North Thurston Education Foundation Awards $120,000 in Scholarships to 36 Students

Submitted by North Thurston Education Foundation

The North Thurston Education Foundation has awarded scholarships with a total value of $120,000 to 36 graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools.

Recipients of the scholarships — which range in value from $2,000 to $11,000 —were selected on the basis of factors that included financial need, academic performance, school and community activities, personal essays, and letters of recommendation.

“This year’s applicants were exceptionally gifted and deserving. The Foundation is pleased to be able to award scholarships to these outstanding students to assist them as they continue their educations,” said Cathy Callahan who chaired the committee that reviewed applications and selected the scholarship recipients.  She noted that recipients will be attending vocational-technical schools, community colleges, and colleges and universities across the country.

The following graduating seniors received this year’s awards:

North Thurston High School: Addison Parker DeMeire, Annissa G. Deguzman, Bethany Samone Ball, Devan Marie Gunther, Eden Young Ahn, Emily Chaeyoung Kim, Hunter Steven Kosmider, Luis Esteban Rodriguez Socon, MacKenzie Marie Polly Kennedy, Madelyn R. Olson, Paige Bristol Sedgwick and Truc Ngoc Pham.

Timberline High School: Chloe Kusterbeck Aseron, James Owen Beardslee, Jayden Hunter Collins, Joseph Paul Gardner, Hope Marie Hocutt, Joshua J. Lee, Kayla Neeley, Lesly Patricia Navarrete, Maya Jasmine Martinez, Sophie A. Hall, Taylor Carlson, Aditi Kumar

River Ridge High School:  Aramara E. Sanchez, Avonya Essence Divinity, Cato Delos Cannizzo, Felina Jo Guynn, Janeah C. Owens, Jarett Golden Stalcup, Jasmin Salcedo, Jiovani Gilberto Cervantes, Jordyne Denise Dorer, McKenzie M. Goff and Naomi Diesta Stanley.

South Sound High School: Cole Parker Roderick.

Fifteen of the scholarships are named after individuals in the community and funded by bequests from or donations on behalf of the persons for whom they are named. The remaining twenty-one scholarships were funded solely by the Foundation’s annual fund-raising and by an unrestricted grant from the Dawkins Charitable Trust.

The scholarships recipients were celebrated at a June 12, 2018 reception honoring them and the Foundation’s donors. The reception provided an opportunity for students and donors to meet and visit.


Incorporated in 1989, the North Thurston Education Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt non-profit volunteer organization that raises funds to eliminate financial barriers to student success among North Thurston students from low-income families.  In addition to the scholarship program, the Foundation provides each district school with student assistance funds that can be used for student needs that can’t be met with public funds; provides financial help to the district’s more than one thousand homeless students; and makes grants to teachers for special classroom projects.  More information about the Foundation is available at

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