Monday, February 4, 2019

Winter: Applying For College Scholarships

Kathleen Sayce,
January 18, 2019

Below is the current list of scholarships that are offered by the Foundation. All scholarships are paid directly to the school or training program the student attends. 

Standard supporting information is required in the submission packet, including transcripts, work and life goals essays, letters of recommendation, statement of financial capacity, and a resume. A cover letter must state which scholarship you are applying for. A separate, complete packet and cover letter is required for each scholarship as the selection committee for each one is different. 

Most scholarships are for graduating seniors of Pacific County high schools. Students at Naselle High School who live in west Wahkiakum County are eligible for all scholarships applicable to Naselle HS.

The application period opens now, and closes March 31st. Decisions will be announced at gradation or an awards ceremony (whichever is the process for each high school). 

The last scholarship is for medical-studies students who graduated from Pacific or Clatsop County, and are finishing their first year in college this spring. This one has an open period from April 1st to May 31st; the decision is announced in late June for the following fall term. 

College Scholarships:
Some are in two groups, one for north county [Raymond, South Bend, Willapa Valley] 
and one for south county [Ilwaco, Naselle]. 

1. Silent Key Scholarship-STEM majors* only, north and south groups, with two awards per year, one in each group. This scholarship does not include medical studies. 
This scholarship is paid after the first term of college, with a transcript to confirm attendance. $500 per award

2. Sid Snyder Scholarship—Any major, north and south groups, with two awards per year, one in each group. 
This scholarship is paid in the first term. $500 per award
This scholarship has a special application form and requires an essay on democratic values. Contact the Foundation for a copy of this form.

The Wilson STEM Scholarship is offered to graduates of South Bend and Raymond: 
3. Wilson Scholarship for South Bend HS
4. Wilson Scholarship for Raymond HS
Both are for STEM majors* only; one award to a student at each school. 
This scholarship does not include medical studies, and is paid at the start of the first term. $5,000 per award

5. Schwartz Medical Scholarship is for medical students from any high school in Pacific County, WA and Clatsop Co, OR, for their second year of studies. This one is open for renewal every year after the first award is made, for a total of 3 years. Application is made at the end of the first year of college. 

This scholarship is for medical studies only, it is renewable; it is open to students in college who graduated from high school in Pacific or Clatsop county, after their first year in college. 
Studies may be pre-med, nursing or medical technology. $750 first award, $1,000 for each subsequent award. 
This scholarship requires a statement of prior work and interest in a medical profession, and a statement of commitment to medical area studies in addition to a college transcript, letters of recommendation and statement of financial capacity. 
No non-medical majors will be considered. 


* STEM majors include:  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If you have any question about your planned area of study and its consideration as an STEM field, contact the Foundation.

Applicable Science majors are in natural and life sciences, including Environmental Studies, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Forestry, Geology, Physics, Zoology, etc. Medical studies and social sciences are excluded. 

Technology majors include Materials Science, Architecture, Computer Science;  programming, or gaming majors are excluded. 

Engineering majors include all major areas of this field.  

Mathematics majors include all major areas of this field.  


For more information about any of these scholarships, please contact: 

South Pacific County Community Foundation— Scholarships
PO Box 75
Nahcotta WA 98637

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Current Edition of Giving Back Arrives

Have you recycled your newspapers since Christmas? If not, go look for the handy guide to local nonprofit organizations, printed by the Chinook Observer each year. 

It doesn't look like a real estate ad this year:

Inside, you will find information about many local nonprofits, including a list in the back, and featured pages for several organizations in the main section. 
I'm happy to say the Foundation is one of the featured organizations. 

Note that ads support many pages. Please support those local businesses in return!

If you have already recycled your paper, the newspaper has a few copies available in their office in Long Beach. 

Building a community of enthusiastic philanthropists is key to our mission and key to the success of this annual insert. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Grants Catalog Raises $3K for local organizations

June 12, 2018

South Pacific County Community Foundation hosted a spring Community Grants Catalog for the month of May. This grant catalog raised more than three thousand dollars for seven community grant proposals. 

These included two proposals from Peninsula Poverty Response, Food 4 Kids programs in Ocean Park and Long Beach/Ilwaco schools, Pack to School, Grass Roots Garbage Gang, and Timberland Regional Library’s summer reading program. 

Larry Shaver and Kat Shaver of OP Food 4 Kids accept a check from Todd Wiegardt, foundation president. 
The foundation will host a grants catalog again next spring, and asks that interested organizations contact the foundation ahead of time about details. Each participating organization submits a proposal to the catalog, and helps spread the word about its proposal to the community while this catalog is open, which was during May this year.  

Donations for the catalog can be made online or by mail when it is open. 

To learn more, write SPCCF at PO Box 75, Nahcotta WA 98637, email at, or call 360-665-5292. 

The foundation also maintains  named funds for several organizations, which accept donations at any time during the year. These are online at, ‘Give Now’ button, Funds tab.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Spring 2018 Grants Catalog at SPCCF

Our first Grants Catalog is open for donations. There are seven grant proposals from local and regional nonprofits. Please take the time to go look at these proposals—each one is helping meet a specific need in our community. 

This is the direct link to the Grants Catalog:
Timberland Regional Library's summer reading program last year gave a book to each child who finished, for many children, this was the first book of their own.

Q:  How do local nonprofits get their proposals included?
A:  SPCCF sends out a notice that we are accepting proposals, which those organizations fill out on line, or we complete for them. This time, we completed the requests for them. Then the foundation board reviews all the proposals and decides which ones to include.

Q:  What are the costs to each participating nonprofit?
A:  Nothing. SPCCF decided to match all expenses (credit card fees, about 2.4%) and waive our management fee (1%) for this catalog. Typical crowdfunding online costs over 10%. For this local grants catalog, a dollar donated is a dollar that will go to the participating nonprofit. 

Q:  How long will this catalog be open?
A:  It started on April 25th and will close on May 31st. 

Q:  When will nonprofits get their grants?
A:  Soon after the catalog closes, within two weeks, by mid June. 

Q:  How do I get my organization’s proposal in the next Grants Catalog?
A:  Contact SPCCF, tell us what you would like to propose, and we will help set you up for the next one. We look for proposals for specific projects within each organization, plus cost for that project.

[See your organization's logo here, next year!]

Q:  Who participated this time?
A:  These are the current participants:
Back to School Program, sponsored by Peninsula Baptist Church
Community Beach Cleanup, AKA Grassroots Garbage Gang
Food 4 Kids Programs, sponsored by Long Beach Elks and Ocean Park United Methodist Church
Peninsula Poverty Response
Timberland Regional Library

Q:  This is an online donation program, so what is the minimum donation?
A:  Five dollars ($5) is the minimum. For $35, you can donate $5 to each proposal! Give it a try: 

Last day to donate is May 31st, 2018. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

The South Pacific County Community Foundation: A Growing Philosophy of Philanthropy

Stephanie Fritts, Board Member
January 18, 2018

Joining the SPCCF Board in mid-2017 has been both a challenge and a pleasure.  I vowed after retirement at the end of December 2016, to commit to nothing for one year.  So much for that vow…. but that said, I could not pass up the opportunity to work toward improving life in South Pacific County.  It wasn’t simple to get myself “up-to-speed” on the workings and plans of the SPCCF, but after several meetings, and a board retreat, I think I’m there.  And what I’ve found is that the initial attraction that lured me to the organization is indeed the central focus of its work:  a philosophy of philanthropy.  

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse on a stormy day
in January, 2018. Lighthouses are symbols
of leadership, helping us to find our way in perilous

Yes - there are a lot of “charitable” organizations in south Pacific County.  But there is a difference between charity and philanthropy.  Most often, we are able only to relieve the symptoms (pain) of our local social problems, and that is what most charitable organizations work does.  Philanthropy, however, attempts to solve the roots causes of those social problems.  That is the mission of the South Pacific County Community Foundation:  “Demonstrate innovative leadership in philanthropy and foster a dynamic community.”   That mission is the driving factor behind SPCCF and also what led me to break that early vow and commit to a three year term on the board.  

It is my intent (and that of the board) that the dollars invested in the SPCCF will improve lives, inspire change, challenge ideas, and open minds.  I am but one of many, however I truly believe the entire board is committed in the same fashion.  

I recently read that the tradition of the ancient Greeks was that philanthropy was inseparable from moral philosophy:   Good works and giving what we can for the good of others is pretty much the whole point of being human.  I would say that I believe this to be true.  

Bottom line, it’s all about being a kinder human - speaking in a positive fashion, eliminating contempt, distrain, and disrespect from our words, attitude and outlook.  We can replace that with a philosophy of philanthropy - in our words, in our deeds, and in the bottom line, with our money.  Help SPCCF find the root causes of the problems in south Pacific County, and assist with the solutions.  

All of this leads to a consideration - there are currently a couple of open positions on the board.  Board members are expected to participate at both the meeting and the “behind the scenes” levels (I’m writing this essay on my own time….), to support the mission of the organization, and to give (as in a donation).  Are you interested in serving and joining in a philosophy of philanthropy?  Interested persons are welcome to contact a board member to ascertain if all positions are full, and to potentially accompany them to a couple of board meetings.  

Give it some serious consideration - simply a donation, or more, through both service and a donation.  You can also adopt the philosophy of philanthropy and make our community the best place it can be. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Fishing Trust Fund for our Community

By Janice Peterson, SPCCF President

Fishing is vital to our community.  The jobs provided through fishing begin with landing the catch, and include jobs at local ports and processing plants. Currently, outside conglomerates are buying up available permits and moving them to locations of their choice—locations that are often out of this area.
Financing for a young fisherman can also be a problem.  While a fisherman may  acquire a loan to purchase a boat or gear, loans are not available for licenses. Commercial fishermen must purchase a license for each type of fish they plan to catch. License costs have escalated dramatically in the past decade. A full slate of fish licenses now costs thousands of dollars per fisherman.
In late 2016, the South Pacific County Community Foundation (SPCCF) met with representatives of the Port of Ilwaco and the Columbia River Crab Fisherman’s Association to draft and ratify an agreement designed to accomplish the following goals:

To secure funds whereby fishing licenses with their attached quotas could be purchased from older fishermen, who wished to retire, and to sell or lease those permits to younger fishermen:
To ensure that licenses/permits remain in this community,
To support and encourage young fishermen, and
To keep employment/jobs in our community.

SPCCF can accept tax-deductible gifts as donations from individuals or businesses, toward the purchase of commercial fishing licenses, to the South Pacific County Fisheries Trust Fund (AKA the Fish Trust Fund). This fund was established to help local young fishermen purchase fishing licenses.  The track record of our management team is excellent. This philanthropy will benefit the entire community.
The Foundation encourages anyone who wishes to support commercial fishing, and its related employment opportunities in our community, to think about a donation to the Fish Trust Fund. Your donation to this fund keeps the Port of Ilwaco busy, supports young fishermen, and helps the Pacific Northwest continue to enjoy the seafood bounty that our fishing fleet provides. 

Join us in sustaining this vital part of our community with a donation to the South Pacific County Fisheries Trust Fund. Checks can be mailed to SPCCF, PO Box 75, Nahcotta WA 98637;  indicate that this donation goes to the ‘fish trust fund’ on the memo line. Make credit card donations to this fund online at . For information on making donations of stocks or bonds, please contact SPCCF at, or call 360-665-5292.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Effective College Scholarships

Kathleen Sayce, April 2, 2017

Not all scholarships are applied for every year when each crop of seniors graduates from high school and prepares for higher education. We talked to college counselors at several local high schools and learned that this is normal. But why? For college bound students, even a few hundred dollars helps, so we looked in more detail at why this happens, to see if there are guidelines to use when making and managing scholarships that overcome common problems. 

We learned some interesting facts about college scholarships and student behavior. Graduating seniors will often not apply if:
  1. Awards appear to be highly competitive. 
  2. Applications use unique forms or have special application requirements.
  3. Applicants have to hunt for information on what, when, and how to apply. 
  4. The amount awarded is small.
  5. The way awards are made is complex. 
  6. The area of study for the award is obscure. 

For each problem that surfaced, there is a solution that may help:

Competition:  This may be coverage, as in a large geographic area, or study area of focus, or looking for one outstanding student instead of several. If you are planning a new scholarship, think about writing the criteria to make yours seem possible to win by more students. Not every scholarship can pick from 'the best of the best' across multiple schools. Nor should it. The students who do best in life aren't the A+ group, but the B group. They learn early how to work harder, and keep doing so all the way through life. Think Honor Roll, but not Valedictorian. 

Application Forms and Requirements:  Use standard forms! Keep unique requirements to a minimum—an essay or letter. Don’t create all new forms and an all new process. 

Institutional Information about Scholarships:  Keep college counselors in local high schools informed about new and ongoing scholarships. Consider using electronic posting services. In Washington, this includes The Wash Board, a statewide site for high schools, colleges and scholarship providers. Students log in, and see relevant scholarships by geographic area and area of study—it’s much simpler than in past decades. It also gives high schools one place to see all the scholarships that each one offers. 

Clarity:  Every scholarship begins with a great idea—to help future students with higher education. Keep this in mind when you set out the goals for successful applicants. Be clear. Be concise. Be consistent. Be especially clear about what the student needs to do, after having been chosen, to apply for the funds. 

Awards:  Bigger is better. One thousand dollars ($1,000) is a good starting point. Five thousand ($5,000) is better. One year is good. Four years of awards is better. ‘Full rides’—tution, room and board, and money for books, for four full years is fantastic. Think about adding to an existing fund to increase the size of its awards rather than starting a new, and much smaller one. 

Award Timing and Process:   Does the student apply for her or his award after their first term is complete? Or after the first or second year? Clarity is important. Set out the timing to apply for the funds, and how to apply very clearly. 

Area of Study:  Don’t be too specific—your original focus of study may disappear in a few years or a decade. Cultures change. Times change. Departments change. Studies change. Be flexible looking into the future. 

Scholarships are a wonderful idea, a way to help generations of students who come after you to gain training that helps them on to successful lives as adults. Those who get help along the way, in turn will help others when the time comes. And that’s the culture we want to encourage—one where those that can help those who need, so that everyone gets by.