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.

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Since 1988 the PNW Kiwanis Foundation has awarded scholarships totalling more than $335,000 to Key Club and CKI students.



Key Club Scholarships

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  • Since 1988 the PNW Kiwanis Foundation has awarded Key Club scholarships totalling $170,000.

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: Rick Johnson
3825 Cooper Pond, Anacortes, WA 98092
Or send via email to: rnj1358@gmail.com

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 George Cadman, Dick Rust, Howard Montoure and Jewell Bailey.


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 in 2019

Scholarship Student City
Earling M. Larsen Award Tia Kelliher Eagle River, AK
Joe & Marion Epler Award Molly Bloom Asland OR
Founding Director's Award Benjamin Nguyed Portland, OR
George Candman - Emeritius Director Award Yamile Gonzales Flores Lakewood, WA
Dick Rust - Emeritius Director Award Mikena Loutherback Moses Lake, WA
Howard Montoure Emeritius Director Award Kristen Vega Moses Lake, WA
Jewell Bailey - Emeritius Director Award Carmen Cheung Vancouver, BC
Sylvester Neal Award Michelle Yang Vancouver, BC
PNW Foundation Award; Daniel Huynh Happy Valley, OR
PNW Foundation Award Kyoto Hall Federal Way, WA
PNW / International Foundation Matching Uma McGuire Ashland, OR

Please contact the Foundation Secretary for recipient list back to 1988.