Tool Scholarships

The Grays Harbor College Foundation offers the Hughes Tools and James Davis Trust Tool Scholarship programs to eligible students.

Nursing, Carpentry, and Welding Students

Established in 2004 by Lawrence “Pat” Hughes and his wife, Mary Ellen, the Hughes Tool Scholarship helps GHC Industrial Technology and Nursing students purchase tools required for their particular field of vocational study. The Hughes believes students learning valuable job skills need to start with quality tools that can later be utilized when entering the workforce.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 1st year students in automotive, carpentry, CDL, diesel, medical assisting, nursing or welding are eligible to apply.  2nd year students are eligible to apply if they did not receive a Hughes Tool Scholarship in their first year of study in any program.
  • Students must receive a “C” or higher in the fall quarter and be enrolled in a full-time professional/technical core disciplinary course listed above for the winter quarter. With the exception that medical assisting and nursing must receive a “B-“ or higher in fall quarter.
  • If a student enrolls in a program after the scholarship cycle has closed, the student may apply for the next scholarship cycle that will open in following academic year if they continue to meet the criteria listed above.

Award Amounts

Course of Study Maximum Scholarship Amount

Automotive

$1,000

Carpentry

$1,000

CDL

$500

Diesel

$1,000

Medical Assisting

$300

Nursing

$1,000

Welding

$1,000

 

Scholarship Application Instructions

Students will be required to complete the online scholarship application and submit it by the set deadline.

Application Deadline and Scholarship Awarding

Applications will be available online the third week of October and complete applications are to be submitted online by the first Monday in December by 5:00 pm.  Students will receive their scholarship award or denial notification via email in early January from the GHC Foundation office.  Notification emails will be sent to the email address used to apply for the scholarship.

Tool Quotes and Instructor Approval Instructions

Students awarded the Hughes Tool Scholarship will need to contact their instructor to determine what tools are eligible for purchase. Students will need to:

  • If eligible tools were purchased prior to the opening of the scholarship cycle and while the student was enrolled in the program, students may submit those receipts for instructor approval and reimbursement.
  • Obtain printed quote(s) for eligible tools from vendor(s) – please only use a maximum of 3 vendors and if possible, please obtain quotes from local tool vendors in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.
    • To obtain a quote for tools that need to be purchased online, add the tools to the vendor’s shopping cart and print a copy of the shopping cart showing the item, cost, tax and shipping.
  • After obtaining the printed quote(s), students will complete the Tool Quote Form and attached the receipts to the form. 
  • Students will submit their completed form and receipts to their instructor for signatory approval prior to submitting to the GHC Foundation Office.
  • Completed Tool Quote Forms are to be submitted to the GHC Foundation office on the first Monday in March by 5:00 pm. Remember to complete the Tool Quote in full, have instructor signatory approval, and attach the printed quotes to the form PRIOR to turning into the GHC Foundation office.

Purchasing Tools and Submitting Receipts

  • The GHC Foundation Office will notify students via email when their check is ready to pick up.
  • When picking up their check, the student must:
    • Submit a heartfelt “thank you” letter addressed to the donors, Mr. & Mrs. Hughes.
    • Sign a scholarship agreement form.
  • Students must return original receipts to the GHC Foundation office 2 weeks after receiving their check.  Failure to return the original receipts within the 2 week time period or returning the items to the vendor for cash after purchasing the tools will result in disqualification from future scholarships offered by the GHC Foundation.

Spring Award Ceremony

Recipients of the Hughes Tool Scholarship are expected to attend the Spring Award Ceremony held on the 3rd Wednesday in May at 5:30pm.  The scholarship donor, Mr. Pat Hughes or one of his designees will be in attendance to meet students and we ask that instructors attend as well to thank Mr. Hughes or his designee for supporting the scholarship and GHC students.

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Funds from the James Davis Trust are utilized for tool scholarships for Forestry and Natural Resources students attending Grays Harbor College to acquire the required tools and equipment for coursework that will later be utilized in the workforce.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, students must meet the requirements:

  • 1st year students in Forestry and Natural Resource classes are eligible to apply. 2nd year students are eligible to apply if they did not receive a James Davis – Forestry and Natural Resource Tool Scholarship in their first year of study.
  • Students must receive a “B-” or higher in the fall quarter and be enrolled in a full-time core disciplinary course for the winter quarter.

Award Amounts

Course of Study Maximum Scholarship Amount

Forestry/Natural Resources

$400

 

Scholarship Application Instructions

Students will be required to complete the online scholarship application and submit it by the set deadline.

Application Deadline and Scholarship Awarding

Applications will be available online the third week of October and complete applications are to be submitted online by the first Monday in December by 5:00 pm.  Students will receive their scholarship award or denial notification via email in early January from the GHC Foundation office.  Notification emails will be sent to the email address used to apply for the scholarship.

Tool Quotes and Instructor Approval Instructions

Students awarded the James Davis – Forestry and Natural Resource Tool Scholarship will need to contact their instructor to determine what tools are eligible for purchase. Students will need to:

  • If eligible tools were purchased prior to the opening of the scholarship cycle and while the student was enrolled in the program, students may submit those receipts for instructor approval and reimbursement.
  • Obtain printed quote(s) for eligible tools from vendor(s) – please only use a maximum of 3 vendors and if possible, please obtain quotes from local tool vendors in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.
    • To obtain a quote for tools that need to be purchased online, add the tools to the vendor’s shopping cart and print a copy of the shopping cart showing the item, cost, tax and shipping.
  • After obtaining the printed quote(s), students will complete the Tool Quote Form and attached the receipts to the form. 
  • Students will submit their completed form and receipts to their instructor for signatory approval prior to submitting to the GHC Foundation Office.
  • Completed Tool Quote Forms are to be submitted to the GHC Foundation office on the first Monday in March by 5:00 pm. Remember to complete the Tool Quote in full, have instructor signatory approval, and attach the printed quotes to the form PRIOR to turning into the GHC Foundation office.

Purchasing Tools and Submitting Receipts

  • The GHC Foundation Office will notify students via email when their check is ready to pick up.
  • When picking up their check, the student must:
    • Submit a heartfelt “thank you” letter addressed to the donors, GHC Foundation.
    • Sign a scholarship agreement form.
  • Students must return original receipts to the GHC Foundation office 2 weeks after receiving their check.  Failure to return the original receipts within the 2  week time period or returning the items to the vendor for cash after purchasing the tools will result in disqualification from future scholarships offered by the GHC Foundation.

Spring Award Ceremony

Recipients of the James Davis – Forestry and Natural Resource Tool Scholarship are expected to attend the Spring Award Ceremony held on the 3rd Wednesday in May. 

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