Quilt Raffle - tickets are selling right and left. There are only 1,000 tickets this year. 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: June 4, 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!
Don't forget the Graham Business Assn Scholarship Auction on November 20th 2013 at Silver Creek Retirement on 91st & 176th Ave in Puyallup at 7:00 AM (yes, a.m., in the morning!). Proceeds from this event are given to BEST to be distributed to students interested in business. Come out and have breakfast with us and bid on the great items. Cost is $20 which includes breakfast buffet, chance on a $50 gift card from Umpqua Bank, and the opportunity to bid on the silent and live auction.
Members of the B.E.S.T. Dollars for Scholars board will be attending the Dollars for Scholars regional conference on November 23rd which will be held at Pacific Lutheran University. These conferences are always worthwhile in information and networking with other chapters.
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!