Record Breaking $408,348 in Scholarships to Students

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $408,348 to 137 high school and college students from Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. It is the largest distribution of scholarship awards from the foundation to date.

The awards came from 73 scholarship funds managed by the foundation that were created by donors who are passionate about local students getting the opportunity to receive secondary education.

Scholarship criteria are varied and established by the donor. Some focus on specific subjects, schools, or geographic location, while others focus on leadership, academic achievement or progress, first generation, or those that simply need financial assistance in order to attend college or university. This year, 191 community volunteers served on selection committees that determined the final award recipients.

Junior GonzalezChelan student Junior Gonzalez received the Katie Rolfs Memorial Scholarship and plans to attend Eastern Washington University. “Growing up in a small town has given me an appreciation for community” said Gonzalez in a letter to the scholarship committee. “The scholarship you have provided me will assist me in continuing to follow my dream to study Criminal Justice.”

Many students who receive scholarships not only appreciate the financial assistance, but better understand the spirit of philanthropy and feel compelled to give back after their education career.

Holly ThorpeHolly Thorpe of Wenatchee High School received three scholarships from the foundation and plans to pursue a degree at the University of Washington. In her thank you letter to the foundation, Thorpe wrote, “My commitment to give back to the people that have given so much to me… will be the driving factor behind my pursuit of a successful college education.”

The following is a list of students who received awards, representing high schools and colleges across NCW and includes scholarship renewals:

Jonathan Abarca, Sage Abate, Emily Abbott, Michael Amsel, Alexandra Atwood, Chet Bardwell, Callie Barker, Sherry Baxter, Sydney Rae Berg, Brady Black, Austin Booker, Chase Bozett, Zachery Burchett, Alexandria Burgett, Kiera Burnett, Marco Caballero, Hannah Cain, Aaron Carroll, Alexis Castro, Kevin Celutska, Marcel Chambers, Zoe Cheeseman, Connor Christensen, Maggie Chvilicek, Mitchell Clements, Courtney Clifton, Brendan Colbert, Daniel Conner, Cheyenne Crose, Jaime Cuellar, Matthew Danielson, Kathryn Dewey, Brendali Diaz-Magana, Maddison Dietrich, Drew Dixon, Toma Donceel, Allison Drescher, Johnnie Duquay, Naomi Ellingson, Mackenzie English, Jasmine Escalera, Sarah Fletcher, Kendra Foth, Owen Fox, Erica Garcia, Wendy Garcia-Naranjo, Sydney Gavin, Junior Gonzalez, Donaji Gonzalez-Maydole, Scarlet Graham, Carson Grater, Cassidy Halle, Kailey Harris, Joseph Hausman, Kay Havlicek, McKenna Hawkins, Jennifer Henley, Guadalupe Hernandez, Ana Hernandez, Omar Hernandez, Jason Hill, Briana Hinderer, Ryan Horne, Kaycee Howell, Janaesha Iwaasa, Jared Jaeger, Laurel Jones, Kevin Kenoyer, Crash Ketcham, Carissa Kirk, Joanna Klein, Kathryn Klock, Alexandrea Landon, Marbella Leyva, Yuridia Lopez-Acevedo, Christine Lowman, Rosie Maas, Devon Machado, Micaela Meadows, Elizabeth Medina, Maria Medina, Janelle Miranda, Alyssa Moomaw, Tyler Mooney, Jabe Murphy, Randall Mutschler, Dakota Nelson, Nina Nguyen, Autumn Noyes, Krysten Ochs, Siobhan O’Conner, Tanner Odle, Kyle Parkhill, Kealani Paton, Stephen Paxton, Mackenzie Pease, Yaneli Perez, Mariano Perez, Cameron Peters, Nina Phanh, Marina Pichardo, Travis Pittman, Anayssa Pulido, Bianca Ramirez, Eduardo Ramirez, Michael Ripley, Carly Rix, Carli Robins, Matthew Robinson, Franklin Rosas, Coraima Sales, Austin Salgado, Nancy Sanchez Arroyo, Magnus Schlyer, Aaron Schramm, Kamryn Shafer, Shelby Simonson, Hunter Sloan, Elizabeth Smith, Madi Still, Arnie Techavimol, Christopher Thies, Claire Thornton, Holly Thorpe, Whitney Throgmorton, Vanessa Urquilla, Consuelo Vega, Marta Vegdahl-Crowell, Brenna Visser, Andrea Whiting, Katrina Whitman, Mikayla Wilkes, Emily Williams, Lauren Williamson, Nikole Wyles, Amalia Zapata, Jessica Zimmerman

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Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

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Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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