Community Foundation Scholarships

The 2018 Scholarship Application cycle is now closed. Thank You to all who applied! Congratulations to all 2018 recipients - Notification Letters have been mailed.

Please contact Valerie Piper with any questions. (360) 705-3340 or email

Griffin School Foundation - Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship

Background: Cody Brown was a Griffin Elementary School fifth grader when a tragic accident took his life. This award honors his memory.

Amount: $2,000

Key Criteria: Applicant must have been a Griffin School student who attended a minimum of two years at Griffin School, and currently be a high school senior in a public or accredited private high school in Thurston County as of September of the application year.

Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

Ecosystems Scholarship

Background: This scholarship was created to assist a college student with a declared major in natural resources or land use planning. These include the fields of forestry, fisheries, wildlife, water resources, marine and freshwater ecology, air quality, geology, renewable energy, ecosystems management, climate change, environmental sciences and other closely related areas. Land use planning includes all activities that address zoning, infrastructure development and policies that ensure land is used or managed to benefit the human population and to protect the environment.

More information about this scholarship is available here

Amount: up to $5,000

Key Criteria: Must be currently enrolled, as Sophomore status or above (but prior to BA/BS degree), at one of the following institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University (Huxley College of the Environment), The Evergreen State College.

Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018

Dan R. Montgomery Scholarship

Background: The Montgomery family established the Dan R. Montgomery scholarship fund to encourage young women and men to pursue higher education and law enforcement careers.

Amount: $1,000/year with potential to renew for an additional year

Key Criteria: Applicant is planning to pursue a professional law enforcement career.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

John and Opal McGimpsey Scholarship

Background: John and Opal McGimpsey established this scholarship fund in the belief that education is important and that scholarships of significant dollar value would help conscientious students remain more focused on their studies.

Amount: up to $10,000/year with potential to renew for up to an additional 4 years

Key Criteria: Graduating senior from either Olympia High School or North Thurston High School

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

The Learning Seed Scholarship

Background: The Learning Seed Scholarship Fund was established by the Learning Seed Foundation to assist high school seniors in Thurston and Pierce County in obtaining a higher education. This scholarship is designed to benefit primarily students of color who have overcome significant obstacles and demonstrate a commitment to others.

Amount: $500 to $2,000/year with potential to renew for up to an additional 3 years

Key Criteria: Thurston or Pierce County graduating senior

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

L & E Bottling Company Scholarship

Background: The L & E Bottling Company, Inc. Scholarship Fund was established to assist graduating high school seniors in Thurston County in obtaining a higher education.

Amount: $1,000/year with potential to renew for up to an additional 3 years

Key Criteria: Thurston County graduating senior

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

Next Step Scholarship

Background: This scholarship was created by a local businessman to assist those planning to pursue vocational or technical careers.

Amount: $1,000

Key Criteria: Graduating senior from one of the following High Schools: Avanti, Olympia, Rainier, North Thurston, Rochester, or New Market Skills Center. Cumulative GPA between 1.75 and 2.75. Preference will be given to a student who performs well over time or has steadily improved.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

The Richard J. Geiger Memorial Scholarship Fund

Background: The Richard J. Geiger Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Rich Geiger, a Conservation District Engineer serving multiple western Washington areas, working to protect and restore the ecological health of Puget Sound. This scholarship award is to carry forward his commitment to mentoring those interested in pursuing engineering as a career.

Amount: $1,000

Key Criteria: Graduating senior from Mason County planning to pursue a degree in engineering.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

The Amanda Winters Scholarship Fund

Background: The Amanda Winters Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a Capital High School senior who lost her life in a tragic accident in 2013. Its purpose is to assist graduating Capital High School seniors in obtaining a higher education.

Amount: $1,000

Key Criteria: Graduating Capital High School senior, demonstrating significant financial need, and a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.5.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

Ellen Anderson de Moise Scholarship

Background: The Ellen Anderson de Moise Scholarship Fund was created by Luellen Charneski of L&E Bottling Company, to honor her Mother’s memory. 

Amount: up to $4,500

Key Criteria: Applicant must be a Lewis County High School graduating senior and planning to attend a four-year accredited college or university.

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018