The St. Andrew scholarship program is one that all can take pride in. Like other St Andrew mission programs, much is accomplished by our relatively small congregation. The scholarship program is unique in that it focuses on helping students from St. Andrew with financial support in attaining an undergraduate college degree or attending vocational school. Since the program was first started in 2001, a total of 28 scholarships have been awarded.
For the current 2016-2017 school year, scholarships were awarded to three of our St. Andrew youth – Claire Anderson in her fourth year at Western Washington University, Madeleine Jones in her third year at Western and to Davis Delfin in his first year at Seattle Pacific University. Please read what Claire and Madeleine write about the program.
Claire writes - “The Thomas and Newell scholarships have been a huge help in supporting my education through Western Washington University. Most recently this scholarship helped my family pay for a field course on human/land relationships in the state of Montana. This opportunity allowed me to meet with numerous environmental activists, ranchers, miners, as well as the Northern Cheyenne and Blackfeet Tribe to talk about current environmental issues. The people in my course are on similar educational tracks as I am and helped expose me to several career paths I could continue down after I graduate college.
These scholarships have helped pay for tuition at my university as well as aiding me in pursuing an alternative form of education where I gained extremely beneficial experiences and wonderful friendships. Please consider making a financial donation to these wonderful scholarships.”
Madeleine writes - “College has become a huge financial investment and the high cost is by far the biggest reason for people dropping out. My family is fortunate enough to have the means to pay for it, but I know that it is stressful for my parents, especially since by the time I graduate, my brother will be in college. When I'm sitting in class and thinking about the cost of every minute I'm spending, I feel better knowing that with the Thomas Scholarship, at least they have a little bit of help, and by the end of the four years, it will add up to a big chunk of money that they didn't have to pay. I highly value any help that I can get because each class I take and each new thing that I learn brings me a step closer to a career in serving people, and that is what is most important to me.”
The scholarship program was initially funded by an endowment from the family of Kay Newell and a second endowment from the family of Pam Thomas. However, all are welcome to participate in helping the program to continue. All contributions are both welcome and appreciated, and are put to good use helping the youth of St. Andrew. This winter, the scholarship committee will begin accepting applications for scholarships for the next school year which starts in September 2017. Scholarship applications will be due on March 1, 2017.
This scholarship program brings to life the Mission of our church - “St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, through God’s grace, is a loving, accepting, inclusive congregation serving others and fostering spiritual and personal growth for all ages.” If you would like to contribute, donations may simply be marked “Scholarships” and included with normal church offerings. If you have any questions about the scholarship program, please contact one of the scholarship committee members: Derona Burkholder, Karen Mullen, Lezle Resor or Don Patterson.