2017 Scholarship Cycle

Thank you to all who submitted scholarship applications. Notifications for awards will be made in June 2017. Thank you!

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

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday April 14, 2017

Rod Hetland N.O.F.A. Memorial Scholarship

The Rod Hetland N.O.F.A. (North Olympia Fire Association) Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 1997 by Pam Hetland in memory of her husband, Rod Hetland. Rod was an avid supporter of education for young people, particularly in the greater Boston Harbor/Gull Harbor communities of Thurston County. This scholarship is to assist individuals desiring to further their education through a post-secondary institution leading directly to a degree, specific skill certification, or technical/trade school program.

Amount: $1,000

Key Criteria: Those who attended Boston Harbor Elementary for any portion of their elementary education are eligible. Applicants must be high school seniors or enrolled in a post-secondary institution and be under age 23.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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: Applicants planning to pursue a professional law enforcement career.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017

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.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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: Open to Olympia and North Thurston High School graduating seniors.

Application Materials

Current McGimpsey Recipients - Renewable Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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 seniors

Application Materials

Current Learning Seed Recipients - Renewable Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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 an additional 3 years

Key Criteria: Thurston County graduating seniors

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

William and Dorothy Judah Scholarship

Background: The Judah’s’ children created this scholarship as a legacy to honor their parents.

Amount: $1,000

Key Criteria: Thurston County graduating seniors, with preference given to those planning a teaching career.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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 GPA between 3.0 and 3.5. Preference will be given to a student planning to pursue a teaching career.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

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.

Application Materials

Application Deadline: 5:00 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

Ellen Anderson deMoise Scholarship

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

Amount: up to $5,000

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

Application Materials