Everett Rotary Youth Foundation
The Everett Rotary Youth Foundation was chartered with the State of Washington on November 18, 1952, for the purpose of raising funds to support programs for the youth of the Everett area. Providing college scholarships is one of the Everett Rotary Club’s major efforts each year. To date, our club has awarded more than $5.0 Million.
Rotary scholarships are awarded to students from Everett, Cascade, Sequoia High Schools, and Everett Community College. Students are nominated by their school counselors or scholarship committees and are interviewed and selected by club members who are part of the Everett Rotary Youth Foundation Education Committee.
Partners in Excellence
Separate from our endowed scholarships, the Partners in Excellence program was started in 1999 to encourage local businesses and friends of Rotary to annually contribute to our scholarship program. This year we are indebted to the following partners and friends:
Botesch, Nash & Hall, originally established in 1954, has been a significant contributor to numerous community organizations. Under the leadership of Andy Hall, Past President of the Rotary Club of Everett, Botesch, Nash & Hall funds a scholarship for students in the pursuit of architecture.
The Brett Akio Jensen Scholarship is funded by the Jensen family and honors the memory of their son Brett. It is awarded to a well-rounded student who, like Brett, has been actively involved in student leadership, school and community activities. Brett, a graduate of Cascade High School, was an Everett Rotary scholarship recipient.
Compass Health is Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader. They are a community – based agency integrating behavioral health and medical care services to support clients and communities. Compass is sponsoring a new scholarship in behavioral health.
The Everett Clinic strongly believes in giving back to the community and supports programs and organizations that help make Snohomish County a better, stronger, and healthier place to call home. The Everett Clinic funds a scholarship for an Everett Community College student in the field of nursing or medical technician.
The EverTrust Foundation Scholarship is in its third decade of funding programs that enhance the quality of life in Snohomish County. This award is granted to a deserving student who plans on attending a local community college or approved local vocational training program.
Dwayne Lane’s Family Auto Centers, a locally owned business, has been serving the community since 1954. Owner Tom Lane, a member of the Everett Rotary Club, funds a general scholarship to the school of the student’s choice.
Goldfinch Bros., Inc. has been in business since 1892 and is still family owned and professionally managed. They are a leader in commercial and residential glass and glazing services. Goldfinch funds two new scholarships – one in construction management and the other in applied trades.
Helen Jackson was married to US Senator Henry M Jackson, who died in 1983. A gracious, generous person, Mrs. Jackson worked tirelessly for many worthwhile causes in the community. She was an honorary member of Everett Rotary from May 7,2002 until her death on February 24,2018. Rotarians and community members have contributed to this award in her honor.
Hermes Law Firm, PS. Russ Hermes is a local attorney and fellow Rotarian who is very active in the community and has worked with this Committee for many years. In 2019 he has created his own scholarship to reward graduates of the School District.
Larry O’Donnell is a Rotarian with a 30-year career in the Everett Public Schools as a teacher, counselor, Vice Principal, Principal, and Director of Facilities and Planning. This scholarship is for a student going to community college or university with a focus in general studies.
The Providence General Foundation was established in 1994 to help support the mission and work of the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. These funds provide a scholarship for a student pursuing a healthcare degree.
Rubatino Refuse Removal, serving the Everett area community since 1907, has a long-standing tradition of community involvement, exemplified by Ed Rubatino and Rose Rubatino Goulet, both Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of Everett. Rubatino funds a general scholarship to the school of the student’s choice.
Russ Kimball is a Rotarian and owner of Evergreen State Heat & AC that serves residential and commercial buildings in Snohomish County. He supports a scholarship in the STEM curriculum.
Rotary Endowment Scholarship Information
The Adelaide Dykstra Scholarship was created by Jerry Dykstra, a member of Rotary, in honor of his wife, Adelaide Dykstra, who taught mathematics at Everett High School for many years. The Dykstra family continues this legacy in honor of their parents with a scholarship awarded annually to a female Everett High School student who has achieved mathematics excellence and plans to pursue higher level mathematics and/or mathematics education.
The AGB Scholarships are funded by an endowment left by Anthony G. Bozich. Tony established these scholarships because he firmly believed that the best way to keep America strong is through superior education. The AGB Scholarships are 4-year awards for students who intend to major in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
The Loren Baker Scholarship is a 4-year award funded by the Everett Rotary Club in memory of the late Loren R. Baker, an Everett Rotary Club member for forty years. He was a lifelong resident of Everett and a strong supporter of youth programs. This award is intended for a well-rounded student.
The Evelyn Hoffman Scholarship is awarded each year to a student at Everett High School who excels in English, Literature or Writing. The Hoffman family has funded this to recognize Evelyn’s love of English and teaching at Everett High School.
The Pat Miller Scholarship is in memory of Pat Miller, whose infectious smile was enjoyed by Rotarians for over 25 years. As a business community leader, he was active on hospital, city and bank boards, serving the city of Everett for decades. Pat had a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. This scholarship is awarded to a student following his path in engineering.
The Steve & Jo Saunders Scholarships are funded by an endowment left by Steve Saunders. Steve was the 40th President of the Rotary Club of Everett who lived to be 101 years old. He was a proud WSU Cougar, graduating in 1935 and built Tyee Mortgage. Steve and his wife Jo raised two children and were great examples of community leaders, helping many charitable projects. Steve called his year as President of the Rotary Club of Everett “the best year of his life.” He was a member of the Rotary club for 63 years. The community is blessed by the scholarship program that he has endowed.
The Fred Sjoholm Scholarship was created to honor Fred Sjoholm, who was the senior partner at Hascal, Sjoholm and Company Accountants, and a longstanding Rotary member who has overseen our finances and endowments. It is intended for a student who is interested in pursuing a career in accounting or financial management.
The Bernie Webber Memorial Scholarship is funded through the Everett Rotary Club and awarded jointly by the Schack Art Center. It honors the lasting memory of Bernie Webber, a consummate commercial artist who gave selflessly of his time, talent and good nature for Rotary and our community. It is awarded to the student demonstrating outstanding talent and career interest in fine arts.
William W. “Bill” Dobler was born and raised in Everett; he attended EHS and WSU. Bill was a life-long contributor to the community, a 53-year member and Past President of our club. Bill was involved at Cocoon House, Dawson Place, on the Everett City Council, on the hospital board, in his church, and as a parent, grandparent, and foster-parent (to over 20 children). He made a difference in the lives of others, particularly children. This scholarship is awarded to a student who shares Bill’s heart for service.
The Dobler family and Gamut360 Holdings are privileged to honor the memories of Hol Mabley and Kay (Mabley) Lyons. T. Hollister Mabley exemplified the Rotary motto of “service above self.” He founded a successful mechanical contracting firm in Detroit, MI, served as a Rotary President, then Rotary District Governor, before retiring to Mukilteo. Katherine (Kay) Mabley Lyons, like her father Hol, served her community and enriched the lives of those she knew. If she saw a need, she filled it, usually wearing her signature smile.
Don Loken was a 1949 graduate of Everett High School, and third generation business owner, who had 56 years of perfect attendance in the Rotary Club of Everett. For many of those years he was the Greeter, and the first face fellow Rotarians saw for every meeting. He was a major donor to Rotary throughout his life with 10 Paul Harris Awards.
Next Generation Program: Scholarships and AVID support for Everett, Cascade, and Sequoia High Schools
The Next Generation Project offered by the Rotary Club of Everett supports the goals of AVID at Everett, Cascade, and Sequoia High Schools by providing students with experiences and information that will prepare them for success in college.
AVID defines “least served” students as ‘in the academic middle’. These students have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.5, are considered low income, are members of an underrepresented ethnic or racial group, or are aspiring to be a first-generation college attendee. AVID has two equally important facets to its program, an instructional model designed to train all teachers in best practices and an elective class for students accepted into the program. Scholarship Funds for Graduates – AVID students who demonstrate need will be awarded funds to support them as they enter college.