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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

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



Varsity Tutors Scholarship $1,000 Monthly

Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest Description

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by VarsityTutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:


The Washington State School Retirees' Association (WSSRA) invites senior students of your school who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply for the above scholarships. These awards are given to students who wish to have a career in the "field of education". Their degree could be in one of these majors: teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist. 

WSSRA conducts the search and review process and selects the recipients. Applicants will be notified by May 4, 2017, if they have been chosen. Please encourage your outstanding students who are committed to a career in the field of education to apply. 

The scholarship application is available online on our web page at To access the forms click on Forms & Files and then in the drop down menu click on Scholarship Application. The forms must be filled-out online, printed and mailed to the WSSRA District Representative for the student's area. The District Representative's name and address will be displayed once the student has entered the zip code where requested for his/her school. 

For an application to be considered it must be in approved form, with directions followed precisely and mailed and postmarked by March 1, 2017.

There are eight WSSR-Foundation Scholarships- one time $1500

Sixteen Robert J. Handy Scholarships- $900 each for up to 4 years

One Neil D. Prescott Scholarship- a one-time scholarship of $1500




Apartment List Scholarship

Well hello there! Apartment List is one of the fastest growing apartment rental marketplaces in the United States. Finding your next home should be a delightful process, and we’re building the technology tools for a better tomorrow. Our award-winning platform draws nearly 3 million monthly visits, and we have the highest rated iPhone app in the category. We have over 60 employees and are based in San Francisco, CA.

Scholarship details

As a company filled with many college grads, we know that college is an important life endeavor, but one that can be expensive. We couldn’t have graduated without a little help along the way, and we want to give back to the future leaders of America. Therefore, we are offering a $2,500 scholarship to outstanding students who exemplify one or more of Apartment List’s core values:

  • Bold While Pragmatic
  • Endlessly Helpful
  • Making an Impact
  • Driven by Data
  • Succeeding Together
  • Forever Learning

You may have mentored a fellow student, organized a fundraiser for charity, or gone on a humanitarian trip abroad. Whatever your achievements, we want to hear from you!


Any legal U.S. resident at least eighteen (18) years old who meets one of the following criteria:

  • Currently attending attending high school and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year
  • Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)

How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application that includes answers to the following questions:

  • What have you done that exemplifies one (or more) of Apartment List’s core values?
  • What is most important to you when choosing a place to call “home”?

Please submit through the Apartment List Scholarship Application Form.


Spring: March 1

Summer: June 1

Fall: September 1

Winter: December 1

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS)

  • Who should apply: low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.  Students must also meet additional eligibility criteria.
  • Award Amount: $2,500 - $7,500/year depending on class standing.
  • Renewable: for up to five years based on credits completed.
  • Number of Recipients: Approximately 1400 applicants will be selected for 2016-17.


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:

OMB: Olympia Master Builders

OMB Offers Scholarships for Students Intending to Follow a Career in the Building Industry.

Each year the Olympia Master Builders (OMB) and its chapters in Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason counties offer scholarships to graduating seniors: a Vocational Scholarship, a Collegiate Scholarship and a Ken Donohue scholarship* to college or vocational/technical school-bound students.

Students intending to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry such as: engineering, architecture, drafting, industrial design, carpentry, construction management, etc. are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must reside within Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Pacific or Grays Harbor counties and be a US citizen.

 Scholarship Application

Our Community Credit Union

OCCU announces Scholarship Program

 Our Community Credit Union is now accepting applications for their high school scholarship program. This year, the number of $1,000 scholarships awarded has increased from three to six.

Applicants must be a 2017 graduating senior, an OCCU member and attending school in either Mason or Grays Harbor County or Vashon Island. Applications and guidelines for the scholarship are available to download at The deadline to apply is April 30, 2017.

Questions should be directed to Daris Devaney at (360-427-3407 / 1-800-426-5657) or emailed to Our Community Credit Union is based in Shelton and has 7 branch locations throughout Mason County, East Grays Harbor and on Vashon.

 Applications and guidelines for the scholarship are available for download at

WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Smart Choices College Scholarship.

The Smart Choices Scholarship recognizes one female and one male high school student for their achievements in athletics/activities, the community, and the classroom.  The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 college scholarship that will be presented to them at the WIAA Hall of Fame Banquet held at the Renton Pavilion Event Center in May.

Beginning last year, the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires have sponsored an additional $8,000 in Smart Choices scholarship money for the remaining four finalists from each gender.  Each of the eight finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

"The generosity the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires display by increasing the scholarship money is incredible," WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.  "The Association receives applications from many deserving students and the more students and WIAA member schools that can be recognized with this great initiative, the better."

Applicants have until April 1, 2015 to submit their applications.  In addition to a series of background questions, each applicant will be required to write an essay or provide a personal statement video about "How you plan to use your education to benefit others."  The judging criteria is based on 35 percent athletic/activity excellence, 35 percent academic achievement, 15 percent leadership, 10 percent citizenship/community service, and five percent on originality/creativity of the student's essay or video.  The application for the Smart Choices Scholarship Fund is available online at

Representatives of the WIAA, Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires determine the final scholarship awards.

"The Dairy Farmers of Washington believe it is important to support and foster opportunities for young men and women in our communities to reach their potential both on the field and in the classroom, especially since they will be tomorrow's leaders in Washington State and across the nation.  Our co-title sponsorship of the WIAA with a respected partner like Les Schwab Tires gives the dairy producers in Washington State the opportunity to do that", said Jeff Steele; Director of Business Development for the Dairy Farmers of Washington.

Out of nearly 400 applications in 2014, Drew Wallen of Auburn Riverside, currently attending Central Washington University and Jenna Moser of Colton, currently enrolled at the University of Washington were selected as the winning recipients in 2014.

"At Les Schwab, we believe in supporting organizations that teach lessons about responsibility, hard work and serving the community - values the company believes in," said Andy Sherry; Regional Manager. "We're proud of our relationships with the WIAA and the Dairy Farmers of Washington, because it does just that. And we're excited to see the excellent opportunities that the Smart Choices scholarships provide to so many deserving students."

About WIAA
WIAA is a membership organization of over 800 schools from every corner of the state. Member school set the structure, rules and regulations for five different activities and sixteen athletics programs at the high school and middle/junior high school level. WIAA staff helps interpret and oversee rule-making decisions and policies, assist member schools with questions and provide accessible and responsive assistance to help athletic and activities programs run smoothly. Learn more about WIAA at

About Les Schwab
Les Schwab Tire Centers (, headquartered in Bend, Oregon is one of the leading independent tire dealers in the United States. The Company has 6,600 employees in 450 locations throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Les Schwab founded the Company bearing his name in 1952 and quickly established a reputation for outstanding customer service. The first Les Schwab stores were opened in small towns and rural communities with one guiding principal - provide your neighbors with outstanding customer service and high quality products. This single-minded focus on servicing the customer continues today. "Pride in Performance," a slogan coined by the founder explains each employee's commitment to providing the best tire value to its customers and always-delivering world-class customer service.

About Dairy Farmers of Washington
The Washington Dairy Products Commission, operating as the Dairy Farmers of Washington, was created by an act of the Washington State Legislature in 1939 to promote dairy products within Washington State, and educate the public about dairy products and the dairy industry. The Commission is funded entirely by an assessment on milk production from all Washington's approximately 480 dairy farms.

Franciscan Scholarship Program

$2,000 awards for postsecondary educationFranciscan Health System has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study in selected healthcare related fields at an accredited institution of the student's choice.

For more information and to download an application go to:

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Established by local residents in 1994, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation works with donors from all walks of life who want to create unique funds to improve local communities.  By helping donors help their communities through charitable giving, we are working to build a community endowment for the long-term benefit of Grays Harbor County.  Vocational and 2 & 4 year college awards.

Click for more information and eligibility:


Imagine Tomorrow, Annual High School Problem-Solving Competition


Help students bring their ideas to life
The Imagine Tomorrow competition sparks curiosity like nothing else



Washington State University, Pullman

$100,000+ in cash prizes, thanks to our sponsors

Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to alternative energy sources. Students research complex topics related to renewable energy, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this energy competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.

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Microsoft Disability Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The mission of DisAbility Scholarship at Microsoft is to empower and enable high schools students with disabilities to (a) go to college, (b) realize the impact technology has on the world, and (c) target a career in the technology industry. A primary goal of this scholarship is to increase the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.  

This scholarship will identify promising high school seniors who have potential to enter and successfully complete a vocational or academic college program and have a financial need.  The amount of this non-renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office. 

All candidates must be high school students living with a disability who plan to attend a 2 to 4 year University or College program, maintain a cumulative 3.0 CPA or equivalent and have declared a major from the approved list (see scholarship guidelines on application) .


To be considered for the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship, you must:
To apply for the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship, the student must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be a current high school senior with living with a disability (as defined by WHO), whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive or speech.
  • Plan to attend an undergraduate program in a 2 or 4-year University/College or Technical College in the fall of the academic year following high-school graduation.  Schools must be in the USA or have a USA-Affiliate for financial transactions (contact Seattle Foundation to verify non-USA school’s eligibility).
  • Declare a major in engineeringcomputer sciencecomputer information systemslegal or in businessthat are approved (ie. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing).
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school and/or in the community.
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
  • Enrollment status must be full-time or half time.


How to Apply

To apply for a Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship, print and fill out the application.  Enclose it in an envelope with the following items:

Résumé.Your résumé should include the following information:

  • Extracurricular activities (school and community related)
  • Honors and awards that you have received (if possible, include awards that are technology related)
  • Work experience 

Picture of yourself. 

Transcript. Include an official "sealed" copy of your current academic transcript. (If selected, unofficial copies will not be accepted.)

Three essays. 

  • In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to be engaged in the technology industry in your career.
  • In no more than 500 words, please share your vision of how Microsoft can innovate its future devices and services solutions to creatively & successfully support those living with disabilities in the workplace and in daily life to reach their potential.
  • In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.

Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters. (Letters must be on letterhead.)  

Complete Application Form 
Fill out the entire Application Form at the end of this page. You can type the information or print clearly.  When you are done, print Sections I and II of the Application Form and make sure that you sign and date the verification on the 4th page.

Mail completed applications to the following address by March 15th. Selection will be complete, and those selected to receive the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship will be notified by April 15th.

The Seattle Foundation
c/o Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship
1200 – 5th Avenue, Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98101

Download the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship application (Microsoft Word document, 144 KB)


How to donate to the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship Fund

Thank you for supporting the Microsoft DisAbility Scholarships.  
All donations are accepted at:
Microsoft employees may donate via //GIVE.