Kent Community Foundation

Supporting education and the cultural arts in the greater Kent area.

Donate to Kent Community Foundation Scholarships


Thank you for considering a donation to a Kent Community Foundation Scholarship fund. The convenient list of scholarships below provides the opportunity for the donor to pick and choose the scholarship they would like to support. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose. Read through the profiles and select the one that best meets the aim you would like to support.

 
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The Wes Soderberg Art Scholarship fund is our most urgent need.  Over $31,000 and 21 scholarships have been awarded since 1990 and the fund is running very low on funds.  We’re concerned that the 2013 Wes Soderberg Art Scholarship award could be the last unless we replenish the fund.  If Art is your niche, this would be a terrific place to make a donation. Don’t let this valuable community scholarship fade away.

 
The Wes Soderberg Art Scholarship

The Wes Soderberg Art Scholarship was created in 1990 in memory of Mr. Soderberg who passed away in 1988 and was described by his associates as “a great art teacher, very caring and very loved by students”.
    
One $1,500 scholarship is awarded each year to Kent School District High School Graduate planning to pursue a Career in Visual Arts. A Portfolio of 8 to 10 original pieces which show a diverse sampling of work by the student are part of the evaluation criteria.
    
Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Wes Soderberg Art Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

Help support the Bob Armstrong Tennis Scholarship
    
“Tennis Players in general receive very little attention…they truly deserve the recognition and support that this scholarship can afford them…maybe one small step to help them go to the college of their choice”
Bob Armstrong 

One or more scholarships awarded each year (one boy & one girl) to Kentridge High School senior(s) planning to attending an accredited post secondary institution.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Bob Armstrong Tennis Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Covington Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Scholarship
    
The Covington Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Scholarship was created in 1996.  They wanted to have a business related scholarship for which students in the middle grade point average could compete.
   
One $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a Kentwood or Kentlake High School graduate or students in private accredited schools in Kentwood & Kentlake service area or home school students residing in area.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Covington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The East Hill Community Organization (EHCO) created the EHCO Scholarship in 1987.  The group of East Hill of Kent business owners and operators created the scholarship fund for the purpose of funding one or more scholarships each year for graduating seniors from the Kent School District.  In 2015, the Kent Chamber of Commerce Education Committee assumed responsibility for the scholarship and renamed it the Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.
    
One $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior from Kent School District high school planning to attend a two-year college or vocational-technical institute in the State of Washington.
    
Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the The Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

Friends of Kent-Meridian High School Scholarship
   
The Friends of Kent Meridian High School Scholarship was created in 2010 by a group of Kent-Meridian High School Alumni and supporters, to allow students from Kent-Meridian HS the opportunity to attend college, who might not otherwise be able to financially afford it.
   
One or more scholarships are awarded each year to a Kent-Meridian High School graduating senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university.
   
Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Friends of Kent-Meridian High School Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

Linda Ruby Scholarship
   
This scholarship is her gift to future teachers & children
   
The Linda Ruby Scholarship was awarded on the first anniversary of her death, in 2003.  Linda was a gifted teacher and counselor who wanted to be certain that high school students who shared her dream of becoming a teacher are able to achieve that dream.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Linda Ruby Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family Scholarship

The Johnson/Stoddard/Osness families settled around Kent in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. James Osness established this scholarship for the purpose of honoring the names of his parents and grandparents. Jim and his brother, Ralph, were the first in their family to go to college and they desired to “pay it forward” with this scholarship for students desiring a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics [STEM] post secondary education.
    
The scholarship will be operated exclusively for the purpose of funding a scholarship to a graduating Kent School District high school senior planning on attending an accredited post secondary institution [either two or four year] and who plans a STEM career. Priority will be given to applicants being the first in their family to attend college.
    
Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Richard & Ina Balash (RIB) Scholarship

The Richard & Ina Balash (RIB) Scholarship was created in 2003 by Richard and Ina Balash. It was their belief that most scholarships were available to high grade point students as well as some low grade point students based on low income or particular family situations. The RIB scholarship was aimed therefore to include students in the middle grade point range.

A scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior living within boundaries of or attending Kentwood and Kentlake HS (including Private and Home Schools) who plans to pursue a Business or Engineering(Technology) career. The selected college or trade school must be in Washington state

Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the richard & Ina Balash (RIB) Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Rob Osborne Scholarship
    
The Rob Osborne Scholarship was created in 1970 in memory of Rob, an athlete at Kent-Meridian High School.  
   
A $500 scholarship is provided to a graduating senior of Kent-Meridian High School who will attend an accredited public or private two or four-year college within the state of Washington during the ensuing school year.  Athletic performance, letters won, leadership, citizenship and academic achievements used in selection criteria.
   
Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Rob Osborne Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.

The Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship
   
This scholarship was created by the Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation to allow students an opportunity to pursue sports related fields of study in college or university. For example: Athletic training, Physical therapy, Sports Management, Sports Marketing or Parks & Rec Admin programs. The Scholarship can be applied to either a 2 or 4-year program at any accredited University, Community College, Vocational or Technical School.

At least one $1,500 scholarship awarded each year to a graduating student from a high school in the South Puget Sound region to a senior who plans to pursue sports related fields of study in college or university

Ninety-five percent (95%) of all donations to the Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship are applied to the scholarship fund.