Community Foundation Scholarships

**3/16/2020--UPDATE** We have made some adjustments to our scholarship application process to allow students to apply for scholarships during this time of school closures.

(1) The application deadline has been extended - please see below each award for the new date(s).

(2) Letters of Recommendation - we will now accept letters via email. Sender: email to the attention of Valerie Piper, at finance@thecommunityfoundation.com, making sure to reference the student's name and award they are applying for.

Applicant: you must still upload a document with your application, indicating the letter will be sent via email on your behalf and noting who the letter sender will be.

Please contact Valerie Piper with any questions or concerns: vpiper@thecommunityfoundation.com

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Scholarship Cycle

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the Eligibility & Criteria requirements of the scholarship award, and the Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Upcoming Due Dates:

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional 4 years of undergradute education, re-application each year is required.

Amount:

up to $10,000/year

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from either Olympia High School or North Thurston High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 3, 2020

Amanda Winters Scholarship

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:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from Capital High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Andrew William Oakes Scholarship

Background:

The Andrew William Oakes Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Andy Oakes, who passed away in July 2018. Andy believed in education and after serving in the Army for 21 years, he moved to Washington to build a career as a fishing guide. A value important to Andy was sharing the blessings one has been given. Andy's dream is that those who receive this scholarship be moved throughout their lives to share their learning and gifts with others.

Amount:

Up to $3,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from Rochester High School or Tenino High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship

Background:

The Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Cody Brown, who was a Griffin Elementary School fifth grader when a tragic accident took his life.

Amount:

up to $3,500

Key Criteria:

Former Griffin School student who attended for a minimum of two years, and currently be a graduating senior from a public or accredited private high school in Thurston or Mason County

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to one additional year, re-application is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior residing in Thurston County and planning to pursue a professional law enforcement career

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Ecosystems Scholarship

Background:

The Ecosystems Scholarship fund was established to assist college students who have declared their major field of study in natural resources or land use planning.

More information about this scholarship is available here.

Amount:

Up to $5,000

Key Criteria:

Must be currently enrolled, as Sophomore status or above, at one of the following institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, The Evergreen State College; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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 $4,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a Lewis County High School and planning to pursue a four-year degree from an accredited college or university

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

L & E Bottling Company Scholarship

Background:

The L & E Bottling Company, Inc. Scholarship Fund was established to assist graduating seniors in Thurston County in obtaining a higher education. This scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional three years of undergraduate education. Re-application each year is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Thurston County, demonstration of significant financial need

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional 3 years, re-application each year is required.

Amount:

$500 to $2,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Thurston County or Pierce County, demonstration of significant financial need

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Learning Seed Scholarship RENEWALS

Background:
Amount:

Key Criteria:

This scholarship is for current Learning Seed Scholarship recipients only!

How To apply:

Please make sure to read the eligibility and guidelines, outlining the requirements for re-application to renew scholarship award.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Next Step Scholarship

Background:

The Next Step Scholarship fund was established to assist students planning to pursue a trade, vocation, or a career in a specific profession*. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for an additional year, re-application is required.

*Examples of career/vocations include (but are not limited to): dental hygenist, construction, truck driver, beautician/barber, nursing, legal secretary, culinary arts, IT. The following career paths are excluded from consideration: physician, architect, veternarian, attorney, and CPA.

Amount:

up to $1,500

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a public High School in Thurston, Mason, or Lewis Counties, or Raymond (Pacific County); cumulative GPA between 1.75 and 2.75

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Richard J. Geiger Memorial Scholarship

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 the Puget Sound. This scholarship award is to carry forward his commitment to mentoring those interested in pursuing engineering as a career.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Mason County, planning to pursue a degree in engineering

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Thurston Climate Action Scholarship

Background:

Established by Jim Lazar to assist high school students in Thurston County that are planning to pursue an undergraduate education in a field related to climate action

Amount:

up to $4,000

Key Criteria:

Junior or Senior from a public high school in Thurston County planning to attend a post-secondary institution full-time in the academic year following award application year - pursuing studies related to climate action.

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to read the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Tiernan-Keigher Scholarship

Background:

The Tiernan-Keigher Scholarship program is sponsored by the Griffin School Foundation to recognize the achievements of a Griffin School District student for any type of post-high school education or training.

Amount:

Up to $2,500

Key Criteria:

Applicant must live in the Griffin School District boundaries OR attend Griffin School and be the equivalent of an 8th grade student in a public, home-schooled, or accredited private school; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Donald & Patricia Ernst Olympia Kiwanis Endowed Scholarship

Background:

Established by Don & Patricia Ernst to help Olympia High School seniors in obtaining higher education. This scholarship has the potential to be renewed for an additional year, re-application is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating Olympia High School senior, GPA of 3.0 or above; preference may be given to students participating in Key Club.

How To apply:

Applications are processed by the Olympia High School Career Center; please check with Kate O'Donnell or Jen Boelts for details, questions, etc.

Due Date:

April 14, 2020

All Scholarships:

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional 4 years of undergradute education, re-application each year is required.

Amount:

up to $10,000/year

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from either Olympia High School or North Thurston High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 3, 2020

Amanda Winters Scholarship

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:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from Capital High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Andrew William Oakes Scholarship

Background:

The Andrew William Oakes Scholarship fund was established to honor the memory of Andy Oakes, who passed away in July 2018. Andy believed in education and after serving in the Army for 21 years, he moved to Washington to build a career as a fishing guide. A value important to Andy was sharing the blessings one has been given. Andy's dream is that those who receive this scholarship be moved throughout their lives to share their learning and gifts with others.

Amount:

Up to $3,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from Rochester High School or Tenino High School

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship

Background:

The Cody Brown Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Cody Brown, who was a Griffin Elementary School fifth grader when a tragic accident took his life.

Amount:

up to $3,500

Key Criteria:

Former Griffin School student who attended for a minimum of two years, and currently be a graduating senior from a public or accredited private high school in Thurston or Mason County

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to one additional year, re-application is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior residing in Thurston County and planning to pursue a professional law enforcement career

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Ecosystems Scholarship

Background:

The Ecosystems Scholarship fund was established to assist college students who have declared their major field of study in natural resources or land use planning.

More information about this scholarship is available here.

Amount:

Up to $5,000

Key Criteria:

Must be currently enrolled, as Sophomore status or above, at one of the following institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, The Evergreen State College; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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 $4,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a Lewis County High School and planning to pursue a four-year degree from an accredited college or university

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

L & E Bottling Company Scholarship

Background:

The L & E Bottling Company, Inc. Scholarship Fund was established to assist graduating seniors in Thurston County in obtaining a higher education. This scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional three years of undergraduate education. Re-application each year is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Thurston County, demonstration of significant financial need

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

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. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for up to an additional 3 years, re-application each year is required.

Amount:

$500 to $2,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Thurston County or Pierce County, demonstration of significant financial need

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Learning Seed Scholarship RENEWALS

Background:
Amount:

Key Criteria:

This scholarship is for current Learning Seed Scholarship recipients only!

How To apply:

Please make sure to read the eligibility and guidelines, outlining the requirements for re-application to renew scholarship award.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Next Step Scholarship

Background:

The Next Step Scholarship fund was established to assist students planning to pursue a trade, vocation, or a career in a specific profession*. The scholarship has the potential to be renewed for an additional year, re-application is required.

*Examples of career/vocations include (but are not limited to): dental hygenist, construction, truck driver, beautician/barber, nursing, legal secretary, culinary arts, IT. The following career paths are excluded from consideration: physician, architect, veternarian, attorney, and CPA.

Amount:

up to $1,500

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a public High School in Thurston, Mason, or Lewis Counties, or Raymond (Pacific County); cumulative GPA between 1.75 and 2.75

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Richard J. Geiger Memorial Scholarship

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 the Puget Sound. This scholarship award is to carry forward his commitment to mentoring those interested in pursuing engineering as a career.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating senior from a high school in Mason County, planning to pursue a degree in engineering

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Thurston Climate Action Scholarship

Background:

Established by Jim Lazar to assist high school students in Thurston County that are planning to pursue an undergraduate education in a field related to climate action

Amount:

up to $4,000

Key Criteria:

Junior or Senior from a public high school in Thurston County planning to attend a post-secondary institution full-time in the academic year following award application year - pursuing studies related to climate action.

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to read the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Tiernan-Keigher Scholarship

Background:

The Tiernan-Keigher Scholarship program is sponsored by the Griffin School Foundation to recognize the achievements of a Griffin School District student for any type of post-high school education or training.

Amount:

Up to $2,500

Key Criteria:

Applicant must live in the Griffin School District boundaries OR attend Griffin School and be the equivalent of an 8th grade student in a public, home-schooled, or accredited private school; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8

How To apply:

BEFORE submitting an application, make sure to review the full Eligibility & Criteria requirements and the Instructions/Guidelines for the information you will be required to submit with your application.

Due Date:

April 10, 2020

Donald & Patricia Ernst Olympia Kiwanis Endowed Scholarship

Background:

Established by Don & Patricia Ernst to help Olympia High School seniors in obtaining higher education. This scholarship has the potential to be renewed for an additional year, re-application is required.

Amount:

Up to $1,000

Key Criteria:

Graduating Olympia High School senior, GPA of 3.0 or above; preference may be given to students participating in Key Club.

How To apply:

Applications are processed by the Olympia High School Career Center; please check with Kate O'Donnell or Jen Boelts for details, questions, etc.

Due Date:

April 14, 2020