Montesano School District

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instruction, every student, regardless of race, class,
language, or disability, can succeed. 

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The Kelsey Foundation

  • Please note this is for High School Students only and only for Students who will graduate from a High School in Grays Harbor County.

 Available in the Counseling Center. Applications are due to the Kelsey Foundation by 5pm on March 29, 2019

“Play On” Montesano High School Music Scholarship

The “Play On” Montesano High School Music Scholarship Criteria: Applicants must have participated in band each year they were eligible while at MHS. Applicants should also have held at least one position of leadership in band such as Drum Major, Section Leader or Band Council. Preference will be given to applicants whose secondary education continues in the study of music. Submit the application and essay to Counseling Office by February 1, 2017. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior of Montesano High School. 



Grays Harbor Mounted Posse Scholarship

Scholarships in the amount of $500.00 are available from the Grays Harbor Mounted Posse scholarship program.  The recipients will be selected on the following criteria:

 Ÿ  Equine Oriented, Ÿ  Written Resume,   Financial Need, Community Service Commitments, Ÿ  2.5 GPA Minimum, Ÿ  Graduating High School Seniors, Ÿ  May be used for any Post-secondary Education

 Applicants MUST have all scholarship application materials, to include a transcript of grades, postmarked no later than April 21, 2017, for consideration.  Any late applications CANNOT be accepted.  Scholarships awarded must be used for the 2016-17 school year.  Please submit applications to:   

Grays Harbor Mounted Posse

  P.O. Box 638

  Elma, WA   98541



Dave Brittell Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship was established to honor a man who loved wildlife, was dedicated to preserving tracts of land for future generations, and encouraged others to pursue their dreams. Dave Brittell’s passion as a wildlife biologist left a lasting impact on wildlife habitat and species in the Pacific Northwest region. 

This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, or living expenses incurred while pursuing a degree in wildlife biology or a related natural resource field at a college or university in the Pacific Northwest. The award recipient must attend school on a full-time basis during the academic year of the scholarship. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 will be awarded and paid in the second term of the scholarship year, provided the student remains in good academic standing. There are some variables in the selection process, however merit will be the principal determining factor in selection. Candidates will be evaluated on leadership and citizenship qualities, dedication to purpose, scholastic achievement, potential for continuing development, and outlook as demonstrated by participation in activities other than scholastic activities. Two letters of recommendation should address these qualities as demonstrated by the applicant, and an application form must be completed by the applicant. Letters of recommendation should include contact information.

Submit a completed application and letters of recommendation to the address provided on the application no later than April 30.




Susan Houtby Lawrence Memorial Scholarship

Susan Lawrence was a Special Education Teacher at Montesano Junior Senior High School for 31 years. She was a devoted teacher who loved her students and worked hard to help them reach their goals both in high school and in planning for their lives after graduation. Mrs. Lawrence felt great joy in the successes of her students, and she would be so touched to know that her legacy will continue in the form of this scholarship as it will help a deserving student follow his or her dreams.

               Criteria for Scholarship Recipients:

1)    A special education student who has received services for at least two of the four years in high school;

2)   Has maintained a 2.0 grade point average;

3)   Plans to attend either college or trade school after graduation.

Scholarship Requirements:

1)     Complete the Susan Houtby Lawrence Scholarship Application;

2)    Attach a current transcript;

3)    One essay of 250 words or more answering one of the two prompts:

a.    What has been an important lesson you have learned in high school?

b.    What are your goals for life after graduation?

4)   A scholarship award of $250 will be issued to the chosen recipient upon proof of enrollment in college or trade school.

Application   Due May 1st in the Counseling Center by 3pm


A scholarship will be given by the Brady Firefighters Association, to a graduating senior from Montesano High School.  The scholarship must be used for tuition and any accredited college, university, or vocational school.

To qualify for this scholarship, the student must live in Fire District #2.

Applications are available in the Counseling Center.

Due: May 5 at 3pm to the Counseling Center.

Vaughan Co., Inc. Scholarship

Application form for Vaughan Co., Inc. $1,000 minimum scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: The applicant may be any Elma or Montesano High School graduate planning to pursue a higher education. Your choice may be any college, university, community college, accredited vocation school or trade school. Please feel free to attach additional pages for essay questions and any other information that you feel is pertinent.

The applicant should be aware that our choice will not be limited to low income. Payment will be made directly to the school of your choice of enrollment.

Application is available at:

Larry Quinn Memorial Scholarship


 Larry Quinn was a 1984 graduate of Montesano High School. He was a member of the 1983 state championship football team, as well as the basketball and track and field teams. In 2007, he was inducted into the Montesano High School Hall of Fame. Larry was a loving husband to his best friend, Renee, and an exceptional father and role model to his three children – Lyndsy, Hannah and Noah. In addition to husband and dad, Larry served as a coach, mentor and source of inspiration to hundreds of kids across Grays Harbor.

 Larry was never the biggest, strongest or fastest athlete, but he worked hard and improved every single day. He never wasted a moment in the gym or on the field. Likewise, Larry worked hard in the classroom, went to college and served as a project Manager at Lakeside Industries for 25 years. 

 An example of leadership and self-sacrifice, Larry was the person you would always want to be on your team. 

 A champion for the underdog and the little guy, Larry spent extra time with the student-athletes who might otherwise be left behind or over-looked. Larry wanted every child to succeed. As a result, the teams he coached were not just highly successful in the win-loss column, but were a model of teamwork and successful collaboration. 

 The Larry Quinn Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize a student or students who exemplify the qualities and spirit Larry possessed. There are no formal requirements to apply, as Larry would've wanted it, rather a commitment to improvement and dedication to personal growth and success. 

To apply, please send a one-page personal narrative highlighting how you have and will use Larry’s model of hustle and hard work in your past and future endeavors to  The award winner will be announced at the Montesano High School Senior Awards Ceremony.