BEST Update - June 3, 2014

Best Scholarship Winners at Graham Kapowsin High School! (photo to be uploaded)

BEST Update - May 19, 2014

Reports from Career Counselors/Scholarship Clerks for Bethel School District:

  • Bethel HS, Robin Hodges - has a scholarship for each applicant

  • Challenger, Jessie Blocker - scholarship for each applicant

  • Graham Kapowsin, Kelly Woyak - working on it

  • Spanaway Lake, Heather VanDyke - one scholarship needed and then all applicants will receive one

So far scholarships given this year will be 102 at $75,650.

Schedule of award events for Bethel School District

  • Bethel HS - June 4th, BHS, 6:00-6:30 refreshments; 6:30 Awards

  • Challenger - May 22ns Bethel Learning Ctr, 5:00

  • GK - May 29th 6:30, GKHS

  • SL - May 28th, 6:30, SLHS

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". (photos to be uploaded.)

GoFundMe website is set up for funding scholarships in the name of the Best of the Best. Check it out on

The BEST Quilt Raffle winner will be drawn at the June 10th meeting of BEST Board at 5:00 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. FOR MORE TICKETS, contact Peg Greiwe 360-832-2451 or Harriott Balmer 253-988-4036

Check us out on Facebook B.E.S.T. (Bethel Educational Scholarship Team

The Graham Business Assn Scholarship Auction that was held in November 2013 at 7:00 a.m. - Yes, A.M. - raised $4500 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. Put this on your calendar for 2014 - November 19th. We would love to have you attend.

This is the first year that BEST has taken scholarship applications on the website. We are very excited to see how this works out. 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.

The Best Board of Directors is working on an event to honor the BEST of the BEST - several board members who have been on the BEST Board of Directors for many, many years and are retiring from the board. More information will come out as we draw nearer to the date. Donations are always welcome so we can give more scholarships to deserving graduates. BEST Dollars for Scholars is a 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible.

2014 quiltQuilt Raffle - The BEST raffle quilt has been traveling around from Columbia Bank to Bethel High School to the Graham Business Assn's Business After Hours and other places. We had to order more tickets because the 1000 that we started with are sold! The BEST raffle quilt funds at least one scholarship and tickets are selling right and left. Drawing is June 2014 (need not be present to win). Thanks to Harriet Miller who has agreed to be the Quilt Champion again.

ScholarshipAmerica - in order to comply with new guidelines from ScholarshipAmerica, the Bethel Educational Scholarship Team as changed its name to B.E.S.T. Dollars for Scholars. We have completed the paperwork in the State of Washington.

Our Promise Scholars Program for 5th Grade at risk students has already scheduled the spring events: May 23, 2014 9:00 Pierce County Skills Center with Kapowsin Elementary 5th graders and a trip to Pacific Lutheran University with another elementary school. 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 is a community scholarship foundation. In the spring of 2013 we awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to the graduates of the four high schools in the Bethel School District, Spanaway WA. College costs are rising. Government funds are shrinking. And many promising students cannot afford to realize their dreams of a post-secondary education. At a time when education should be a top priority for our country, access to education needs to be equally important.

Click here for a list of our 2013 Scholarship Recipients! We are so proud of them all!

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!