Karen Kay Bitikofer

Salem Dream Center Scholarship

Karen was an ardent supporter of the Salem Dream Center, as well as the children and families they work with. Her dream was that the Salem Dream Center would realize their dream to create a full time learning center where children could fully receive the support they needed in order to excel in school, and in life. She also had a dream that the disadvantaged children who Dream Center works with, would not just receive support with education and mentorship, but also receive the financial support they needed to fully realize their dreams to attend college.

The Karen Kay Bitikofer scholarship program was established in Karen’s memory in November of 2016. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage teens who are active members of the Salem Dream Center to realize their dreams as they strive for higher education.

Karen was a dream was that all children have an opportunity to rise up out of poverty, and realize their full potential. Karen was passionate about helping children believe in themselves, and to dream of a better life that would break the oppressive chains of generational poverty. The Karen Kay Bitikofer Scholarship enables children to break free from those chains of generational poverty.

The Salem Dream Center Scholarship Board will awarded up to two scholarships in May of each year. Applicants must be active members in the Salem Dream Center. Applicants must demonstrate a history of community service. Applicants must be accepted into either a 2-year, or 4-year college/university. Applicants will be required to submit an essay on either: “How has Dream Center helped me realize me dreams.” or “How has Dream Center changed my life.’ The essay should not be less than 500 words, and not more than 2,500 words. Awards will be based upon accumulative grade point, community service, and the content of the applicants essay.

Karen Kay Bitikofer
Salem Dream Center Scholarship

Applications must include: Typed Essay, School Transcript & List of Volunteer Activities. Optional: References.


PO Box 5976

Salem OR. 97304



Application Deadline:

March 31st at 5:00pm PST

Number of Awards:

Up to 2

Maximum Award Amount:


Support the Karen Kay Bitikofer Scholarship Fund:

Donate online to the Karen Kay Bitikofer Scholarship Fund

Or mail your donation to:

Salem Dream Center

PO Box 5976

Salem OR.97304

*Note “Karen’s Scholarship” on the memo line

Donations to Karen’s scholarship fund qualify as a charitable donation, and you will receive a donation letter.