Kent Community Foundation

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Foundation News


June 1, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Five Local Organizations Award 34 Kent Students
with Scholarships Totaling $52,050


KENT, Wash., June 1, 2017– Last week five local organizations – the Kent Community Foundation (KCF), Rotary Club of Kent, Kent Area Council PTSA, Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise and Denali Federal Credit Union – awarded 34 Kent students with scholarships for postsecondary education totaling $52,050. Four students won more than one scholarship, and seven students, marked with an asterisk, received repeat scholarships.


The selected students represented five different Kent high schools: Kentwood, Kentridge, Kentlake, Kent-Meridian and the Kent Phoenix Academy. Representatives from all five organizations, students, parents and members of the community attended to congratulate the students on their achievements.


Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Name

 Sierra Hill

 Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation

 Anthony Raftis

 Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation*

 Trey Torr

 Thunderbirds Community Sports Foundation

 Ashly Putas

 Covington Chamber of Commerce

 Ashley Hendrickson

 Richard and Ina Balash

 Haley VonGoedert

 Linda Ruby

 Shelby Greget*

 Linda Ruby

 Jaleen Roberts

 Linda Ruby, Rob Osborne and Kent Area Council PTSA

 Emily Sugimoto

 Linda Ruby and Kent Area Council PTSA

 Natalie Newsome*

 Linda Ruby

 Tiffany Miller

 Linda Ruby

 Samantha Tate

 Linda Ruby

 Deidra Dabelstein*

 Linda Ruby

 Shylaja Rose Reed

 Friends of Kent-Meridian

 Carolyn Phung

 Johnson-Osness-Stoddard Family

 Madison Sippel

 Johnson-Osness-Stoddard Family

 Ammara Touch

 Johnson-Osness-Stoddard Family and Kent Area Council  PTSA

 Ashley Hendrickson

 Kent Chamber of Commerce

 Tiffany Wong

 Bob Armstrong

 Madelyn Cayton

 Denali Federal Credit Union

 Avry Freaney

 Kent Area Council PTSA

 Rachel Canning

 Kent Area Council PTSA

 Conner Ledbetter

 Kent Area Council PTSA

 Elizabeth Seekar

 Kent Area Council PTSA

 Vaea Uinise

 Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise

 Bernadette Sheran

 Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise

 Gurleen Toor

 Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise and Rotary Club of Kent

 Michael Javelli

 Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise

 Hannah Bachmeier

 Rotary Club of Kent

 Karen Garrido

 Rotary Club of Kent

 Erica Payton*

 Rotary Club of Kent

 Nathan Miller*

 Rotary Club of Kent

 Tyler Vincent Rozell*

 Rotary Club of Kent

 Steven Duong*

 Rotary Club of Kent

       

Congratulations to these Kent students on their outstanding achievements!


“For Kent Rotary, founded in 1958, and serving the community for almost 60 years, providing scholarships for Kent area students has been a central and consistent focus of our work. The $10,000 in scholarships Kent Rotary awarded for students to pursue career focused programs at local community and technical colleges is more than money for college. It recognizes the hard work of the students and aims to develop future leaders. It has been humbling and inspiring to present these awards alongside some great Kent organizations to a broad and diverse group of Kent students,” said Josh Gerstman, development director, Green River College Foundation, and Kent Rotary, vocational scholarship committee.


“Kent Area Council PTSA supports the well-being and education of children in the Kent School District through a variety of programs including the Clothing Bank, Cinderella Closet and our scholarship program.  KAC PTSA's scholarship program provides scholarships to those Kent School District students who excel in the following criteria: academic achievement, school and community involvement, demonstrated abilities, motivation and plans for the future as well as demonstrate a financial need.  This year we awarded $7500 in scholarships to 7 different KSD students representing five of the high schools in the district. It is indeed an honor to support some of the best in the Kent School District,” said Tania Skinner for Kent Area Council PTSA.


“This is the third year in a row that we’ve partnered with other community organizations to award scholarships to students in the Kent School District,” said Kent Community Foundation president Dana Neuts. “We are excited to add Denali Federal Credit Union to the event this year and look forward to growing this event in support of secondary education.”


For more information about the Kent Community Foundation, or to learn how to set up a scholarship to fund the future of Kent students, visit the Kent Community Foundation online or contact president Dana Neuts at info@kentcf.com.


For more information about the Rotary Club of Kent, visit KentRotary.com or contact president Amy Hobson at president@kentrotary.com.


For more information about Rotary Club of Kent-Sunrise, contact Marge Williams at margedidit@gmail.com.


For more information about Kent Area Council PTSA, visit KACPTA.org or contact Tania Skinner at tania.skinner83@gmail.com




January 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Kent Community Foundation to Award College Scholarships
to Kent Students in May; Applications Available Now

 

KENT, Wash., January 4, 2017 – The Kent Community Foundation has put out its annual call for scholarship applications, making scholarships available to Kent area students attending college in the fall. The Foundation administers nine different scholarship funds. Most scholarship funds will award at least one scholarship per year, while others will award more than one. In 2016, the Kent Community Foundation awarded 18 scholarships totaling $29,250.

 

The 2017 scholarships available are:

 

     -      Bob Armstrong Scholarship

     -      Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

     -      Covington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

     -      Friends of Kent-Meridian Scholarship

     -      Johnson-Stoddard-Osness Family Scholarship

     -      Linda Ruby Scholarship

     -      Rob Osborne Scholarship

     -      Richard and Ina Balash Scholarship

     -      Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship


The due date for all scholarship applications is March 15, except for the Bob Armstrong Scholarship which has a due date of May 15. All applications are to be submitted electronically. A committee for each scholarship will review all applications and select the winners in April.

 

Winners will be notified by the end of April and recognized at a scholarship award celebration in May, hosted by the Foundation in partnership with other local organizations. Additional information, including qualifications, instructions and applications, are available online at www.kentcf.com/scholarships/applications.html

    

Please contact Kent Community Foundation president and scholarship chair Dana Neuts at 360-920-1737 or scholarships@kentcf.com with questions.





Four Local Organizations Award 33 Kent Students
with Scholarships Totaling More Than $46,000

KENT, Wash., June 10, 2016 –On Monday night, four local organizations – the Kent Community Foundation (KCF), Rotary Club of Kent, Kent Area PTSA Council and Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise – awarded 33 Kent students with 34 scholarships for postsecondary education totaling $46,350. Representatives from all four organizations, student recipients, parents and Kent School District representatives, including KSD superintendent, Dr. Calvin Watts, attended to congratulate the students on their achievements. 

   

Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Name

Mary Brach

KCF: Richard and Ina Balash

Anthony Raftis

KCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship

Veronica Marie Lewis

KCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship

Sabrina Hagg

KCF: Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship

Karissa Vougkhamchanh

KCF: Robert Osborne

Jennifer Porter

KCF: Linda Ruby

Natalie Newsom

KCF: Linda Ruby

Deidra Dabelstein

KCF: Linda Ruby

Shelby Greget

KCF: Linda Ruby

LeeAnn Murry-Smith

KCF: Linda Ruby

Flordanise B. Estrella

KCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian

Jesus del Rosario (Roziie) Cardenas

KCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian

Wiley Bowen

KCF: Friends of Kent-Meridian

William Kim

KCF: Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family

Jasmin Etafo

KCF: Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Family

Yvette Sanchez

KCF: Kent Chamber of Commerce

Alexandra Smith

KCF: Covington Chamber of Commerce

Christine Huynh

KCF: Bob Armstrong

Bonnie Halverson

Kent Area PTSA Council

Andrew Iverson

Kent Area PTSA Council

Marcella Li

Kent Area PTSA Council

Gheremie Rose Icban

Kent Area PTSA Council

Darnecia Anderson

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Steven Duong

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Nathan Miller

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Erica Payton

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Markae Phillips

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Tyler Vincent Rozell

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Sahe Ruiz

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Jacob Zielke

Rotary Club of Kent, Vocational Scholarship

Jacob Zielke

Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise

Sa’Raiyah Tuiloma

Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise

Gabriella Spring

Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise

Maria Acosta-Esparanza

Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise

             

Karen DeBruler, president of the Kent School District Board, attended the awards ceremony Monday night.  “The Kent Community Foundation’s scholarship event brought together multiple student winners from Kent high schools, receiving scholarships from four different organizations.    Instead of holding smaller ceremonies with fewer students, this event allowed students and their families to celebrate their varied accomplishments together with peers from their own schools as well as from the community of Kent high schools,” DeBruler said. 

“Seeing 33 students receive more than $46,000 in scholarships was truly impressive. Holding a larger, more inclusive celebration really showcased the importance of high achievement in multiple arenas. I would love to see this continue as an annual tradition and include any other scholarship-awarding organizations as well,” she added.

Congratulations to all of these Kent students on their exemplary achievements!




Bringing Learning to Life with Robotics

     

January 21, 2016 - ShoWare Center, Kent, Washington - It was great to see our Kent Community Foundation grant to Martin Sortun Elementary School's "Bringing Learning to Life with Robotics" program in action at Kent School District's 2016 Tech Expo!




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