It all started when…

Dave “Hendu” Henderson was a former major league baseball player.  Dave started his career as the first player drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1977.  In 1986, Henderson hit a ninth-inning, two-out, two-strike epic homer that lifted the Red Sox to a Game 5 victory over the Angels in the American League Championship Series.  The Red Sox won games 6 & 7 to advance to the World Series.  During his 14 seasons in the major leagues, he also played for the Oakland A’s.  He was on their last championship team in 1989 and was with the team for two other World Series appearances.  Dave’s autographs were always signed “Hendu, still having fun.”

Off the field, he carried on his life in leadership roles helping kids by co-founding Rick’s Toys for Kids.  He was also actively involved in sponsoring events and fundraisers to find a cure for Angelman’s syndrome, the disease his son has bravely lived with since birth.

This scholarship was established to recognize outstanding high school seniors that exemplify the high standards and commitment to the community that Dave believed in.  


250 – 300 word double spaced essay on:

“How does continuing your education make you smile every day?”

Use Toys for Kids Scholarship in the subject line.

Description: Academic scholarship for high school seniors graduating in June 2024.

Award Amount: $5,000.00

Academic Year: 2024-2025

Award State: Washington State Residents Only

Award Notification: November 2023

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023 @11:59pm

Applications must be postmarked, emailed or submitted online no later than Friday, September 15, 2023.

Renewable: No

Type of Student: High School Seniors

Situations Funded: Tuition and books only (checks will be made to financial institution)

GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA of 2.0

Submission: Due September 15, 2023


Mail To: Toys for Kids – Hendu Scholarship / PO Box 2104 / Issaquah, WA 98027

We can’t do it without our scholarship sponsors!!!



  • This event has passed.