KELSO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS "2020"

Julia Hiatt Memorial Scholarship   $7,500

 Established by her Parents Len and Laura Hiatt, administrators and alumni of KSD. There was such an

outpouring of donations and support while Julia was fighting her health battle. Julia was well known at KHS for being that student “who made Kelso High School a better place”. It was important for the Hiatt family to honor a student who lives with the same positive caring attitude as Julia.

2020 Recipient: Eugene Ivankin

Lois Moore Scholarship

(2) @ $6,500

Established in 1994 by Maxwell (Max) and Lois Moore. Max was a local business owner and Lois served on the Kelso school board for a number of years. This Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in education. 

2020 Recipients:

Anna Waddell & Josh Webb

Kate Long Scholarship $4,000 and $1750 for 3 additional years

Established by the estate of Kate Long, beloved teacher who taught social studies and contemporary world problems for over 30 years at KHS. The scholarship is intended for students interested in international relations, politics, history or liberal art.

This is a enewable scholarship for 3 years. 

2020 Recipient: Rose Graff

Kaiser Permanente Scholarship Hilander Hall of Fame - Class of ’45   (2) @ $2,500 1 female/1 male

Established by Kaiser Permanente in honor of Dan Wagster’s retirement.  Dan was a graduate of the Class of ’45 and was Sr. Vice President of Kaiser Permanente Health/Hospitals. This scholarship is for a graduate with high academic achievement who excels in athletics and/or the arts; extracurricular activities in the school/community and demonstrates good leadership and citizenship.

2020 Recipients:

Capri Franzen & Drew Tack

Huntington Scholarship (2) $1,000

Established by the staff of HMS in honor of Elaine Cockrell’s retirement. The Cockrell family has maintained this scholarship in her honor for a student who attended Huntington Middle School for three years, with a preference given to a Huntington Promise recipient.

2020 Recipients:

Braulio Gonzales & Ian Merlo

Living Educator/Kathy Williamson   $1450

Established by the KPSF in honor of a living Kelso School District educator. the scholarship is intended for a graduate who plans to pursue a degree in teaching.

2020 Recipient: Tabitha Beach

Emmett & Opal Schroeder Scholarship   $1,200

Established by the family and friends in memory of “Mutt” Schroeder, teacher, coach, administrator and friend of the Kelso community. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is an athlete with high academic achievement, excellent citizenship, exhibits hard work and a seriousness of purpose,

2020 Recipient: Allie Gaston

Schleif Family Scholarship  

(6) @$1,100

Six scholarships established by Gil Schleif, former KSD Assistant Superintendent--three in the name of Patricia Eddy (daughter of Gil/Ruth Schleif) and three in the name of his wife Ruth.

2020 Recipients:

Braulio Gonzales, Korshina Tover, Miah Montgomery, Ashlee Bakunowicz, Pedro Roman-Gomez and Sunny Arguette

Baker Family Scholarship

(2) $1,100

Established by the Jim Baker family to recognize graduating seniors with a 3.0 GPA or better, who plan on attending LCC on a two-year program or to begin there and continue at a four-year institution

2020 Recipients:

Jane Gott & Michael McDonald

Ruth & Marion Clark Scholarship  $2000

Established by the Marion and Ruth Clark family to recognize a graduate interested in entering a medically-related field or music studies. 

2020 Recipient: Matthew Arrera

Class of ’52 Scholarship   $1000

Established by the Class of ’52 to recognize the working student. Preference given to a student who has worked outside the home.

2020 Recipient: Matisyn Ohlson

Class of ‘45, Don and Vivian Ames Scholarship  $1000

The Ames family continues this scholarship seeking Don’s passion in vocational/technical education.  The scholarship is intended for a graduate attending community college, vocational or tech school and plans to enter one of the trades, i.e., mechanics, truck driving, refrigeration, instrumentation, welding or firefighting

2020 Recipient: Colby Pederson

Class of ‘45, Colleene Cottenoir Armstrong Scholarship  $1,000

Colleen’s passion for music and performing arts continue under her guidance in the presentation of this scholarship. Preference given to graduates interested in studying music or the performing arts.

2020 Recipient:

McKinley Chamberlain

Class of ‘45, Vronia Bailey Scholarship  $1,000

Established as a memorial by the class of ’45 in honor of her high school involvement. The scholarship is intended for a vocational or technical student (culinary arts, nursing, clerical, computers, and early childhood education). 

2020 Recipient: Nyssa Engebo

Class of ‘45, Willard Chinn Scholarship  $1,000

Established by the Class of ’45 and named for Willard honoring his involvement during their high school years. The scholarship is intended for a graduate with a career interest in the area of physical science or medicine. 

2020 Recipient: Nyssa Engebo

Class of ‘45,  Tommy Jabusch Scholarship  $1,000

Established by the Class of ’45, this memorial scholarship honors Tommy’s years of dedication as a teacher with physical impairments. The scholarship is intended for a graduate seeking degree in education who distinguishes him/herself despite a physical impairment or handicap.

2020 Recipient: Katie Bartlett

Class of ‘45,  Al Laakso Scholarship  $1,000

Memorial established for Al’s athletic and leadership abilities. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who participate in sports and was a leader in school.

2020 Recipient: Cooper Joy

Lori Annette Hamm Memorial Scholarship   $1000

Established by the family in memory of their daughter, Lori, a 1988 graduate who died in the summer of 2006. Lori was injured in an auto accident, spring ’88, and through hard work and effort overcame those injuries to graduate from Kelso High in December 1988 and went on to graduate from LCC. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who has overcome hardship to graduate.

2020 Recipient: Sierra White

McCool Living Trust Scholarship   $1,000

Rich McCool, graduate of the Class of ‘57, established this scholarship to honor his years in the construction business. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is interest in the area of architecture or engineering. 

2020 Recipient: Rees Hall

Vandecar Memorial Scholarship   $1000

The Vandecar children have established this scholarship to honor their parents who were both Kelso alumni.

2020 Recipient:  Daniela Valencia

Betty Schloss Scholarship   $1000

Established by family and friends at Butler Acres Elementary in memory of her years of teaching in Kelso School District. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is in pursuit of degree in elementary education. 

2020 Recipient: Tabitha Beach

Lucille E. Calhoun Scholarship  $900

Established by the estate of Lucy Calhoun, a beloved Kelso High teacher for over 35 years. The scholarships is intended for a graduate who is interested in entering a field of study in child development, nutrition, culinary arts or education.

2020 Recipient: Rose Graff

Randy & Linda Zmrhal Scholarship $800

Established in 2014 by Randy and Linda Zmrhal to honor a student graduating from Kelso High School. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is interested in studying computer information systems/computer science in a college of business or engineering.

2020 Recipient: Eric Johnson

Class of ‘58, Mike Lyons Scholarship   $1000

Established by the Class of ’58 in memory of classmate Mike Lyons who died of injuries sustained in football during his senior year at Kelso High. The scholarships is intended for a graduate who has high personal standards and a Christian attitude toward others.

2020 Recipient: Cayla Gutenberger

Vern King Scholarship    $600

Established by family and friends to honor Vern’s contribution as teacher/administrator to the education of students in Kelso, especially Barnes Elementary.

2020 Recipient:

McKinley Chamberlain

Chuck & Judy Bailey Scholarship   $500

Established by Judy Bailey, representing her family of Hilanders.  Judy was in the KHS Class of '47 and Chuck was in the Class of '42.  Judy has been a KPSF board member since May of 2004.  This Scholarship supports a graduating senior seeking a career that would meet the needs of others.  Special consideration is given to a working student.

2020 Recipient: Daniela Valencia

Virgil Hopkins Scholarship   $500

This endowed scholarship was established by the estate of Virgil Hopkins, a former Kelso High School English, foreign language and choral music instructor. The scholarships is intended for a graduate who is interested in entering the field of English, foreign language or vocal music. 

2020 Recipient:

Pedro Roman-Gomez

Ernestine Mathis Scholarship   $500

Established in memoriam by the niece and family of Ernestine Mathis. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is interested in the field of Art or Computer Technology.

2020 Recipient: Miah Montgomery

Gordon and Pauline Murphy Scholarship   $500

Established by the family of Gordon and Pauline Murphy, Kelso community activists and school patrons.

2020 Recipient: Aurora Sandoz

Larry & Darlene Wilgus Scholarship   $500

Larry graduated in '59 from KHS.  He is a retired educator and administrator after 30 years of service in the Kelso School District. He and his wife Darlene still live in the area and support Kelso Public Schools.

2020 Recipients: Matisyn Ohlson

 Roy Parsons     $500

This scholarship was established in memoriam by Roy's family. Roy's greatest love was the students of Kelso School District. He demonstrated this by serving on its board for 37 years. The family has chosen to honor a student that was not receiving another scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2019.

2020 Recipient: Haley Parsons

Max Moore Scholarship

(2) at $6,500

Established in 1994 by Maxwell (Max) and Lois Moore. Max was a local business owner and Lois served on the Kelso school board for a number of years. This Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in either a vocational or professional career.

2020 Recipients:

Tabitha Beach & Daniela Valencia

Sharon Bergman Scholarship

(2) @ $2,500

One Male/One Female

Established by Sharon Roberts Bergman, a ‘61 graduate of KHS. This scholarship is intended for a Male and a Female in good academic standing, involved in school activities and community service.

2020 Recipients:

Tanner Davis & Nyssa Engebo

Chuck Stover (Class of ’37) Scholarship  (4) @ $2,000

Established by the estate of Chuck Stover, an advocate of  KPSF and Kelso High Scholarships.

2020 Recipients:

Cooper Joy, Emily Coordes,

Nyssa Engebo & Jane Gott

Kevin Hanks Memorial Cross Country Scholarship     $2000

Established by family and friends in memory of Kevin, a 1997 KHS graduate who had high standards and was a Cross Country competitor. He was known for his strength of character and care for others. This scholarship is to recognize, reward, and encourage others with similar qualities.

2020 Recipient: Nyssa Engebo

Jabusch Family Memorial Scholarship   (2) $1500

Established in memory of Susan Jabusch Grotjohn, Roy Jabusch, Alice Jabusch, Mike Jabusch, Lory Jabusch Hendricks and all future Jabusch descendent memorials. This scholarship is intended for a graduate who lives in the Rose Valley community or regularly attends RV Friends Church, Sunday school or Youth Group and plans to attend a four-year college, community college, trade or business school.

2020 Recipients:

Drew Tack & Rose Graff

Kiwanis/Dr. Herron Memorial Scholarship   $1,200

Established by Kelso Kiwanis in memory of Dr. Thomas Herron, who practiced osteopathic medicine in Kelso.

2020 Recipient: Braulio Gonzales

Class of ’48,  Roy Dennis Scholarship  $1,100

Memory of Roy Dennis, beloved principal of the Class of ’48. The scholarship is intended for a graduate with a desire to pursue an education—either academic or vocational.

2020 Recipient: Emily Coordes

Walt and Marty Piper Scholarship   $1,100

Established by the Piper family honoring their contributions to the culture and education of Kelso students. Walt taught math and coached at Kelso High for many years. Marty was a great supporter of the education and activities of Kelso students.

2020 Recipient: Marshall Coleman

Rick Roberts Scholarship    $1000

Established by the family of Rick Roberts honoring his years of announcing KLOG radio play-by-play for many Kelso sports. Rick coined the phrase, “Scottie Dogs!  You Gotta Love Em!" The scholarship is intended for a graduate who has participated in athletics.

2020 Recipient: Cooper Joy

Veryl and Larry Anderson Scholarship  (2) $1000

Established by alumni and community advocates Veryl and Larry Anderson. The scholarship is intended for a graduate in pursuit of a degree in Music or Music Education

2020 Recipients:

Eric Johnson & Rose Graff

Rose Valley PTO Scholarships 

(2)  $1000

Established by the Rose Valley PTO honoring a Rose Valley students. The scholarships are intended for a graduate who attended Rose Valley Elementary. 

2020 Recipients:

Drew Tack & Rose Graff

Rose Valley PTO Scholarships (2) $500

Established by the Rose Valley PTO honoring a Rose Valley students. The scholarships are intended for a graduate who attended Rose Valley Elementary. 

2020 Recipients:

Avenir Ismagilov & Gage Tippery

Justin DeRosier Criminal Justice Scholarship  $1000

 Katie and her daughter Lillie, with the help of most of Cowlitz County, have established this Scholarship to honor Justin DeRosier, who lost his life protecting our community in 2019.

2020 Recipient: Michael McDonald

Class of ‘45, Alan St Onge Scholarship   $1,000

This memorial was established by the class in honor of Alan’s football triumphs and is intended for a graduate with athletic ability and an interest in the arts.

2020 Recipient: Josh Webb

Robert Dykstra (Class of ’54) Scholarship     $1,000

Established by Robert in an effort to support students of Kelso High and their interest in furthering their education.

2020 Recipient: Marshall Coleman 

Ron and Dot Joslin Vocational Scholarship   $1,000

Established by Ron and Dot Joslin, retired Kelso School District instructors. Ron specialized in music and fine arts and Dot specialized in math and science. The scholarship is intended for vocational training at a community college, trade school or vocational program.

2020 Recipient: Courtney Heinlen

Ron and Dot Joslin Math/Science Scholarship   $1,000

Established by Ron and Dot Joslin, retired Kelso School District instructors. Ron specialized in music and fine arts and Dot specialized in math and science. The scholarship is intended for a graduate interested in mathematics or science.

2020 Recipient: Emily Coordes

Ron and Dot Joslin Fine/Performing Arts Scholarship   $1,000

Established by Ron and Dot Joslin, retired Kelso School District instructors. Ron specialized in music and fine arts and Dot specialized in math and science. The scholarship is intended for a graduate interested in Fine and/or Performing Arts.

2018 Recipient: Rose Graff

Frieda Walworth/Wallace Scholarship    $1000

Established by the Wallace staff and continued by the Walworth family in memory of Frieda Walworth, a Wallace school volunteer. The scholarships is intended for a graduate who attended Wallace Elementary.

2020 Recipient: Aurora Sandoz

McCool Living Trust Scholarship   $1,000

Rich McCool, graduate of the Class of ‘57, established this scholarship to honor his years in the construction business. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is interest in the area of nursing. 

2020 Recipient: Korshina Tover

Charles & Anita Klawitter Memorial Scholarship  $1000

This scholarship is presented in memory of Chuck & Anita Klawitter. Chuck was a 1929 Graduate of KHS. He and his wife had a strong belief in education and raised four children that went on to college.

2020 Recipient: Melody Stephenson

Huntington Promise     $1000

Established by the staff of Huntington Junior High (now Huntington Middle School) to recognize 8th grade students in jeopardy of not receiving a high school diploma. It was the "staff's promise" to award them a scholarship upon receiving their diploma.

2020 Recipient: Hunter Rios

Marlene Worley Laufman Scholarship  $900

Established by Paul Laufman, in her memory, Marlene was a 1956 alumni and a top student and Scotty Majorette. This award is for a student interested in  teaching or STEM.

2020 Recipient: Ashlee Bauknowicz

Cliff Furness Award (2)  $875

Founded by the estate of Cliff Furness who was a long time Kelso pharmacist and a loyal Kelso High supporter. This award honors students who have overcome personal setbacks that have threatened their graduation status as recognized by staff and counselors.

2020 Recipients:

Sunny Arguette & Tamensa Ruben

Rosemary Kingsley Scholarship   $700

Established as a memorial by the Kingsley family.  Rose worked many years as a para educator at Beacon Hill Elementary. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who attended Beacon Hill Elementary School at least two years and is interested in attending community college, university or vocational/ technical training program.

2020 Recipient: Courtney Parsons

Maurice and Betty Cummings Scholarship   $600

Established by family and friends—Maurice was a Class of ‘34 graduate and Betty was a long-time employee of the KSD as an instructional assistant.  The scholarship is intended for a graduate who participated on a varsity basketball team.

2020 Recipients: Drew Tack

Class of '64 Scholarship   $600

Established by the Class of '64 with left over money from their 55 year class reunion.  The award is to be presented to a graduate entering a trades program.

2020 Recipients: Colby Pedersen

Terri Clary Scholarship  $500

Established by Jim Clary in honor of his wife Terri, a former alumni, in lieu of a Christmas gift. The scholarship is intended for a female graduate who is in good academic standing, involved in school activities and community service.

2019 Recipient: Tabitha Beach

Jack Elms Scholarship   $500

Teacher, coach, principal and district financial officer for many years. Served as treasurer and financial wizard for the Foundation in its beginning years—instrumental in moving the board to the high level of functionality it is today. The scholarships is intended for a graduate who is a former Huntington Middle School student. 

2020 Recipient: Jasmine Neely

Mike and Linda Saville Scholarship   $500

Established in 1983 by Mike Saville in memory of his wife Linda. The name was changed by family in 2013 in memory of their parents to the Mike and Linda Saville Scholarship. The scholarship is intended for a graduate who is interested in entering a health-related field. 

2020 Recipient: Aurora Sandoz

Class of '57 Scholarship   $500

Established by the Class of '57 as a designated gift to support a $500 Scholarship to be presented to a graduate entering into a trade program.

2020 Recipients: Marshall Coleman

Breakthrough Scholarship  $500

Established by a 2011 Kelso High graduate and recipient of a Kelso Foundation scholarship, who felt strongly about “paying it forward.” The scholarship is intended for a student entering a field of study in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) areas who is well rounded (athlete or leader in school club or work part time).

2020 Recipient: Jacob Olson

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