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Welcome to our Scholarship Page!

Below are the available scholarships for the KHS Class of 2018

  Please read all directions carefully as failure to complete applications correctly, and by the deadline, may result in your application not being considered for the scholarship.  

You will need to complete the FAFSA starting October 1, 2017 in order to be eligible for ANY Financial Aid, regardless of household income.

Kelso Public Schools Foundation

The Kelso Public Schools Foundation offers multiple scholarships to Kelso High School graduating seniors.  All of the below scholarships are due to the Counseling Center no later than Friday, April 13

Scholarship Name
 Criteria & Application

Anderson, Veryl and Larry ($1000)

Established by alumni and community advocates Veryl and Larry Anderson.
  • Pursuit of a degree in Music or music education
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Financial need
  • Application here.

    Baker Family (Two @ $1,000)

    Established by the Jim Baker family to recognize graduating seniors.
    • GPA between 2.5 and 3.5
    • Plan to attend LCC on a two-year program or to begin there and continue at a four-year institution
    • Recommendation from a school representative
    • Application here.

      Breakthrough ($1000)

      Established by a 2011 Kelso High graduate and recipient of a Kelso Foundation scholarship, who felt strongly about “paying it forward.”
      • Student entering a field of study in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) areas
      • Well rounded (athlete or leader in school club or work part time)
      • GPA of 3.2 or above
      • Financial need
      • Application here.

        Brent, Maynard and Georgia ($1000)

        Established by alumni and community advocates Maynard and Georgia Brent.
        •   Attended Wallace Elementary or lives in the South Kelso area
        • Interest in attending a trade school or community college
        • Financial need
        • Average GPA
        • Application here.

            Calhoun, E. Lucille ($900)

            Established by the estate of Lucy Calhoun, a beloved Kelso High teacher for over 35 years
            • Interest in entering a field of study in child development, nutrition culinary arts or education
            • GPA of 3.2 or above
            • Application here.

            Clark Family ($500)

            Established by the Marion and Ruth Clark family to recognize a graduate interested in entering a medically-related field of study
            • Interest in medically-related field of study
            • GPA of 3.0 or higher
            • Financial need
            • Not receiving many other scholarships
            • Application here.

                Clark, Marion Memorial ($500)

                Established by Clark family honoring Dr. Marion Clark in his love of horticulture and music.
                • Entering field of study in music or horticulture
                • GPA of 3.0 or higher
                • Financial need
                • Application here.

                  Clary, Terri ($500)

                  Established by Jim Clary in honor of his wife Terri, a former alumni, in lieu of a Christmas gift.
                  •   Female in good academic standing, involved in school activities and community service
                  • Letter from a friend that shows the loyalty of the applicant toward friends and school
                  • Application here.

                  Class of ‘45/Ames, Don/Vivian ($1000)

                  The Ames family continues this scholarship seeking Don’s passion in vocational/technical education.
                  • Attend community college, vocational or tech school and plans to enter one of the trades, i.e., mechanics, truck driving, refrigeration, instrumentation, welding or firefighting
                  • Application here.

                  Class of ‘45/Armstrong, Colleene Cottenoir ($1,000)

                  Colleen’s passion for music and performing arts continue under her guidance in the presentation of this scholarship.
                  • Financial need
                  • School activities and community service
                  • Preference given to student interested in studying music or the performing arts
                  • Application here.

                    Class of ‘45/Bailey, Vronia ($1,000)

                    Established as a memorial by the class of ’45 in honor of her high school involvement.

                    • Financial need
                    • Vocational or technical
                    • School activities and community service will be considered
                    • Application here.

                      Class of ‘45/Chinn, Willard ($1,000)

                      Established by the Class of ’45 and named for Willard honoring his involvement during their high school years.
                      • Career in the area of physical science or medicine
                      • Consideration given for school activities, community service
                      • Financial need
                      • Application here.

                        Class of ‘45/Jabusch, Tommy ($1,000)

                        Established by the Class of ’45, this memorial scholarship honors Tommy’s years of dedication as a teacher with physical impairments.
                        •   Student seeking degree in education who distinguishes him/herself despite a physical impairment or handicap
                        • Activities in school
                        • Financial need
                        • (Note: If no candidate qualifies for the physical impairment or handicap criteria , consideration would be given to the best candidate seeking a career in education.)
                        • Application here.

                            Class of ‘45/Laakso, Al ($1,000)

                            Memorial established for Al’s athletic and leadership abilities.
                            • Leader in school
                            • Participated in athletics during high school
                            • Application here.

                            Class of ‘45/St Onge, Alan ($1,000)

                            This memorial was established by the class in honor of Alan’s football triumphs.
                            •  Athletic ability
                            • Interest in the Arts
                            • Application here.

                            Class of ’52 ($800)

                            Established by the Class of ’52 to recognize the working student.
                            • GPA of 2.5 to 3.0
                            • Financial need
                            • Preference given to a working student
                            • Applicaiton here.

                              Class of ‘66 (Two at $1000)

                              Established by the Class of ’66, in honor of their 50th class reunion in an effort to give back to their alma mater.
                              •  Significant financial need
                              • GPA of 3.25 and above
                              • Application here.

                              Cummings, Maurice and Betty ($500)

                              Established by family and friends—Maurice was a Class of ‘34 graduate and Betty was a long-time employee of the KSD as an instructional assistant.
                              • Commitment to academics
                              • High work ethic and integrity
                              • Participated on a varsity basketball team
                              • Application here.

                                Dennis, Roy/Class of ’48 ($1,100)

                                Memory of Roy Dennis, beloved principal of the Class of ’48.
                                • Financial need
                                • Desire to pursue an education—either academic or vocational student
                                • Personal essay
                                • Application here.

                                  Dykstra, Robert (Class of ’54) ($1,000)

                                  Established by Robert in an effort to support students of Kelso High and their interest in furthering their education.
                                  •  Financial need
                                  • Average GPA
                                  • Struggle to complete high school
                                  • Desire to attend college
                                  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
                                  • Application here.

                                        Elms, Jack ($500)

                                        Teacher, coach, principal and district financial officer for many years. Served as treasurer and financial wizard for the Foundation in its beginning years—instrumental in moving the board to the high level of functionality it is today.

                                        •  Former Huntington Middle School student
                                        • Definite financial need
                                        • Application here.

                                        Express Employment ($1,000)

                                        Established by a local business, Express Employment Services honors students seeking employment in any of the industrial “hard” trades. (Note: This scholarship may be divided into multiple recipients.)
                                        •  Attend community college, vocational or tech school and plans to enter one of the trades, i.e., mechanics, construction, plumbing, electrical, instrumentation, welding and/or any “hard” trade
                                        • Application here.

                                        Hamm, Lori Annette Memorial ($600)

                                        Established by the family in memory of their daughter, Lori, a 1988 graduate who died in the summer of 2006. Lori was injured in an auto accident in the spring of ’88 and through hard work and effort, overcame serious injuries to graduate from Kelso High in December 1988 and went on to graduate from LCC.
                                        • Citizenship, school spirit and willingness to help others
                                        • Special consideration given to financial need
                                        • Application here.

                                        Hilander Hall of Fame/Kaiser Permanente (Two @ $2,500—one female/one male)

                                        Established by Kaiser Permanente in honor of Dan Wagster’s retirement. Dan was a graduate of the Class of ’45 and was Sr. Vice President of Kaiser Permanente Health/ Hospitals.
                                        • High academic achievement
                                        • Excels in athletics and/or the arts; extracurricular activities in school and community
                                        • Demonstrates good leadership and citizenship

                                        Hopkins, Virgil ($500)

                                        This endowed scholarship was established by the estate of Virgil Hopkins, a former Kelso High School English, foreign language and choral music instructor.
                                        •   Interest in entering the field of English, foreign language or vocal music
                                        • Personal statement about “Why I feel qualified to receive this scholarship.”
                                        • Application here.

                                        Huntington ($1,000)

                                        Established by the staff of HMS in honor of Elaine Cockrell’s retirement. The Cockrell family has maintained this scholarship in her honor.
                                        •  Attended Huntington three years
                                        • Financial need
                                        • Overcome hardship to graduate
                                        • Preference given to a Huntington Promise recipient
                                        • Application here.

                                            Joslin, Ron and Dot ($1,000)

                                            Established by Ron and Dot Joslin, retired Kelso School District instructors. Ron specialized in music and fine arts and Dot specialized in math and science.
                                            • Vocational training at a community college, trade school or vocational program—school activities should reflect those interests- Application here.
                                            • Mathematics or science—school activities should reflect those interests Application here.
                                            • Music and/or Fine Arts—school activities should reflect those interests. Application here.

                                            Kelso Eagles Auxiliary (1,000)

                                            Sponsored by the Ladies of the Kelso Eagles Auxiliary.
                                            •   Financial need
                                            • Desire to continue education
                                            • Application here.

                                            Vern King ($600)

                                            Established by family and friends to honor Vern’s contribution as teacher/administrator to the education of students in Kelso, especially Barnes Elementary.
                                            • Service to school and community
                                            • Financial need
                                            • Average GPA
                                            • Preference given to a Barnes Elementary student
                                            • Application here.

                                                Kingsley, Rosemary ($700)

                                                Established as a memorial by the Kingsley family. Rose worked many years as a para educator at Beacon Hill Elementary.
                                                •   Attended Beacon Hill Elementary School
                                                • Interested in attending community college, university or vocational/ technical training program
                                                • Interest and ability to be successful in educational pursuit beyond high school
                                                • Application here.

                                                  Kiwanis/Dr. Herron Memorial ($1,200)

                                                  Established by Kelso Kiwanis in memory of Dr. Thomas Herron, who practiced osteopathic medicine in Kelso.
                                                  •   Financial need
                                                  • Academic performance with school activities, awards and voluntary community service considered
                                                  • Application here.

                                                  Klawitter, Charles (Chuck) and Anita ($1000)

                                                  Established in memory of Chuck and Anita who were Kelso alumni and community advocates.
                                                  •   Attending LCC
                                                  • Recommendation from a counselor or teacher in a vocational area
                                                  • Commitment to pursue an education
                                                  • Personal statement of need
                                                  • Application here.

                                                      Laufman, Marlene Worley ($950)

                                                      Established in her memory by Marlene’s family. Marlene graduated from Kelso in ‘56 as a top student and a Scotty majorette.
                                                      •   Interest in education in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
                                                      • Interest in teaching
                                                      • Application here.

                                                      Living Educator/Kathy Williamson ($1450)

                                                      Established by the KPSF in honor of a living Kelso School District educator.
                                                      •  Pursue degree in education
                                                      • Application here.

                                                      Long, Kate ($4,000)

                                                      Established by the estate of Kate Long, beloved teacher who taught social studies and contemporary world problems for over 30 years at KHS.
                                                      •   Interest in international relations or politics, history or liberal arts
                                                      • Financial need
                                                      • Academic performance, school and community activities
                                                      • Renewable scholarship follows for three years
                                                      • Application here.

                                                          Lyons, Mike (Class of ’58 ($750)

                                                          Established by the Class of ’58 in memory of classmate Mike Lyons who died of injuries sustained in football during his senior year at Kelso High.
                                                          •   High personal standards
                                                          • Christian attitude toward others
                                                          • Letter of recommendation from a friend, teacher, counselor or coach required
                                                          • Application here.

                                                            Mathis, Ernestine ($500)

                                                            Established in memorium by the niece and family of Ernestine Mathis.
                                                            •  Interest in the field of Art or Computer Technology
                                                            • Application here.

                                                            McCool Living Trust ($1,000)

                                                            Rich McCool, graduate of the Class of ‘57, established this scholarship to honor his years in the construction business.
                                                            • Interest in the area of construction tech or construction trades
                                                            • Application here.

                                                            Moore, Lois (Two @ $6,500)

                                                            Established in 1994 by Maxwell (Max) and Lois Moore. Max was a local business owner and Lois served on the Kelso school board for a number of years.
                                                            • Pursuit of career in education
                                                            • Good citizenship in school and community
                                                            • GPA of 2.75 or above
                                                            • Financial need
                                                            • Application here.

                                                            Moore, Max (Two at $6,500)

                                                            Established in 1994 by Maxwell (Max) and Lois Moore. Max was a local business owner and Lois served on the Kelso school board for a number of years.
                                                            •   Pursuit of degree in vocational/professional area
                                                            • Good citizenship in school and community
                                                            • GPA of 2.75 or above
                                                            • Financial need
                                                            • Application here.

                                                            Murphy, Gordon and Pauline ($500)

                                                            Established by the family of Gordon and Pauline Murphy, Kelso community activists and school patrons.
                                                            •   Financial need
                                                            • Academic success and service to others
                                                            • Special consideration to students who attended Wallace Elementary
                                                            • Application here.

                                                              Piper, Walt and Marty ($1,100)

                                                              Established by the Piper family honoring their contributions to the culture and education of Kelso students. Walt taught math and coached at Kelso High for many years. Mary was a great supporter of the education and activities of Kelso students.
                                                              •   GPA of 2.5 to 3.3
                                                              • Contribution to school through athletics or school service
                                                              • Personal letter and a letter of recommendation from either a coach or a teacher explaining the contributions made by the student
                                                              • Application here.

                                                                Roberts, Rick ($1000)

                                                                Established by the family of Rick Roberts honoring his years of announcing KLOG radio play-by-play for many Kelso sports. Rick coined the phrase, “Scottie Dogs! You Gotta Love It!”
                                                                •   Participation in high school athletics
                                                                • Financial need
                                                                • Good GPA
                                                                • Determination to complete education
                                                                • Preference given to sports other than football
                                                                • Application here.

                                                                      Roberts-Bergman, Sharon (Two @ $2,000) – One Male/One Female

                                                                      Established by Sharon Roberts Bergman, a ‘61 graduate of KHS.
                                                                      •   Loyalty to friends, school and community
                                                                      • Two letters of recommendation from two (2) friends
                                                                      • Application here.

                                                                      Rose Valley PTO ($500)

                                                                      Established by the Rose Valley PTO honoring a Rose Valley student.
                                                                      • Attended Rose Valley Elementary
                                                                      • Application here.

                                                                      Saville, Mike and Linda ($500)

                                                                      Established in 1983 by Mike Saville in memory of his wife Linda. The name was changed by family in 2013 in memory of their parents to the Mike and Linda Saville Scholarship.
                                                                      •   Interest in entering a health-related field
                                                                      • GPA of 3.2 or above
                                                                      • Financial need
                                                                      • Application here.

                                                                        Schleif Family (Six @ $1,100)

                                                                        Six scholarships established by Gil Schleif, former KSD Superintendent--three in the name of Patricia Eddy (daughter of Gil/Ruth Schleif) and three in the name of his wife Ruth.

                                                                        • Open criteria
                                                                        • Application here.

                                                                        Schloss, Betty ($500)

                                                                        Established by family and friends at Butler Acres Elementary in memory of her years of teaching in Kelso School District.
                                                                        •  Pursuit of degree in education
                                                                        • Application here.

                                                                        Schroeder, Emmett ($1,200)

                                                                        Established by the family and friends in memory of “Mutt” Schroeder, teacher, coach, administrator and friend of the Kelso community.
                                                                        •   Must be an athlete of a local family
                                                                        • High academic achievement, excellent citizenship and exhibit hard work and a seriousness of purpose
                                                                        • Application here.

                                                                        Skerbeck Family (Two at $1000 each)

                                                                        Established by the Skerbeck family honoring Carrie Skerbeck’s special memories of Kelso school years.
                                                                        •   Financial need
                                                                        • Good GPA
                                                                        • Recommendation from a school representative
                                                                        • Application here.

                                                                          Stover, Chuck (Class of ’37) (Four @ $2,000)

                                                                          Established by the estate of Chuck Stover, an advocate of the KPSF and Kelso High scholarships.
                                                                          • Open criteria
                                                                          • Application here.

                                                                          Vandecar Family ($600)

                                                                          Established by the Vandecar family in 2014 in memory of their parents.
                                                                          •   GPA of 3.0 or above and determined to further education
                                                                          • Personal letter of educational goals
                                                                          • Application here.

                                                                          Walworth, Frieda/Wallace ($500)

                                                                          Established by the Wallace staff and continued by the Walworth family in memory of Frieda Walworth, a Wallace school volunteer.
                                                                          • Attended Wallace Elementary
                                                                          • Application here.

                                                                          Zmrhal, Randy and Linda ($500)

                                                                          Established in 2014 by Randy and Linda Zmrhal to honor a student graduating from Kelso High School.
                                                                          •   Interest in studying computer information systems/computer science in a college of business or engineering
                                                                          • GPA of 3.1 or above
                                                                          • Financial need
                                                                          • Qualities of integrity, initiative and leadership as indicated by activities and recommendations
                                                                          • Preference given to a Rose Valley student
                                                                          • Application here.

                                                                                Kelso Community 2017-18 Scholarships

                                                                                Kelso High School facilitates the scholarship process for our generous community donors.  These scholarship applications will be available here as we receive the information.  For more information, see Ms. Albin in the counseling center.

                                                                                Scholarship Name
                                                                                *Updated as received
                                                                                Altrusa International- for LCC Technical Education
                                                                                 Students enrolling at LCC during the 2018-19 school year in a 2 year technical program for a specific trade, manufacturing, or industry field are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship.  The application is here.
                                                                                 Altrusa International
                                                                                 $1400 for students attending LCC for the 2018-19 school year.  Award may be renewable upt to three years.  The application is here.
                                                                                Recipients of the Kelso Public Schools Foundation and the Kelso Community Scholarships will be recognized at our Scholarship Night on Wednesday, June 6 @ 6:30pm in the KHS South Gym.

                                                                                2017-18 Miscellaneous Scholarship Links

                                                                                Below are links to other scholarship opportunities that are local, statewide, and nationwide.  Kelso High School is not responsible for these scholarship applications- any questions should be directed to the organization listed below.

                                                                                Scholarship Name
                                                                                 Deadline *updated as received
                                                                                Quest Bridge
                                                                                  The Quest Bridge National College Match connect outstanding low income high school seniors with full four-year scholarship.  Need to be in the top 5-10%, score 1240 (SAT) and 28 (ACT).  Apply online at
                                                                                 AES Engineering
                                                                                 AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.  Visit to learn more.
                                                                                 Elks National Most Valuable Student Scholarship
                                                                                 The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships.  This scholarship contest is open to any high shcool senior who is a US Citizen.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Apply online at
                                                                                 Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship
                                                                                 Scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2000, $5000, or $10000 to an area high school senior.  Students must register and select a nominator at the links listed on
                                                                                 Register by 12/6/17
                                                                                Submit by 12/13/17
                                                                                 Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation
                                                                                 The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarship will be available Oct. 1st.  Students can register to be notified when they open.  More informaiton and application can be found at
                                                                                 Horatio Alger Association
                                                                                 The Horatio Alger Association offers National, State, Career & Technical, and miscellaneous targeted scholarships.  See for more information.
                                                                                 Washington State School Retirees' Association Scholarship
                                                                                 Scholarships available for a 3.0GPA senior interested in a career in education: teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologis.  The applicaiton is available at Forms must be mailed directly to the representative listed on the website.
                                                                                 Ready Set Grad!
                                                                                 Provides multiple links to scholarships and Washington State Financial Aid Programs at
                                                                                 Careers that Work!
                                                                                  The Careers That Work! scholarship program provides tuition assistance for high school graduates pursuing education at participating private career colleges. The scholarship program makes available five $1000 tuition scholarships to all public and private high schools in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. For more information go to
                                                                                See your counselor
                                                                                 Fastweb is an online search engine that accesses national scholarships.  Visit for more information.
                                                                                 FREE scholarship matching site for Washington State high school students.  You must create an account here.
                                                                                 Animation Career Review
                                                                                 $1000 for a student pursuing an animation related degree in college.  More information can be found here.
                                                                                 Fashion Schools
                                                                                 $1000 for a student pursuing a fashion degree in college.  More information here.
                                                                                 Online MBA Report
                                                                                 $1000 for a student pursuing a business degree.  More information at
                                                                                 Better Business Bureau- Students of Integrity Scholarship
                                                                                 $10,000 to a student with a 3.0 GPA planning to attend trade school, community college, or 4-year college.  To apply, fill out the application and create a 90 second YouTube video that meets criteria.  All information is at
                                                                                 10 Scholarship programs for class of 2018 students.  Links to the applications can be found at
                                                                                 AED Superstore
                                                                                 $1000 College Scholarship for students that submit an essay or video about Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Automated External Defribrillators.  Information can be found at this link.
                                                                                 College Success Foundation
                                                                                 Multiple Scholarships including:
                                                                                • Governor's Scholarship- students in foster care
                                                                                • Leadership 1000- 2.75 GPA or higher
                                                                                • Washington Opportunity Scholarship- STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
                                                                                Applications at:
                                                                                 Jan-Feb 2018
                                                                                 NAVPA Scholarship
                                                                                 For veterans or dependents of veterans/service members.  Apply at
                                                                                 Jan 2018
                                                                                 Point Foundation
                                                                                 LGBTQ persons enrolling at a 4-year college for Fall 2018.  Apply at
                                                                                 Jan 2018
                                                                                 PRIDE Foundation
                                                                                LGBTQ persons or allies living in Washington.  Apply at 
                                                                                 Jan 2018
                                                                                 ACT Student Champion Award
                                                                                 $500 to a student who has overcome challenges, has clear educational goals, scored higher than a 22 on the ACT, and has a 3.0 or higher GPA.  Apply at 
                                                                                 Points Scholarship
                                                                                 Ten $10,000 awards are available to US legal residents that will enroll in college in the United States.  To apply, click here.
                                                                                 Stephen J. Brady "Stop Hunger" Scholarships
                                                                                 Five $5,000 awards to students that have demonstrated ongoing committment to their community by volunteering their time to impact hunger.  Applications can be found here.
                                                                                 AXA Achievement Scholarships
                                                                                 Fifty Two $25,000 Awards to a US legal resident who plans on attending two or four year college full-time in the fall.  Applications are here.
                                                                                 Easton/NFAA Scholarship Program
                                                                                 Five $5,000 awards available to high school seniors applying for full time admission at a two or four year college, or technical school.  Apply here.
                                                                                 Harris Poll Scholarship
                                                                                 (1) $1,000 Award to a US legal resident over the age of 13.  Applications can be found here.
                                                                                 VIP Scholarship
                                                                                 (1) $5,000 Award for students that complete entries prior to 11:59pm on the deadline.  More information can be found here.
                                                                                 Union Plus Scholarship
                                                                                 (100) $4,000 Awards for children of a union member.  For mor details and application, click here.
                                                                                 $2,500 Award in addition to scholarship search tools can be found here.
                                                                                 Association of Computer Professionals in Education
                                                                                 $2,000 scholarships for Oregon and Washington high school seniors who have been actively involved in technology programs at their high school.  Students should also be purusing a technology related career.  Online applications can be found at