Thank you, scholarship evaluators!

Each year, the Kent Community Foundation awards at least 14 scholarships, drawing dozens of applications from students in the Kent School District area. (Students who are homeschooled or attending private school are also eligible.) It takes a village to thoroughly review each scholarship application and select the recipients for each academic year. We have a team of volunteers who are passionate about education to help us do that.

Each scholarship has its own scholarship review committee, led by a committee chair. Now that this scholarship season is behind us, we want to take a moment to thank the dozens of scholarship evaluators who helped select this year’s winners.


Audrey Rose Sells Scholarship

Carolyn Tolas (chair)
Alan Sells
Heidi Dearborn

Diego Moreno Scholarship

Kim Walley (chair)
Lizzie Lee
Shelly Moreno

Alejandra Moreno

Gary Carpenter Scholarship

Brenda Farwell (chair)
Vicki Nelson
Jordan Straughan
Gary Allen
Carolyn Tolas

Gail Gese Memorial Scholarship

Cathy Wahlin (chair)
Erika Hanson
Leigh-Ann Lunde

Jan Louise Quitoriano

Brenda Farwell (chair)
David Radford
Betsy Schelien
Lester Quitoriana

Jim McGinnis Scholarship

Lori Paxton (chair)
Dana Ralph
Elisa Aguayo Munoz
Deborah Drake

Johnson/Stoddard/Osness Scholarship

Dee Klem (chair)
Jim Osness
Sara Novion
Christine Sellers

“With all of the negative things that are on the news and going on in the world, being a scholarship evaluator gives me a great deal of hope for the future of our young people. I am always in awe of the amazing things the students are accomplishing, the goals they are setting, and the contributions they want to make. Doing this is special to me as I started doing so with my father-in-law at his request. He is no longer able to be an evaluator, so I am doing it in his honor.”
~ Christine Sellers

Christine Sellers

Kent Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Lori Paxton (chair)
Zenovia Harris
Kent Chamber Intern

Linda Ruby Scholarship

Lori Paxton (chair)
Earle Ruby
Jen Wu
Jill Hoepfinger

Mike Simmons Scholarship

Dee Klem (chair)
Christine Simmons
JP Frame
Wade Barringer

Pat Butler Scholarship

Jordan Straughan (chair)
Ted Butler
Kim Walley
Carolyn Tolas

Richard and Ina Balash (RIB) Scholarship

Cathy Wahlin (chair)
Ina Balash
Jessica Hall
Dana Neuts

Ron Osborne Scholarship

Dee Klem (chair)
Ron Ness
Lisa Kelly

Thunderbird Community Sports Foundation

Brenda Farwell (chair)
Steve Klem
Han Kirkland


Kent Area PTSA

Jenny Shaw
Jennifer Richie
Joel Shaw

Kent Schools Foundation – Emiko Craig

Allyson Johnson
Corine LaVerne
Vivian Kauth

Rotary Club Sunrise Kent

Tray Svenson
Dave Mitchell

Rotary Club of Kent

Kim Walley
Jordan Straughan

Andy Carter

Hilary Okrant-Grilley

Jeff Arnold

Julie Shott

Valley Girls & Guys

Tina McDonough