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A distraught 25-year-old woman threatened to jump off a pedestrian overpass onto southbound Interstate 405 yesterday afternoon. She had crawled around the protective fencing on the overpass.

State troopers and Kirkland police closed part of the freeway for nearly 1-1/2 hours while an officer talked the woman to safety, Kirkland police said.

She was taken to a medical facility for evaluation.

Mercer Island

Scholarships offered to district students

Children who have lost a parent through death or who have a terminally ill parent are encouraged to apply for the Nancy Schaps Memorial Scholarship, which is intended to help one struggling child through a particularly tough time.

A scholarship award of as much as $500 will be given to an elementary-, middle- or high-school student in the district, to be used for an activity, purchase or something else that will make a significant difference to the child.

The scholarship may be used for such things as lessons, a camp experience, a trip, sports equipment or a musical instrument.

The award honors the memory of Nancy Schaps, a former PTA member who died of cancer in 1996.

Schaps asked her husband to set up a fund to help children through the kind of trauma her sons were experiencing at the time.

Nearly 30 students have received awards since then.

Applications and information are available from the Mercer Island PTA Council or from any Mercer Island School District counselor.

Scholarship applications and contributions should be sent to the Nancy Schaps Memorial Scholarship, c/o Mercer Island PTA Council, Mercer Island School District, 4160 86th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, WA 98040.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau