List of Scholarships
The Skagit Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of merit and need based scholarships each year to eligible students. The following list gives general scholarship criteria for eligibility, however other rules may apply.
Unless otherwise indicated, scholarships are to support study at Skagit Valley College.
Scholarship List by Area of Focus
ART • MUSIC • THEATRE • HUMANITIES
Guy Anderson and Deryl Walls Art Scholarship – Awarded to full-time students majoring in the visual arts or music.
Solevig Atterberry Memorial Scholarship – Full-time student studying in Business and Drama/Music or Business or Drama/Music with a 3.2 GPA.
Nick and Treva Carter Memorial Scholarship – Full-time students in the SVC Music program who show academic promise.
Sidney H. Clark Memorial Scholarship – SVC returning sophomore majoring in one of the Humanities. Full-time enrollment and 3.0 minimum GPA.
Dakota Art Scholarship – Awarded to full or part-time Art major/creative field student that is passionate and committed to art. Minimum 2.0 GPA.
Stan Faaberg Music Scholarship – Graduating Sedro-Wooley high school music program senior that plans to attend SVC full or part-time on the Mount Vernon Campus. Student must be seeking a degree in Fine Arts or Music. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Wallie and Mary Ann Funk Scholarship – Full-time students preparing to teach in the Humanities.
Jesus Guillen Scholarship – Merit and need-based scholarship for SVC students majoring in Art, with priority given to students who are politically active in diversity issues, especially those that include farm workers.
Dr. George Hodson Memorial Scholarship – Dr. Hodson was the first official president of SVC. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore majoring in Liberal Arts, preference given to fine arts including: Drama, Music, Art and Speech.
B. Hamilton McDearmid Music Scholarship – Students must contact the SVC Music Department Chair for an audition and/or interview to apply for this scholarship. Please bring your SVC Foundation Scholarship Application and essay with you.
Dave Mumford Technical Theatre Scholarship – SVC students who are graduates of Skagit, Island, or Whatcom Counties who have expressed a desire to further their study in technical theatre.
Anne Richards Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore majoring in Art.
Teri Silva Scholarship – Full or part-time students who are pursuing a degree in the Arts, preference for students who are passionate about ceramics.
ATHLETIC • LEADERSHIP
Achievement Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who is active in student government, athletics, or has exhibited leadership and creativity during their freshman year at SVC.
Brandon Koetje Scholarship – Awarded to a SVC athlete who has shown leadership in athletics at Skagit Valley College.
Melvin and Oscar Peterson/Henry Tenneson Scholarship – Full-time SVC students involved and demonstrating leadership in co-curricular activities, minimum 2.0 GPA. Priority consideration given to student with demonstrated financial need and students who have graduated from a Skagit County high school.
Nick Whiton Memorial Tennis Scholarship – Awarded to a SVC tennis team member, full-time Mount Vernon Campus student, with a 3.0 minimum GPA.The student should best emulate the academics, character, athleticism and sportsmanship of Nick Whiton.
BUSINESS • OFFICE TECHNOLOGY
Betty J. Anderson Memorial Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore majoring in Office Administration and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Solevig Atterberry Memorial Scholarship – Full-time student studying in Business and Drama/Music or Business or Drama/Music with a 3.2 GPA.
Cascade Mall Scholarship – Students majoring in Business Management Training, Fashion Merchandising, or Retailing.
Alice and Harold Kenney Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a returning sophomore who plans to continue a baccalaureate degree in either Business or Economics.
Don Nulle Accounting Scholarship – SVC transfer or professional-technical student majoring in Accounting.
Rucilla’s Scholarship – Full-time student in the Office Administration & Accounting Technology program at the Mount Vernon Campus.
Ken Thiessen Memorial Scholarship – Returning sophomore, deserving student, that has strived for achievement in academics (minimum 3.0 GPA,) athletics, and/or student body involvement. Must have graduated from a high school in Skagit, San Juan, or Island County. Priority Consideration given to students studying Business.
Mollie McBey, Elsie Duncan & Donald J. McBey Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore planning to continue studies in English or Math for teaching at the elementary school level.
C. Harry and Anne Williams Scholarship – Business, Science or Engineering majors who will be returning to SVC for their sophomore year.
Doug Rowell Memorial Scholarship – Full-time SVC students on the Mount Vernon campus enrolled in either Automotive or Business fields of study. Students are required (and must maintain) a 3.0 GPA.
CULINARY ARTS • HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
Max and Pauline Dale Scholarship – Food service students who demonstrate outstanding merit and promise in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management field.
Don Finsen Culinary Arts Scholarship – Awarded to a second year student attending the SVC Culinary Arts program.
Hayes Family Scholarship – Culinary Arts majors at SVC.
Jennie Wright Memorial – SVC students pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts.
EDUCATION • BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE • HUMAN SERVICES
Percy and Gladys Burns Scholarship –Graduating sophomores who are continuing their studies at a four-year school in the field of Education. Must be a graduate of a Skagit County high school.
Dan & Linda Carter Friends & Family Scholarship – Awarded to students enrolled full-time on the Whidbey Island Campus and pursing study in the area of Accounting, Education, or Nursing. Preference given to sophomore students who are older returning students.
Everett and Elmyra Dalton Scholarship – Students majoring in Human Services, with special consideration for those who intend to specialize in geriatric care.
Faith, Chaiomhe, Malerie, Griego Scholarship – Mount Vernon Campus, full or part-time freshman seeking a degree or certificate for Early Childhood Education. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Human Services Foundation Scholarships – Students majoring in Human Services.
Joan Nourse Martin Early Childhood Education Scholarship – SVC students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Wade and Fran Schroeder Scholarship – Awarded to graduates of SVC who are pursuing a baccalaureate, masters, doctorate or teaching certificate with the goal of becoming a qualified and trained professional educator. Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Joseph T. Zygmanski Scholarship – SVC student in the Behavioral Science field, with financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
ENGLISH • JOURNALISM • COMMUNICATIONS
Susan Scripps Wood and Leighton Wood – SVC students pursuing a degree in Journalism.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES • AGRICULTURE
Charles “Chuck” Carroll Memorial Scholarship – Returning sophomore SVC student, with a minimum 3.00 GPA, pursing studies in Environmental Conservation or Forestry.
J. George King Scholarship – Students pursuing Agricultural studies at SVC.
Helen Larm Agricultural Scholarship – SVC students preparing for a career in Agriculture.
Bangston Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to full-time Whidbey Island students pursing a technical degree. Minimum 2.5 GPA.
Brian Alan Benike Scholarship – Hispanic male SVC student between the ages of 17 and 25, pursuing a transfer or technical degree.
Dr. Ian Black Scholarship – Full-time SVC sophomore with financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
James P. & Mabel Bishop Scholarship – Any student enrolled at SVC.
F. W. Buhrman Scholarship – Skagit County residents pursuing academic or vocational training at SVC.
The Jerry and Kathy Clark Memorial Scholarship – The Jerry and Kathy Clark Memorial Scholarship was created to support students at Skagit Valley College. This scholarship will provide a fitting legacy for Jerry and Kathy who highly valued education and assisting those with financial need. Students may be enrolled in any area program of study at SVC, minimum 2.0 GPA.
Ruth and Wallace Crawford Memorial Scholarship –Returning SVC sophomores who have graduated from Sedro-Woolley or Concrete High Schools, or who reside in Concrete, Sedro Woolley, or Eastern Skagit County (Upper Skagit area).
Ralph R. Crum Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a graduating senior enrolled at Concrete High School who plans to attend SVC full-time, student must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to full-time SVC degree seeking student that is a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association; a Veteran, an Active Duty Service Member, or an immediate family member of the CVMA; or a Veteran. Minimum GPA 2.5.
Jack and Micki Deierlein Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore planning to transfer to a four-year school. Must be 35 years or older with a minimum 3.20 GPA.
“DREAMers” Scholarship – Awarded to full or part-time Mount Vernon campus student, any field of study, good standing academically and has financial need and self-identifies as a “DREAMer”.
Ruth Elfstrom-Riggles Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore who demonstrates good academic performance, continued educational goals, good leadership and citizenship, and financial need.
First Generation Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomore year who is a first-generation college student. Completion of 30 college-level credits at SVC with a minimum 3.0 GPA. or higher and demonstrated financial need. Priority will be given to Skagit County residents and students not eligible for federal grant programs.
Dr. James and Fran Ford Scholarship – Older students returning to, or beginning, college studies who demonstrate financial need.
Leo H. Guggemos Scholarship – SVC students with financial need and academic promise.
Debra and Bruce Lisser Scholarship – Awarded to students completing two years of study at SVC with a 3.0 GPA or higher and plan to continue their studies at Washington State University. Financial need and promise in chosen field will be considered in the selection.
Miriam, Murial & Lloyd Ivey – Full-time SVC students who demonstrate financial need.
Guru Nanak Scholarship – Dr. Farhana Loonat launched the Guru Nanak Scholarship in 2017. The scholarship aims to support students of South Asian/Indian/Desi origin in their studies at Skagit Valley College and/or upon their transfer to a four-year college/university. Applicant may be enrolled in any field of study and can be full or part time. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.
Mount Vernon Rotary Lyle Poolman Memorial Scholarship – Graduate of Mount Vernon High School who displays strong academic achievement and community service.
Mac and Linda MacGregor Scholarship – Awarded to full or part-time students showing strong academic achievement in their pursuit of a degree at SVC. Minimum 2.0 GPA in all classes.
Shayla K. Martin Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to degree seeking full-time sophomore SVC student with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
William and Kathleen Massey Scholarship – Full-time SVC students who are Whidbey Island residents and have strong academic potential. Additional criteria for specific scholarship awards.
William E. Mowrer Scholarship – Skagit County accredited high school students who are self-supporting and plan to attend SVC full-time in pursuit of a traditional baccalaureate degree
Nagatani Family Endowed Scholarship – Full-time SVC students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Must present evidence of academic potential and financial need.
The Denise Noble and Beverly Erickson Scholarship – SVC students who demonstrate financial need.
North Whidbey Island Sunrise Rotary Club Scholarships – Numerous annual awards to North Whidbey residents attending SVC Oak Harbor Campus based on a variety of criteria; including academic excellence, financial need, military and community service.
- Sunrise Rotary Community Service Scholarship
- Rotarian Sandra Jeane Crank-Mulkey Scholarship
- Walter and Violet E. Denny Scholarship
- Rotarian Dorothy Neil Scholarship
- Rotarian Jeffrey Pleet Scholarship
- Sunrise Rotary President’s Scholarship
- Rotarian Edgar Samelson Scholarship
- Captain Roy Seth Scholarship
- Jacob Solin Scholarship
- Fallen Friends Scholarship
Carlos Ordonez Memorial Scholarship – Spanish-speaking student with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Preference given to a nominated Champion of Diversity.
Dr. A. J. Osterman Memorial – Awarded to graduating sophomores with at least a 3.0 GPA who will continue at a four-year school.
Helen C. Platt Scholarship – Provides financial assistance for books to deserving SVC students.
Dave Quall Champions Scholarship – Awarded to a Mount Vernon high School Champion of Diversity nominee that is entering or currently attends SVC.
Benjamin M. Root Memorial Scholarship – SVC full-time sophomore from Anacortes who demonstrates financial need and strong academic achievement.
Alberta Schulz Scholarship – Full-time students who have completed 30+ college-level credits at SVC with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Second Chance Scholarship – Full-time student who has been incarcerated (jail or prison) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Settlemyer Family Scholarship – SVC Sophomore students with a minimum 2.8 GPA who are pursuing either a transfer or vocational degree.
Sidney and Fosma Rood Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to full-time students at SVC.
Skagit Valley College President’s Scholarship – High School graduate from Skagit, San Juan or Island County. Students must be participating in high school and/or community activities. High School GPA of 3.25 or higher.
SVC San Juan Center Scholarship – Washington State and San Juan County resident attending classes at SVC San Juan Center with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Must be enrolled in two or more academic classes within a degree-seeking program and have continued educational goals.
Clarence and Eileen Summers Scholarship – Students who are attending or have attended SVC, who hold a 3.0 GPA or higher, and who are majoring in theological, philosophy, or medical related fields of study.
Whidbey Island Bank/SVC Golf Classic Scholarship – Sophomore returning to SVC Whidbey Campus or South Whidbey Center with a minimum 3.25 GPA and financial need.
Whidbey Island Campus Student Government Scholarship – Awarded to Whidbey Island Campus students who show not only academic achievement, but also service and leadership in the community.
Wilbur/Ivey Scholarship – Assists students who are Swinomish Tribal members. If no tribal candidates, then may be awarded to students who have experienced financial need, and/or interested in pursuing multicultural studies.
Women’s Study Club of San Juan Island Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to transfer degree students who are graduates of Friday Harbor High School and who have completed one year of study at SVC with a 2.8 GPA or higher. Merit and need-based consideration.
Esther Woodford Taylor Scholarship – For graduates of Anacortes High School pursuing a transfer degree at SVC. If funds remain, then graduates from any high school in Skagit County. Academic performance and need will be considered.
Katherine V. Cowles Scholarship – Awarded to nursing students attending the Whidbey Island Campus.
Robert E. Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship – Sophomore nursing student on the Mount Vernon campus with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority given to students planning to work in Geriatric Nursing.
Leah Hawkinson Nursing Scholarship – Freshman or sophomore RN Nursing student who is the first generation in their family to attend college, and who is an advocate for Community Health.
Thomas Horn Scholarship – Tuition award for full-time students in the Nursing field who are Whatcom County residents. Academic merit and financial need considered.
Lina A. Jacobson Ryan Nursing Scholarship – Awarded to SVC student who has completed at least one year of nursing prerequisites and is returning for their sophomore year of study with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Dr. Maynard & Selma Johnson Medical Fund – SVC students who are majoring in the health care field.
Bojan M. Kuure Nursing Scholarship – Awarded to a SVC second year student in the Nursing Program. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Vonda Lynne Polinkus Memorial Scholarship – Mount Vernon campus SVC student who has completed at least one year of nursing prerequisites and is returning for sophomore year with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Joe Reeves Memorial Scholarship – Mount Vernon returning sophomore nursing students who have exhibited good academic performance and leadership, and who have shown qualities that will make them successful in the field of Nursing.
Harry & Myra Roller Memorial Nursing Scholarship – SVC Nursing student returning for sophomore year.
Skagit Area Blood Donors Council – Returning sophomores majoring in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Biology, or Nursing.
Regency on Whidbey Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to nursing student on the Whidbey Campus. The applicant should exhibit a strong academic standing, financial need and a commitment to quality nursing with a long range goal of service to geriatric patients.
WhidbeyHealth Auxiliary Committee, Charlotte Dowler Memorial Scholarship – Full-time or part-time sophomore student, resident of Whidbey Island for the past three years, pursuing a career in the health care profession, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
WhidbeyHealth Auxiliary Committee, Wilma Patrick Memorial Scholarship – Full-time or part-time sophomore student, resident of Whidbey Island for the past three years, pursuing a career in the health care profession, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
Joseph and Anneliese Zauchner Nursing Scholarship – Awarded to SVC Nursing students.
SCIENCE • MATH • ENGINEERING • COMPUTER SCIENCE
Martin Brown Biology Scholarship – Awarded to an outstanding Biology 221 and 222 student on the Mount Vernon Campus. Created by Dr. James & Jane Monroe in memory of Martin Brown.
Cascade Natural Gas-MDU Resources Foundation – SVC Sophomore majoring in Energy and related disciplines that align with MDU Resources (CNG) core business focus: Engineering, Environmental Studies, Land Management, Business, Economics, Finance, Computer Science or Technology, or Human Resources. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Kevin Collins Memorial Scholarship – SVC Sophomores pursuing Engineering studies and who plan to continue their education at a 4-year institution in Washington State. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Harold & Nelle Creel Scholarship – SVC sophomore in the field of Applied Science. Minimum 2.5 GPA, financial need.
Robert & Ann Dursch Sciences Scholarship – SVC Students majoring in Life Sciences, Engineering or Math who exhibit academic excellence.
Ferguson Foundation Scholarship – Students must be majoring and pursuing a career in Science, Math, Engineering or Computer Science. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Students need to have completed at least 20 college-level credits and be employed at least 20 hours per week while attending SVC.
Sydney S. McIntyre, Jr. Skagit Valley College Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to outstanding students graduating from SVC and continuing to a four-year public Washington State College or University to major in engineering or the pure sciences. This scholarship pays tuition, books, and a living stipend for the Junior and Senior years of study.
Richard and Jean Nowadnick Life Sciences Scholarship – Freshman returning for sophomore year majoring in Life Sciences.
Irene Schumaker Scholarship – Full-time SVC students in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.
Shell Puget Sound Refinery Opportunity for Excellence STEM Scholarship – Awarded to diverse students with demonstrated financial need studying in the following SVC programs: Associate in Biology Degree, and Associate in Science Degree (Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics/Engineering, and Computer Science).
William D. Werner Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to SVC students majoring in Science or Engineering fields. Scholastic record, financial need and career goals will be considered.
Harry and Anne Williams Scholarship – Business, Science or Engineering majors who will be returning to SVC for their sophomore year
VOCATIONAL • TECHNICAL
Anacortes Public Library Foundation Maritime Scholarship – Awarded to students planning on studying in the Marine Maintenance Technology Program. Minimum GPA 2.0. First priority will be given to graduates of Skagit, Island or San Juan County High Schools, then to residents of Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties and then to residents of Whatcom, Snohomish, Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Must be a Washington State resident.
Carter Friends & Family Scholarship – Awarded to students enrolled full-time on the Whidbey Island Campus and pursing study in the area of Accounting, Education, or Nursing. Preference given to sophomore students who are older returning students.
Mark Arno Casey Memorial Scholarship – The Mark Arno Casey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student studying in the Marine Technology or Composites programs at SVC. Preference given for demonstrated leadership qualities as well as passion and commitment to a career path in Marine Technology or Composites. Preference given to a student entering or in their second-year. Scholarship selection can be merit or need based.
William Dayton Scholarship – Awarded to SVC students pursuing a career in the marine trades who have completed the first two quarters of the SVC Marine Maintenance Technology program with a 3.0 GPA or better.
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship – Awarded to SVC students seeking a CNC Machining Certificate.
John Hollenbeck Scholarship – Awarded to SVC students in the Automotive Technology or Diesel Technology Program.
Marine Technology Scholarship – SVC Marine Maintenance Technology students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. First priority will be given to residents of Anacortes, Oak Harbor, and La Conner. Financial need may be a consideration.
Alice and Monty Niles Memorial Scholarship – SVC sophomore in the welding, diesel, mechanics, nursing or office technology programs. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Gustavo Ramos Scholarship – Awarded to Mount Vernon Campus Spanish-speaking students studying in a First Responders program.
Doug Rowell Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a SVC student on the Mount Vernon campus enrolled full-time in either Automotive or Business fields of study. Students are required (and must maintain) a 2.5 GPA if Automotive, and 3.0 GPA if in Business.
Irene Schumaker Vocational Scholarship – Full-time SVC Vocational Education students in good academic standing.
Settlemyer Family Scholarship – Returning SVC sophomores with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Students may be pursuing a Transfer or Vocational Degree.
Shell Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to SVC students pursuing a Welding degree or certificate, priority given to diverse students with demonstrated financial need. Consideration will also be given to students seeking a degree in Biology and Science.
Matthew Charles Stevens Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to full or part-time SVC students with a minimum of 2.0 GPA or higher pursuing a degree in Welding, Marine Technology or Math. First priority will be given to students pursuing Welding.
John Underwood Scholarship – Students whose plans include vocational studies such as: Welding, Office Technology, Medical Billing & Coding, Electrical, or Construction.
The George W. Wallace Accounting Scholarship – The George W. Wallace Accounting Scholarship will support SVC students who have graduated from Burlington-Edison High School, studying in the field of Business Management (Associate of Business MRP/DTA degree) with the intent of transferring to a 4-year college/university to pursue a career as an Accountant. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
WOMEN’S PROGRAMS SCHOLARSHIPS
Theresa Babcock Women’s Scholarship – Student who has shown concern for, and promoted, women’s programs.
Sharon Cole – Waldschmidt Scholarship – Awarded to SVC sophomore students who have completed the Life Transitions program.
John and Violet Denny Scholarship – Awarded to a full-time SVC student who has completed the Life Transitions program.
P.E.O. Chapter GB Scholarship – Recognizes and awards women who are seeking to further their education in order to reach their life goals. Full or part-time students,minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrated financial need.
Endowed named scholarships may be established at SVC with a minimum of $10,000 donations. The intent of an endowed scholarship is to allow the fund to grow and to award the interest only from the Endowment, usually on an annual basis. This will ensure the fund will remain its original principal balance while assisting students with their educational and financial needs.