Grays Harbor College offers a variety of scholarships generously donated by various organizations and individuals in the community through the Grays Harbor College Foundation (Room 2401, 538-4243). More information is available at both the Foundation Office and the Financial Aid Office.
Applications for scholarships are generally available during winter quarter for the following academic year. Recipients are chosen by the Committee on Scholarships. The Committee on Scholarships will award scholarships to the best qualified candidates according to the criteria listed. Students should therefore not apply for specific scholarships but to the program as a whole. Any scholarships that are renewable require certain criteria be met such as grade-point average in order to receive the second year installment.
This Scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Grays Harbor County high school. General merit of the applicant is considered in the selection process. Student should be a female sophomore with a 3.0 Grade Point Average.
The Lions Club of Aberdeen established this scholarship in 2001, in memory of longtime member Jack Vanderbeek. Vocational students in their first or second year are eligible, and must be a Taholah, Aberdeen, or South Beach resident.
This scholarship requires that the recipient be entering their sophomore year at GHC with a 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average and be working towards a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
The Twin Harbors Chapter of AAUW offers this scholarship to a female student who lives in Grays Harbor or Pacific County with a preference given to Pacific County students. Student must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average and be working towards an AA or transfer degree.
Anchor Bank sponsors two scholarships for students planning to attend GHC. Recipients should be graduates of a Grays Harbor County high school. The first scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman and the second scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore. Consideration will be based on scholastic achievement.
A Pre-Apprenticeship Fund was created through a Community Workforce Agreement for the SR 520 Pontoon Construction, currently being constructed by Kiewit General. This scholarship serves to promote Construction careers within the Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.
Margaret E. Astrom was a member of the Class of 1940 at GHC, and was a longtime Aberdeen resident with a successful career in Banking. A portion of her estate established this full-tuition scholarship, which is open to all students.
This scholarship includes the Lynn Daneker Memorial Scholarship and is for an entering freshman or a returning student who is preparing for a career in Business Administration, Computer Science or Economics. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates a strong potential for success in academic work.
This full-tuition scholarship is given in memory of Wesley Berglund a local engineer. In 1954, he started the engineering firm Berglund Schmidt & Associates in Hoquiam. This scholarship is open to all students who wish to apply, preference given to pre-Engineering students with financial need. Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
This scholarship was established by the Bi-Mart Corporation. A northwest company, Bi-Mart is employee owned. They do significant fundraising to generate this scholarship with the hope that it is impactful in the lives of the student recipients. Bi-Mart has a long-term goal of helping Grays Harbor College prepare students for employment. Preference will be given to a student in the Business and Retail sector.
The E.K. and Lillian (Fleet) Bishop Foundation originally established these scholarships to GHC. The endowed program, created in memory of the area’s two generous benefactors, recognizes deserving young Grays Harbor students or by supporting them as they follow their educational goals.
This scholarship was created by Dr. Ed Brewster, President of GHC, in honor of his parents, Ben and Darlene Brewster. This is a Challenge Scholarship with matching funds provided by the Foundation, and is open to all students.
This endowed scholarship is awarded to a deserving student with interest in Chemistry and other Sciences. Walter E. Brown, who died in 1993, made this scholarship endowment in gratitude to GHC for the education and support he received as a young student here. He continued his education at the University of Washington with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemistry and went on to earn a doctorate in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1949. His pioneering research work with the American Dental Association Health Foundation is renowned.
This scholarship was established by Karen Brunstrom-Laito, a 1958 GHC graduate, and her husband Rich Tonelli. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Science, Math or Education who maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher.
This scholarship was established through the estates of Mr. and Mrs. Bush. Two scholarships are awarded annually to qualifying freshmen or sophomores based on financial need and with a preference for Pacific County residents.
Funded through the Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, this scholarship is available to all students.
This scholarship was established by the family of Kasey Lee Caskey as a memorial. Priority is given to a student with drive and potential for success. Preference will be given to a Carpentry or Vocational major and to students who play baseball. Student must have graduated from a Grays Harbor County high school and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Kasey was an Aberdeen native who passed away May 12, 2013. He was a Grays Harbor College student and worked for the Caskey Industrial Family. He often said, “Keep making Smiles, pass it forward”.
This endowed scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clagett, Mrs. Helen Beale Foote and Miss Hilda Beale, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Clagett. Students awarded this scholarship are returning students majoring in English, Education and/or Mathematics. The committee considers general merit when selecting the recipient.
This scholarship was established in memory of Emma Heslep. The recipient of this award is a freshman woman at GHC who is majoring in Education. The funds are to be used for the second year of study at GHC.
The Descher Family Scholarship is awarded to a graduating Hoquiam High School graduate with a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average. This is a Challenge Scholarship, funded by the Descher Family and matched by the GHC Foundation.
Mrs. Patricia Nelson established this endowed scholarship in the memory of Jim and Ethel Doyle who lovingly raised their family of eight in West Aberdeen. Preference for this scholarship is given to a student enrolled in Building Trades Programs or other Vocational Programs.
Long-time county residents, Victor and Elizabeth Druzianich, established these scholarships in 2003. The awards are available to students in any field of study, who reside within the GHC district.
The Earley Scholarship is granted to a graduating senior of any Grays Harbor County high school. Recipients should show good academic performance during their high school years and have potential for success at college.
The family and friends of Volney R. and Yetive M. Easter established this endowed scholarship, awarded to a second-year Social Sciences major planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after graduating from GHC. Preference is given to Psychology or Sociology majors. A minimum college Grade Point Average of 3.0 in transfer level classes is also required.
Mr. H. C. Elliott, Jr. chose to memorialize his father by establishing an endowed scholarship at GHC. The recipient of this scholarship will be an entering or returning student who is majoring in a Vocational field. Preference will be given to students who show strong potential in one of the trades.
This endowed scholarship program, was established by the estate of Olivetta Faulkner. Ms. Faulkner moved to Grays Harbor in 1907 and lived most of her life in Aberdeen and Cosmopolis. The number of scholarships awarded and the amounts may vary.
This endowed scholarship is presented to students who are pursuing a degree in Nursing. This scholarship has been offered since the early 1990s as a generous donation from the estate of Sharri Faulkner-Boyd.
Family, friends and co-workers joined with the GHC Foundation to provide this scholarship in honor of Jim Fenton. Jim was first employed at GHC in 1973, and served in a variety of capacities, always lending a helping hand to students who experience dramatic life changes while attending GHC. During Mr. Fenton's lifetime, he made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of students; this scholarship in his memory will continue that tradition for years to come. Preference is given to a high school graduate or displaced worker with a 2.5 Grade Point Average.
This Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship is offered to a female Grays Harbor County resident returning to GHC for a second year. Personal integrity and scholarship achievement are considered. The recipient’s Grade Point Average should be 3.0 or higher.
This endowed scholarship was established by family, faculty, staff and friends of GHC in honor of Dr. J. R. Frost and later in memory of both Dr. Frost and his wife Betty Lou. Dr. Frost served as an instructor, registrar and Dean of Instruction at GHC from 1951 until 1980. Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman student who has demonstrated scholarship and academic potential.
Funded by this campus’ student organization and matched by the GHC Foundation, these scholarships are designated for full-time students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or as an ally. Recipients must have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average.
This scholarship is intended for students who are pursuing their General Education Development (GED) and may be used to fund GED testing. Students may receive assistance for up to five tests when those tests are being taken for the first time.
Created from the estate of Mr. Tom Gillies, this endowed scholarship, is awarded to deserving students based on their merit. A native of the Twin Harbors, Mr. Gillies had an outstanding career in the field of Library Science and later retired to the Olympia area. His brother, Mr. Stan Gillies served on the GHC Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1982.
This full-tuition scholarship is given in honor of Lynne D. Glore, former Executive Director of the Foundation. It was created by the Foundation Board to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of this outstanding individual. This scholarship is open to all students who wish to apply.
Family, friends and co-workers joined with the GHC Foundation to provide these scholarships in honor of Brent Goeres and his father, Buford Goeres. Brent taught English at GHC beginning in1981, served for many years on the College's Scholarship Committee, and was selected "Teacher of the Year" in 2002. His father served on the GHC Foundation Board.
The 40 et. 8, Voiture 91 Club provides scholarships to students preparing to be Registered Nurses. The scholarships are awarded to either new or returning students from Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties who have been accepted into the Nursing Program at GHC. Preference given to a family member of a Veteran.
The Grays Harbor Chapter of Washington Credit Unions has approved an ongoing commitment to fund a scholarship at GHC. This scholarship is granted to any second-year student with a 3.0 Grade Point Average or better pursuing an area of study. It is awarded to Credit Union members or potential members.
These scholarships are supported by the GHC Federation of Teachers, the GHC Foundation, Twin Harbors Labor Council, faculty and staff of GHC, as well as local community members. They were created to assist students facing a declining job market in our area, specifically those impacted by the mill closures.
The GHC Foundation annually awards scholarships to area high school graduates or equivalent that show aptitude for college work and have good academic records.
GHC President, Dr. Ed Brewster receives a special discretionary fund from the GHC Foundation that is used to fund this award. Scholarship recipients are randomly chosen from those high school students and parents who attend College Night. Open to all students.
These scholarships, made available by the Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Auxiliary, support students taking coursework in the Medical field. Recipients of this award must have completed 50 hours of volunteer services at GHCH East or West Campus within the year prior. A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 and full time attendance are requirements.
This scholarship is awarded by the Grays Harbor Pacific County Retired Teachers’ Association to a Grays Harbor or Pacific County resident that has graduated from a local high school, and has maintained a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.75 for one year at GHC.
The Poggie Club of Grays Harbor sponsors this scholarship to support a local Fisheries or Natural Resources major for his or her sophomore year at GHC.
This endowed scholarship is awarded to a student who has completed one year of college and who is studying for a degree in Forestry, Logging, Engineering or Education. The recipient must have graduated from a high school in Grays Harbor or Pacific County and attended one year at GHC or another Washington or Oregon college or university.
This scholarship is granted annually to residents of Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties in memory of Mr. Victor H. Grinich. Recipients must be studying Math, Astronomy, Science or Engineering, and be planning a career in a Math or Science related field.
Bernadine Hermann, a long time employee of GHC, established a trust fund in her estate to provide this endowed scholarships to students attending here. Scholarship and merit are used to determine the recipients.
A bequest from the estate of Joseph Hernandez, two scholarships are available each year, one for a male and one for a female student. Students must be of Hispanic heritage. These are renewable scholarships for the second year.
This scholarship is awarded by the family and friends of A. J. Hillier, former Forensics Coach and History Instructor at GHC. Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding returning student in History, General Education or Forensics.
This scholarship was established by Rich and Pat Hole, both active members of the community. Pat was a former GHC Foundation Board Member, and Rich is a current Board Member. Rich was a Business Manager for the Aberdeen School District and Pat was an Executive Administrative Assistant with Weyerhaeuser. This is a Challenge Scholarship, awarded to a Business major with a 2.75 Grade Point Average.
This scholarship program is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Pat Hughes, who understands the importance of a quality workforce and a student’s need for the necessary tools. This includes careers in Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Commercial Truck Driving (CDL), Diesel Technology, Nursing, and Welding Technology.
To honor this Founder of the GHC Foundation, a scholarship was named in memory of Ernie Ingram. He was a signer of the Articles of Incorporation to form the Foundation in 1963. Mr. Ingram remained a strong supporter of the College throughout his lifetime. This full-tuition award is open to all students.
A bequest from this Montesano community leader, this endowed scholarship is awarded to three deserving students each year. Ms. Johnson was involved in organizing the Montesano Community School Program, in addition to other civic causes. Open to all students.
Mr. and Mrs. Kelsey felt very strongly that in any field of work, education was the key to success. They established these scholarships to give back to the Harbor for the success they had enjoyed in business. Scholarships are available to students pursuing careers in Nursing, Education or the Forestry Field.
This scholarship is open to any North Beach High School graduate focused on any full-time course of study. Those students who are in need will be given preference. This is a Challenge Scholarship, funded by the Kiwanis Club and matched by the GHC Foundation.
This endowed scholarship was established by family, faculty, staff and friends of GHC in honor of Dr. Jon V. Krug, who served as Director of Occupational Education and Dean of Instruction from 1979 until 2000. The Industrial Technology Building (Building 700) was named in his honor. Recipients will be entering or returning students enrolled in short-term or long-term Occupational Training Programs.
To honor this early member of the GHC Foundation Board of Directors, a scholarship was named in honor of Frank Larner in 2012. Frank was a long time partner with Preszler, Larner & Mertz in Aberdeen. He was a President of the Chamber of Commerce, served as a GHC Board of Trustee and GH Community Foundation Trustee. In 1994 he received the CPAs Vincent A. Gervais award for public service. Mr. Larner remains a strong supporter of the College. This is a full-tuition award open to all students.
This scholarship was generated by Richard and Rhonda Lee for a Vocational student, preferably one enrolled in a Diesel Mechanics, Welding, Carpentry or CDL. Student should maintain a 2.0 GPA. This scholarship is renewable.
In memory of her husband, O-Thar (George) Lillegaard, her brother, Oliver Koli, and her mother, Eva Kangas, Lempi Koli Lillegaard generously willed her entire estate to establish this endowed scholarship at GHC. Lillegaard was a teacher at North Cove for many years. Preference is given to full-time freshmen, Aberdeen or Westport High School graduates with a 3.2 or higher Grade Point Average.
These scholarships were founded in honor of a prominent local family. This is a Challenge Scholarship matched by the GHC Foundation. These scholarships will go to full-time Music majors.
Awarded to four qualifying Grays Harbor and Pacific County students each year, the Lonngren family endowed these renewable scholarships through their estates. Students must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average with preference given to dislocated workers. The Lonngrens were longtime Harbor residents; he had a successful Forestry career with Rayonier and other logging operations.
This endowed scholarship is named for Russell Vernon Mack who moved to Aberdeen in 1895. He served in the US Army during WWI and he was a newspaper publisher for the Hoquiam Daily Washingtonian from 1934-50. Russell was elected to US Representative from the 3rd District 1947 – 60. This scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman who is majoring in Journalism, Communications or Education.
Established in memory of GHC student Bobbie Jo Mattice, this scholarship is awarded to a sophomore in the Human Services Program who has a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average. This scholarship is funded by fellow students and the Human Service Club.
This endowed scholarship was established in 2003 by Doctors Les Reid and Estelle Connolly Reid. It is awarded to a student who has been accepted into the GHC Nursing Program. The scholarship honors the Reids’ longtime friend, Ms. McDonald, who graduated from the GHC Nursing Program and worked in their Medical practices in both Aberdeen and Tacoma.
These scholarships are awarded to students that are serious about their educational goals, and have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average. Mrs. Moir initiated these scholarships to honor her husband, and the value of higher education they shared as a couple.
This scholarship, made available by the Montesano Farm & Home business in Montesano, supports Montesano School District full-time students in any course of study. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 is required.
This scholarship was established in the memory of James Murphy, a longtime Information Technology Department employee at GHC. This is a Challenge Scholarship, matched by the GHC Foundation.
The $2,500 Lions Club scholarship is a Challenge Scholarship, matched by the GHC Foundation. Scholarship will be awarded to a North Beach High School student with a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher. Student must be enrolled full-time.
This scholarship was established by the family of Brandon Oliver as a memorial. Priority given to Diesel Tech students, this scholarship is open to all students who wish to apply.
This scholarship was established in memory of Percy A. Parker, a charter member of the Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra, and is awarded to an entering freshman majoring or minoring in Music.
This Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship is awarded to an Aberdeen woman enrolling at GHC. The scholarship is granted on academic performance as a Challenge Scholarship, matched by the GHC Foundation.
A onetime memorial gift from the family of Jerry Pavletich for a Natural Resources student.
This full-tuition scholarship is given in honor of Wes Peterson, former Executive Director of the Foundation. It was created by the Foundation Board to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of this outstanding individual. This scholarship is open to all students who wish to apply.
Honoring two longtime Montesano residents, this renewable scholarship is awarded to a Nursing student with a 3.0 Grade Point Average. Preference is given to a graduate from Montesano High School.
This Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship is awarded to a recent female graduate of a Grays Harbor or Pacific County high school, with a Grade Point Average of 3.2 or above, who is attending as a full-time sophomore. The scholarship was created by Chapter BC, P.E.O. Sisterhood in memory of Rhea Pinckney. Mrs. Pinckney was the last living Charter Member of Chapter BC, P.E.O., which was organized in 1923. Mrs. Pinckney was elected Washington State President of P.E.O. serving her term during 1944. This is a Challenge Scholarship, matched by the GHC Foundation.
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in Forestry. If no Forestry student is eligible, the scholarship may be awarded to another student. This scholarship was established by the Marigold Read Polson Trust in memory of her husband.
This scholarship was created by Bob Preble in honor of his late wife, Liz. She was active in her church, the library, Chapter AK of the PEO sisterhood, Girl Scouts, and art. This award is a Challenge Scholarship matched by the Foundation. It is open to all students on a year-to-year basis.
Members of this civic organization honor one student each year. The recipient must be enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program, preferably with sophomore status.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Reiner have provided this generous scholarship to help at risk students attend GHC to further their education. For many years, they owned Reiner’s Sporting Goods in downtown Aberdeen. Even though they have retired and moved to Olympia, their hearts are still here on the Harbor.
This full tuition scholarship is sponsored by the Aberdeen Rotary Club in memory of Carole Hunt, who was a high school English teacher dedicated to education and literacy. Preference is given to an Aberdeen High graduate pursuing a major in English, Teaching, or Literacy.
The family and friends of Howard and Juanita Rowe established this scholarship in 1989. Mrs. Rowe worked for many years at GHC as the Scholarship Secretary. Because of her devotion and love for the students at the college, her family created this scholarship. The recipient will be selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship.
Supported by the generous contribution of Randy and Laura Rust, this scholarship is awarded to a Nursing student. Mr. Rust is a GHC Trustee, and member of the GHC Foundation Board.
This scholarship is granted by the family of Peter and Marie Schafer to a student returning for his/her sophomore year that has shown aptitude for college work.
This endowed scholarship is named in memory of Mrs. Barbara Hill Scott, a GHC graduate and elementary school teacher. She retired from teaching in 1993.
These scholarships, made available by Truman and Ella Seely, support students taking coursework in the Sciences. Ella is a former GHC employee who worked closely with students enrolled in Science classes. Recipients of these awards must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0, and may attend full-time or part-time.
This scholarship is granted in memory of Ms. Gloria Seguin by her brother, Dr. Victor Grinich. Recipient is to be female, a graduate of a Grays Harbor County high school, studying Biological or Health Sciences, and planning a career in a health-related field.
Dr. Edward P. Smith, GHC President from 1953 to 1972, and his wife, Barbara, established this endowed scholarship in 1986. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and character.
Stanley Ellsworth (Lee) Smith attended GHC. Music was always a motivating force in his life; he continued to study Music and took weekly piano lessons throughout his long Business career. He always said that he was “a pianist working as an accountant.” It would give Lee great pleasure to know that part of his enormous, loving legacy is to help a fellow Music student. This scholarship is open to all fulltime Music majors with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0.
Named in memory of this founder of the GHC Foundation, this full-tuition scholarship was designated for James Stewart in appreciation of his loyalty and continuing support of the College. Mr. Stewart was a member of the first graduating class at GHC. This award is open to all students.
James and Vera (Gilardi) Stewart established this endowed scholarship to recognize academic performance and character. The applicants for these scholarships will be considered on their character, academic performance, community service and their potential for achieving success in their chosen field of endeavor. Funding of these scholarships was from a timber harvest of private forest lands owned and tended by the donors. It is hoped that the recipients will help improve public understanding of the benefits of private Forestry and the local Forestry Industry.
This endowed scholarship is provided by Anita and Lee Townsend, long-time educators from Pacific County, now retired. Recipient is either a freshman or sophomore, with a disability.
This endowed scholarship was created by the estate of Bruce Vreeland. Mr. Vreeland was a graduate of GHC and worked for a number of years for the Juvenile Court of Grays Harbor County. The scholarship is intended for a student from Grays Harbor or Pacific County studying Music or Criminal Justice.
This Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) Scholarship is awarded to a student who is finishing their freshman year and who wishes to return to GHC for the second year. General merit of the student is considered in the selection for this Challenge Scholarship.
This endowed bequest from the widow of one of Aberdeen’s founding fathers provides several scholarships for qualifying students. Income from this portion of Mrs. Weatherwax's estate also supports the Bishop Center for Performing Arts and the Spellman Library, two areas of interest for this very generous donor.
Established at the bequest of the late Ruth West, this Endowed scholarship is for a student who has graduated from any area high school. Selection of the recipient is based on the student’s sincerity in attempting to further his or her education.
Provided by the Westport Shipyard, this scholarship is designed for a student pursuing a Vocational field or Sociology. First preference in awarding is given to an Ocosta High graduate. Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average required.
As a Challenge Scholarship, the funds awarded from Windermere Real Estate will be matched by the GHC Foundation. This scholarship is open to all students and is given year-to-year.
This annual scholarship supports deserving students who are majoring in Broadcasting, Communications or other Media fields. The Wolfenbarger and Gurr families established Jodesha Broadcasting in the Twin Harbors area. This is a Challenge Scholarship, matched by the GHC Foundation.
Given to participants of the World Class Scholar (WCS) Program, this scholarship program was started in 1993 as a partnership between students, parents, and Grays Harbor College. Available to students in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, students sign a contract committing to several scholastic, leadership and community service goals to be met before their high school graduation. Students receive a $1500 scholarship award from the GHC Foundation during their first year at GHC.