Pacific Northwest District Kiwanis Foundation

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Youth Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors and annual club gifts, the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation provides more than $15,000 US each year to support youth and young adults in Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs through district-wide awards, scholarships, and grants for leadership activities.

Did you Know?

Between 1987/88 and 2015/16, the Foundation has awarded 243 scholarships totalling more than $265,500.



Key Club Scholarships

Did you know...

  • The PNW Kiwanis Foundation gave out 7 Key Club scholarships totalling $7,000 in 2016-2017
  • Between 1987/88 and 2010/11, the Foundation has awarded 140 Key Club scholarships totalling $140,000.

Scholarships for Key Club Members Accepted into College or University

Seven $1,000 scholarships available to Key Club members accepted into college or university. Under recent changes, matching scholarships co-funded by the Kiwanis International Foundation will be available only to the top five Districts, as measured by per capita KIF annual fund giving.

Scholarship Amounts: $1,000 US.
Criteria: These awards are based on commitment to community service by a graduating member of a Key Club within the Pacific Northwest District.
Deadline: Forms must be received by February 1st.
Link to Scholarship Application: PNW Scholarship Description and Qualifications
Address to Send Applications: Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation
Scholarship Chair: Elizabeth Bennett
2805 Plymouth Drive, Bellingham WA 98225
Email: lizzie3cats@centurylink.net

Scholarship Descriptions


The Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation's Erling M. Larsen Scholarship

This first scholarship was named in 2005 to honor Earling Larsen. He served on our Foundation Board from 1986 until 2003 and included a term as President in 1991/92. His early and generous donation of both land and support provided a large portion of our present asset base.


The Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation's Joe & Marion Epler Scholarship

In 2006 the Foundation named our second scholarship after our longest serving Founding Director Joe Epler. Joe served on the board from 1986 to 2003, including two years as president in 1986-88. He served as PNW Kiwanis District Governor in 1959, and was an active Emeritus Board member until death in March 2015.


Founding Director's Award

Our third scholarship was named in 2008 to recognize our original nine Founding Directors: Dick Bell, Jack Delf, Joe Epler, Gene Favell, Roy Frank, Otto Lawrence, Marshall McCann, Don Miles, and Bill Watts. These outstanding gentlemen had the vision and determination to establish this Foundation in 1985.


Emeritus Director's Award

Our fourth scholarship was named in 2008 to recognize those Director’s whose efforts over time have been above and beyond the call of duty normally asked of our board members. This scholarship honors the contributions of Mel Dennis, Otto Lawrence, and Joe Epler.


The Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation's Sylvester Neal Scholarship

Our fifth scholarship was named in 2011 to honor Sylvester Neal. He served as PNW Kiwanis District Governor in 2002-03, as International Trustee from 2004 to 2007. He was elected International Vice President in 2007 and Kiwanis International President in 2010-11.


PNW Kiwanis Foundation Awards

These two scholarships are presented each year on behalf of the Foundation.


Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships: Recognizing Outstanding Graduating Key Club Members

PNWKF Scholarship Year Student High School / City Amt.  
Earling M. Larsen Award 16-17 Pham, Annie Capital HS/Olympia, WA $1000  
Joe & Marion Epler Award 16-17 Shin, Angela Gig Harbor HS/Gig Harbor, WA $1000  
Founding Director's Award 16-17 Quanesisouk, Alissa Roosevelt HS/Portland OR $1000  
Emeritius Director's Award 16-17 Touch, Amanda Kentridge HS/Olympia WA $1000  
Sylvester Neal Award 16-17 Nguyen, Thu Capitall HS/Olympia,WA $1000  
PNW Foundation Award; 16-17 Aviluz, Carol The Dalles HS/The Dalles, OR $1000  
PNW Foundation Award 16-17 Tran, Christine Vancouver Tech/Vancouver BC $1000  
           
Governor Ron's Scholarship 16-17 Student High School / City    
    Ch'en, Peter Bellevue HS/ Bellevue WA $1000  
    Nguyen, Arlene Van Tech/ Vancouver BC $1000  
    Eckhardt, Joanna Gresham HS/ Gresham OR $1000  
    Trihn, Shayla Lincoln HS/ Tacoma WA $1000  
    Rieskamp, Audrey Molalla HS/ Molalla OR $1000  
    Ongoco, Jennifer Lincoln HS/ Tacoma WA $1000  
    Troyer, Caitlin Coeur D.Alene HS/ Rathdrum ID $1000  
    Nida, Tessa Mariner HS/ Omak WA $1000  
    White, Shelby Lynn Kelso HS/ Kelso WA $1000  
    Suastegui, William Omak HS/ Omak WA $1000  
    Robon, Alana International Community School, Kirkland WA $1000  

Please contact the Foundation Secretary for recipient list back to 1987-88.