BEST's 2014 Raffle Quilt made its debut at the Graham Business Association Business After Hours on Oct 10th. The beautiful queen sized quilt was made by Helen Randles former long-time BEST board member. Thank you, thank you, Helen! Tickets are on sale through any BEST board member ($1 each). The quilt is currently on display at Umpqua Bank on Meridian & 176th. The drawing will be held at the June 10th 2014 BEST board meeting at 5:00. It is not necessary to be present to win.
Bethel Educational Scholarship Team has changed its name to "B.E.S.T. Dollars for Scholars" to keep within the parameters of ScholarshipAmerica. ScholarshipAmerica is in the process of getting all of its Dollars for Scholars chapters consistent in their names for better national recognition.
BEST has elected officers for the 2013-2014 scholarship year. President Harriott Fix Balmer, Vice President Gary Pollock, Secretary Lisa Ottoson and Treasurer Jimmy Morgan. The board has also re-elected its Board Class of 2013 (Gary Pollock, Cathy Wheeler and Jay Brower) and they will become the class of 2016.
Graham Business Association is working on its Scholarship Auction to be held Wednesday, November 20th, at 7:00 a.m. at Silver Creek Retirement facility on 91st and 176th. Tickets are $20 each which includes the breakfast buffet, a chance on a $50 gift card, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of items. All proceeds will go to Scholarships for Bethel High School, Graham Kapowsin High School, Challenger School graduates for post-secondary education. Last year $6000 was donated from the auction for scholarships! Below are some of the items already donated for the upcoming auction.
Bethel Educational Scholarship Team (BEST) 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. In addition the other two district Dollars For Scholars chapters (Friends of Challenger Community Foundation and Graham Kapowsin Dollars For Scholars Community Foundation) awarded their own scholarships totaling more than $20,000.
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!
Bethel Educational Scholarship Team has accomplished a lot in the past 25 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!