in at least one Holt International digital publication and on our social media pages.

Submissions are due by June 1, 2024.

Please email submissions of photos, videos and essays to:

Elliot Bliss
[email protected]

Please mail traditional art and mixed media submissions to:
Holt International
ATTN: Elliot Bliss
250 Country Club Rd
Eugene, OR 97401

Our team can’t wait to see what you create!

Funds will be disbursed through a check mailed to the administrative office of each winner’s educational program of choice. For questions about a submission medium or applicant eligibility, please contact Elliot Bliss at [email protected].

View Past Adoptee Scholarship Contest Winners

Meet This Year’s Judges

We are excited to introduce the Holt staff members who will judge the 2024 annual Holt Adoptee Scholarship contest!

Holt post-adoption programs lead Elliot Bliss

Elliot Bliss
Post Adoption Programs Lead

Elliot is a Korean adoptee who grew up in Oregon. In his role at Holt, Elliot creates, implements and oversees programs and resources for all adoptees. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, trying out new restaurants and relaxing at home with his two cats.

Amy Trotter, LCSW
Director, Post Adoption Services

Amy is a Vietnamese adoptee who joined Holt in 2014. She has worked in child welfare for more than 28 years, with experience in the areas of foster care, housing, juvenile court and adoption. In her free time, Amy loves to travel and plan trips. “I think I would be a travel agent in another life!” she says.

Brooke Loomis, Holt Adoptee Scholarship Contest 2023 Judge

Brooke Loomis
Waiting Child Case Manager

Brooke is a Chinese adoptee who advocates for the well-being, mental health and belonging of transracial adoptees. At Holt, Brooke advocates and finds homes for children with special needs. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading books and watching “The Challenge” on TV.

Holt Adoptee Camp Director Nate Schiffer

Nate Schiffer
Director, Holt Adoptee Camp

Nate, a Filipino adoptee, grew up in Oregon. He has four siblings who are also adopted from the Philippines. In his spare time, Nate likes to try new food places, go to the gym and spend time with friends and family.

Cara Smith, Holt International

Cara Smith, MSW
Holt Branch Social Worker

Cara is a Holt Korea adoptee who became a social worker because of her desire to work with adoptive families. Today, Cara supports Holt families in Nebraska and Iowa through their adoption process. She also works with Holt’s Waiting Child Program and Post Adoption Services.

Dottie Enrico, senior executive of creative services and brand management

Dottie Enrico
Senior Executive, Creative Services & Brand Management

Dottie works for Holt as a marketing strategist. She is also Korean orphan #1371 and one of the earliest adoptees to be adopted into a U.S. family in 1959. She later returned to Holt in 1998 to adopt her daughter, Eleanor, from Holt Korea. She is a former journalist and ad executive who worked at USA Today, BBDO and the Meredith Corporation.

group of people in graduation caps and gowns throwing colorful confetti into the air

View the Holt Adoptee Yearbooks!

Each year, we invite graduates to submit a photo and bio to be included in the Holt Adoptee Yearbook! Submissions for this year’s digital yearbook are now closed, but you can view past yearbooks below.

Lifelong Adoption Support

Holt is committed to providing lifelong support to adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and any other person whose life has been touched by adoption.

We invite you to reach out to us for help with anything from birth family search to short-term counseling to finding ways to connect with others who have similar lived experiences.