Proposed by North Thurston Educational Foundation
the North Thurston Educational Foundation (NTEF) awarded scholarships totaling $ 181,500 to 46 North Thurston public school graduates.
“We are delighted to award scholarships to 46 of our NTPS graduates. Our selection process was very competitive this year due to the high quality of our student applications. These students, who have spent most of their last two years of high school online, are articulate, strong and resilient. It is an honor to support them in their next stages of life. We thank our generous donors who support the North Thurston Education Foundation scholarship program. Due to their generosity, the NTEF offered several newly named scholarships this year. We appreciate the kindness of this community and its support for our students and our schools, ”said Beth Utto-Galarneau, president of the scholarship.
The scholarships awarded range from $ 2,000 to $ 14,000. The NTEF scholarship committee assessed the applications based on several factors, including academic success, school and community activities, referrals, quality of essay required, and financial need.
The following graduates received this year’s awards:
Named scholarships: The scholarship program includes designated endowment scholarships and Foundation funded scholarships.
In 2021, 20 named scholarships were awarded to the following students:
Alex Ward Memorial Scholarship – Joseph Oliver – North Thurston
Bakala State Farm Scholarship – Paige Madrid – River Ridge
Bill Williams Memorial Scholarship – Makayla Hamlin – The crest of the river
Charles E. Callahan Scholarship – Austin Caswell – North Thurston
Colton Thorstrom Smith Scholarship – Cindy Villa Cervantes – River Ridge
Lisa Corwin Memorial Scholarship – Samir Amin – North Thurston
Davies Professional and Technical Scholarship – Garrett Whitely – River Ridge
Frank Parker Memorial Scholarship – Julie Vu – Timberline
Scholarship for Friends and Family – Danielle Hunter – Timberline
James Koval Memorial Scholarship – Austin Benjamin – River Ridge
Jeannette Hostetter Ford Memorial Scholarship – Ja’Lynn Howard – River Ridge
John Gott Scholarship – Aaron Kelly – Timberline
Roy Pedersen Memorial Scholarship – Taja Brooks – Timberline
Dr G. Sue Shannon scholarship – Keikilani Naipo – Timberline
Nicholas T. Walker Scholarship – Baylen Ratliff – River Ridge
United Youth Movement scholarship – David Guillen – Timberline
Lewis R. Hawthorne and Edna C. Hawthorne Scholarships –
Mateo Abadesco – Timberline
Corbin Reeves – Timberline
Ethan Warner – North Thurston
Haven Barnes – North Thurston
Foundation grants: Foundation scholarships of $ 2,000 are awarded annually. In 2021, 26 Foundation scholarships were awarded to the following students:
North Thurston High School: Rhea Lynne Herradura, Joel Hugdahl, Kaiana Delos Santos, Zachary Mayer, Shane Avery, Sage Barnes, Nicole Krambs and Dylan Sutton
River Ridge High School: Annabelle Kirkwood, Chloe Buchanan, Chandler Ketelsen, Jeremy Stalcup, Keyona Tartt and Makayli Taylor
Timberline High School: Myia Avent, Natalie Nguyen, Sarah Horlacher, Seiji Naotsuka, Natalie Scott, Kailynn Faltenberger, Noelani Allison, Eli Bell, Benjamin Rim, Chloey Olson, Elise MacDonald and Kodi Smith-Cruz
Sixteen of the scholarships are named after individuals in the community and are funded by bequests or donations on behalf of the people to whom they are appointed. The remaining scholarships were funded solely by the Foundation’s annual fundraiser and an unrestricted grant from the Dawkins Charitable Trust. To view a list of scholarship establishment history and details, visit: https://ntef.org/special-named-endowed-scholarships/.
About the North Thurston Educational Foundation
Established in 1989, the North Thurston Education Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt, non-profit organization that raises funds to remove financial barriers to the success of North Thurston students from low-income families. In addition to the scholarship program, the Foundation provides each district school with student aid funds that can be used for student needs that cannot be met with public funds; provides financial assistance to over a thousand homeless students in the district; and provides grants to teachers for special classroom projects. More information about the Foundation is available on the website North Thurston Educational Foundation website.