Community Scholarship Awards Celebration, May 29, 2018




UPDATE–May 30, 2018–Thanks to all who attended. It was a great, celebratory event!

Be inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of high school seniors who are receiving scholarships to help fund their future education! Join us for our our annual community scholarship awards ceremony, hosted with our partners Kent Area PTSA, Rotary Club of Kent, Kent Sunrise Rotary Club and Denali Federal Credit Union.

Tuesday, May 29
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
10020 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA 98030

Free event – open to students, families, teachers, mentors, community members and members of the media.


Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise to Offer 4 Scholarships in 2018

This year the Rotary Club of Kent Sunrise is offering four  Vocational Scholarships of $1,000 each to 2018 high school graduates attending a vocational school.

To apply for the scholarship, please download the application form, complete it and the reference forms and submit them to Marge Williams via email or by mail to 13539 SE 250th St., Kent, WA 98042. Questions? Call 253-630-7000.

Deadline for applications: April 6, 2018.

Support Art Docents at Be Artful, March 9, 2018

Support art docents in area elementary schools at Be Artful.Join us on March 9, 2018 for Be Artful, an annual fundraiser designed to support art docents in area schools. The event is hosted by Green River College’s Interurban Center for the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing local elementary school age children with arts education through the dedication and help of member art docents.

Be Artful
March 9, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Green River College Lindbloom Student Center
GRC’s Main Campus in Auburn
12401 SE 240th St., Auburn, WA 98092

Tickets are $25 for individual tickets or $40 for a pair.

Guests can participate in two distinctive cultural art activities. Purchase tickets early and plan to arrive on time to get started on these exciting projects! The evening will also feature Music by Root 5, a local Americana band playing contemporary music; a unique mix of alt-country, folk, honkytonk, bluegrass and rock. There will also be a chance to bid on some great items through the silent auction while enjoying signature bites. Guests must be 21 or older.

For more more information, visit the Green River College Foundation online.

Have questions? Contact Monica Tolas, program coordinator, at 253-833-9111 ext. 2735 or via email.

2018 Scholarship Applications: Deadline March 15, 2018

We are excited to kick off 2018 with college scholarships, available to Kent area students going to colleges or universities in the fall of 2018.

This year we are offering nine different scholarship types, each with their own qualifications and most with due dates of March 15, 2018. Scholarships available this year include:

Bob Armstrong Scholarship (due May 15)

Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (due March 15)

Covington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (due March 15)

Friends of Kent-Meridian Scholarship (due March 15)

Johnson-Stoddard-Osness Family Scholarship (due March 15)

Linda Ruby Scholarship (due March 15)

Rob Osborne Scholarship (due March 15)

Richard and Ina Balash Scholarship (due March 15)

Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation Scholarship (due March 15)

Click on the individual scholarships above to view application criteria. Have questions? Please call us at 360-920-1737 (KCF president Dana Neuts) or 206-786-1546 (KCF vice president Brenda Farwell), or email us at


Volunteers wanted!

The Kent Community Foundation is growing, and we need volunteers to help support our work. Time commitment and skills needed vary based on the specific assignment. If you are looking to help one time with an event or to to join us on a more regular basis, we’d love to have your help.

Here are a few of our current needs:

— Board of Directors (one- to three-year terms, monthly meetings plus committee assignments)

— Grants chair (minimal time commitment, February – April)

— Kent Has Talent year (10 to 15-hour commitment, July-October)

— Scholarship Awards Event chair (8-10 hour commitment, March-May)

— Scholarship chair (5 to 10-hour commitment, February-May)

— Scholarship committee member (4 to 8-hour commitment, February-May)

— Outreach chair for marketing, communications and events (varies, year-long commitment)

— Investment and Financial Committee (varies, year-long commitment)

— Advisory Committee (8-10 hours per year; quarterly meetings)

If you are interested in any of these positions, or learning more about the Kent Community Foundation, contact president Dana Neuts or vice-president Brenda Farwell.

Foundation participates in Beyond High School College & Career Fair

Last week Kent Community Foundation participated in the Kent School District’s annual ‘Beyond High School’ college and career fair. This year’s event was hosted by Kentridge High School. Dozens of colleges, universities, employers and vendors like the foundation were on hand to meet parents and students and to share information about post-high school opportunities. Picture here are Kent Community Foundation board member Susan Bagrationoff (left) and Marge Williams (right) who shared information about our scholarship programs.


2017 ‘Kent Has Talent’ Winners

This Saturday, more than 100 community members, leaders and performers attended the 2nd Annual Kent Has Talent, hosted by Kent Community Foundation and presented by Denali Federal Credit Union. Emceed by KISS FM’s Bender, the night was full of music, dance, poetry and singing. The winners for the night were:

Adult: Katie Jones
Teen: Dalamari Holman (she won in 2016 too!)
Youth: Dre’moni Watts
Grand: Alix Chappell (pictured below)
Audience Choice: Sanaina Kaur Dhaliwal and Jasmin Kaur Bains

Proceeds for the event benefit the Kent Community Foundation in its work to strengthen and support the community through partnerships and philanthropy. A big thanks to Dee Klem for coordinating the event, Tonya Goodwille of Allegro Performing Arts Academy for coordinating the talent, volunteers and sponsors for making the evening possible.

Photo courtesy of Width Photography