YEAR IN REVIEW - 2014 Was a Great Year!
2014 Scholarships Awarded! We are proud to announce that 120 scholarships have been awarded this year for a total of $80,000. The scholarships were awarded to students at Bethel, Challenger, Graham Kapowsin and Spanaway Lake High Schools, all members of the Bethel School District.
BEST of the BEST - Presentation of awards to Helen Randles, Marilyn Rasmussen, Pat Roberts-Dempsey & Cathy Wheeler was made at Bethel School District Board Meeting on May 13th. BEST provided snacks and beverage at 8:00 break of the board meeting. The plaques were given to these four ladies as they retired from the BEST Board. Among them is over 70 years of work for the graduates of Bethel School District. They truly are "BEST of the BEST".
GoFundMe website is set up for funding scholarships in the name of the Best of the Best. Check it out on www.GoFundMe.com/93w8to
The BEST Quilt Raffle winner was drawn at the June 10th meeting of BEST Board. The 2014 quilt was made and donated by Helen Randles and THIS year after many years of buying many, many raffle tickets, the quilt was won by Harriott Balmer!
BEST is on Facebook now! Friend us at B.E.S.T. (Bethel Educational Scholarship Team).
BEST is collecting "Where AreThey Now" videos! We are asking for videos of Bethel Graduates who received a scholarship from BEST and how it helped them in their education. We would love to interview you!
The Graham Business Assn Scholarship Auction was held on November 20th and raised $4400 for scholarships for Bethel High School, Graham Kapowsin High School and Challenger School. Jimmy Morgan and Toby Delgado handled the auctioneering. Silver Creek Retirement facility on 91st & 176th on South Hill was our host for the buffet breakfast. There were many good buys to be had on the silent auction tables. The live auction was spirited and one of the best items was a quilt handmade by Peg Greiwe that went for $200!. Put this on your calendar for 2015. We would love to have you attend.
This is the first year that BEST has taken scholarship applications on the website. Scholarship America has been right there to help us with the learning curve. Students may start filling out their applications as early as middle school and can keep adding to it each year. To reach the application, click on the tab for Students and Parents on this website.
Our Promise Scholars Program for 5th Grade at risk students is very popular. Students are nominated by their teachers because they are at risk for going on to post secondary education. If chosen (one from each elementary school in the Bethel district or more if funded by PTA or other groups), the student is given a promise that he/she will receive a $500 scholarship upon graduation from a Bethel District high school. Jay Brower and Harriet Miller are the coordinators along with Dodie Raden, of course!
B.E.S.T. Dollars for Scholars has accomplished a lot in the past 26 years. We now have an endowment of more than $1,000,000 to fund scholarships for Bethel District graduates.
We are the local chapter for Dollars for Scholars and more than 500 schools and colleges will match our scholarships with equal dollar amounts.
We receive generous regular donations from:
- Bethel School District employees through the "Day's Pay" program
- Graham Business Association Annual Scholarship Auction
- Individuals, families, and business sponsored scholarships
- Community donations for memorial scholarships
Please read the full text of the wonderful thank you letter from Autumn Knutson, she explains exactly what your scholarship donations can do. Click Here!