The purpose of our scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to deserving and needy students. Because we live in a school district which serves many low-income students, the need is great. Our scholarships benefit not only deserving students, but their families and the community as well. Our goal this year is to raise at least $20,000 to help our students.
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While COVID-19 has distanced FOCS members, it sure hasn't stopped us! Pictured below is the FOCS scholarship committee hard at work doing interviews for scholarships during COVID-19.
Friends of Chimacum Schools is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 scholarship awards. Thanks to generous donations from community members and businesses in the Chimacum area, this year we were able to award $57,200 in academic and vocational scholarships to 28 different students. Here are their stories:
Tovah Carter: Tovah’s dream is to operate her own business one day, perhaps running a coffee stand as well as owning a stable for boarding horses. She loves riding her horse in competitive barrel races and has done restaurant work, so she is excited about working and riding in Ellensburg, where she will major in business management at Central Washington University. Tovah will receive $200 from the Quilcene Lions Club.
Cody Clark: Cody will receive a renewable $1000 renewable scholarship from Jeannine and Duke Shold. He plans to major in chemistry and minor in law and justice at Central Washington University. His eventual goal is to be a forensic scientist for the FBI. Cody loves baseball, hiking, dogs, photography, and just spending time with friends. His teachers describe him as “insightful, capable, and amiable.”
Lillian Golden: A student of many interests and talents, Lillian has several options for her future, including working with animals and the land and creating art based on her experiences. She was thrilled when her design was chosen for the official Chimacum Crafts Fair poster. Her teachers boast of her “mature leadership” and the way she gets “big, unbelievable things done” as yearbook editor. Lillian will begin her post-secondary studies at Olympic College. She will receive $1000 from the Karen Jensen Memorial Scholarship (Chimacum Back Packs for Kids).
Ariana Gooch is the second recipient of the Karen Jensen Memorial Scholarship for $1000. This award honors students who are positive and committed, and Ariana is dedicated to her dream of teaching high school math. As a student who once struggled with math and understands its importance, Ariana is excited about inspiring younger students. After completing her first two years at Peninsula College, she will transfer to Central Washington University to complete her education courses and student teaching.
Isabella Harvey: An outstanding scholar and sensitive, caring young woman who is devoted to the service of others, Isabella Harvey is the recipient of the $10,000 four-year renewable Ross and Claudine Roesler Memorial Scholarship. She has been accepted into the Honors Program at Western Washington University, where she will major in engineering and minor in music. Isabella has a passion for designing and applying mathematics, and sees herself as constantly learning and pushing others to do well.
Isabella Hasson: Inspired by her Romanian mother and grandmother, Isabella is justly proud of her family heritage. She credits her experience as band drum major with helping her to overcome shyness, and she is eager to begin her study of diagnostic medical sonography at Tacoma Community College this fall. Isabella will receive $1000 from Franson Trucking and $500 from Olympic Equipment Rentals.
Shyla Heaton: Shyla will receive $500 from the Chimacum Staff Payroll Deduction scholarship to help her achieve her dream of working in the medical field, as either a nurse or physician. A deserving, caring student who is always willing to help others, Shyla will begin her studies at Eastern Washington University this fall.
Claire Jorgensen: Claire’s dream is one day to help at-risk children by pairing them with service dogs in a nurturing setting. She is looking forward to designing her own major combining business, sociology, and animal studies at the University of Redlands in California. Claire has worked extensively with children as a volunteer in the elementary school as well as helping at the Center Valley Animal Rescue Center. She will receive $1750 from the Truvedson Estate Scholarship.
Rachel Matthes: Rachel has been accepted into the honors program at Oregon State University, where she will pursue a five year dual degree in forestry and engineering. As student representative to the school board and president of National Honor Society, Rachel has demonstrated positive leadership throughout her high school career. Recognized for her outstanding work in both AP English Language and Literature, Rachel is being awarded the $3000 Susan Phillips AP English Scholarship.
Lucy Miller: Described by her teachers as a “super-hard worker with a big heart,” and a “brilliant artist” who “uses her positive attitude to turn everything around,” Lucy is hoping to use her talent in art to become an art teacher. As the recipient of the $1000 Women in Education scholarship, Lucy will begin her post-secondary studies at Olympic College before transferring to a four-year university. She comments that “I have always loved creating things.”
Haley Morrison: Valedictorian of the class of 2020, Hailey is an ardent animal lover who has always wanted to be a veterinarian. Her teachers describe her as “a highly capable student who will succeed at anything,” and she has been active in a variety of clubs at CHS, as well as volunteering many hours at Center Valley Animal Rescue. The recipient of the $1750 Truvedson Estate Scholarship, Hailey will attend Washington State University.
Rowan Powell: A young man of many interests, Rowan rides bikes, swims competitively, writes music, and loves Shakespeare, but his greatest interest lies in rocket design. “I hope to use rocket science to find sustainable energy solutions,” he said, and to achieve that end Rowan will be attending Pacific University in Oregon. He will be receiving a $1000 renewable Jeannine and Duke Shold Scholarship to aid in his studies.
Gisel Ramirez-Santos: Gisel will be receiving a $2000 renewable Jeannine and Duke Shold scholarship to help fund her studies at Washington State University, where she will major in nursing. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Gisel is especially proud of her immigrant mom and her rich Mexican culture. Her teachers praise her as “a hard worker who is always on task.” Gisel’s goal is to eventually work in a children’s hospital in the Puget Sound area. She hopes to make her family proud.
Shawn Rollness: “I have always loved to design and build things.” Shawn plans on pursuing this passion by majoring in mechanical engineering and architectural design at Washington State University. A master at managing a busy schedule, Shawn has balanced 30 plus hours of work a week with his rigorous school schedule and activities such as student school board representative and member of National Honor Society. He is the recipient of a $2000 renewable Jeannine and Duke Shold scholarship.
Elizabeth Shiflett: Fascinated by chemistry and math, Elizabeth hopes to one day be a role model for young women by succeeding in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects in a male-dominated field. To this end, she will attend the University of Washington and major in chemical engineering. Currently working as an intern at the Port Townsend Paper Company, Elizabeth is excited to have the opportunity to see what chemical engineers do. She is the recipient of the $1000 renewable Norm Christie STEM Scholarship and the $1000 Ramsey/Jones Scholarship.
Kyle Tenney: “All my achievements have been through my work goals,” according to Kyle. Fascinated by construction since he was five years old and his dad let him help with projects at home, Kyle has been working for construction companies for some time now. Kyle has served as a counselor for the CISPUS outdoor education program, volunteered with the East Jefferson Little League, and served as a Senate page, but his greatest joy has been construction work. He will receive a $1000 renewable Jeannine and Duke Shold scholarship, as well as $500 from First Federal Bank. Kyle will major in construction engineering at Montana State University.
Anneliese Toepper: Anneliese is excited about her studies at West Sound Tech, where she has been working hard to earn her certification as a licensed esthetician. She will soon finish her AA degree at Olympic College and then complete her work at West Sound. Annaliese hopes to own her own spa one day. She will receive a $1000 renewable scholarship from Jeannine and Duke Shold to complete her studies.
Brayden Yingling: Brayden will attend Central Washington University, where he plans on majoring in law and justice. He hopes to eventually intern in the FBI Academy with the goal of being a special agent. As a great fan of basketball, Brayden also hopes to coach youth basketball somewhere. He is the recipient of the $500 Tina Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Diamond Young: Since she has confessed to “loving mystery solving since Scooby-Doo,” Diamond Young is excited about attending Spokane Fall Community College for her AA degree and then transferring to Washington State University, where she will major in psychology. Her goal is to become an FBI profiler and solve criminal cases, but she is also considering working as a counselor for young children. A bright, capable student and highly competitive athlete, Diamond will receive a $2000 renewable Jeannine and Duke Shold scholarship and a $1000 scholarship from the Discovery Bay Women’s Golf Club.
Students receiving renewable FOCS scholarships in 2020:
Jonah Diehl: Jonah is currently majoring in engineering at Oregon State University. Noted for his leadership at Chimacum, Jonah has been highly involved in several successful community service projects, including the “We Walk” fundraiser for water resources in Ecuador and the “Food for All” boxes to help local students. He will receive an additional $2000 Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship this year.
Hunter Haralson also received her AA degree though Running Start before beginning her studies at the University of Washington. Hunter plans on majoring in medicine and her goal is to become an anesthesiologist. Described by her teachers as a bright, independent student who loves a good challenge, Hunter will receive an additional $2000 from the Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship this year.
Lacey Robbins: The third winner of a $2000 renewable Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship is Lacey Robbins, who has dreamed of working with animals since she was a little girl. An enthusiastic volunteer at the Center Valley Animal Rescue Center, Lacey is currently studying to be a vet tech at Bellingham Technical College.
Aaron Serrato: Aaron is currently pursuing his dream of becoming an innovator, “someone who changes the world,” at Oregon State University, where he is majoring in mechanical engineering and specializing in robotics. Describing his experience at college so far, Aaron wrote, “I really love Oregon State and the Beavers. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.” He will receive an additional $2000 Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship to continue his studies this year.
Daniel Paterson: An Eagle Scout who has worked hard to develop his leadership skills, Daniel has been described by his Chimacum teachers as an academic leader, one who asks excellent questions. One teacher even speculated that Daniel might be the next Bill Gates! Daniel is currently studying computer science and music composition at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He will receive an additional $1000 from the Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship this year.
Isaac Purser: Recognized by his teachers at Chimacum as an outstanding vocational student, Isaac is currently studying at Whatcom Community College to become a professional electrician. He will be helped in this endeavor by an additional $1000 from the Duke and Jeannine Shold Scholarship. A proud member of the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, Isaac appreciates the support of his tribal family.
Alima Devas is the recipient of the Judy Gunter Memorial Scholarship, renewable for four years. This year she will receive an additional $500 to continue her studies at Eastern Washington University, where she is majoring in psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral analysis. Alima’s goal is to work with children in the foster care system.
Renee Woods was awarded the four year renewable Ross and Claudine Roesler Memorial Scholarship in 2019. This year she receives an additional $9000 to continue her studies at Olympic College before transferring to Western Washington University. Renee’s goal is to help others by working in the medical field. An avid volunteer in many community service projects and active student leader at Chimacum, Renee has stated that she is devoted to service because she has been inspired by the dedication of others.
Carter McCleary: A 2017 CHS graduate, Carter’s personal involvement in the famous McCleary case since his early youth has given him insights into the importance of education for all students in our state. Currently in his fourth year at Williamette University, Carter is majoring in engineering and environmental studies. He has been helped each year by the FOCS 2017 Scholarship, and this final year will receive an additional $2000.