POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE_Join us in Presenting $117,000 in Help Us Move In Matching Grants to 5 Thurston County Service Providers!



3.13.2020 Health officials recently updated protective measures surrounding COVID-19. For the health and safety of our donors, community, and staff, North Thurston Education Foundation and Help Us Move In have postponed this event.

The North Thurston Education Foundation (NTEF) was recently awarded a matching grant from Help us Move In (HUMI). Help Us Move In is a 501c3 non-profit, established in March 2015, with a mission to help children escape homelessness by engaging communities in sustainable solutions. Their HOMELESS NO MORE Challenge Grant works with community agencies that provide services to families at risk or experiencing homelessness by offering a unique matching grant opportunity.

On March 19, you are invited to help us present the awards to local organizations North Thurston Education Foundation, ROOF, Together, Family Education Support Services and St. Mark Lutheran Church.

What: NTEF and Help Us Move In Grant Award Presentation

When: Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Lions Park 800 Wilson St. SE Olympia

For More Information: Contact Sarah Scherer 360-890-1174

CLICK HERE to view Invitation


2020 NTEF Scholarship Applications are Open Until April 17!

The North Thurston Education Foundation offers scholarships to graduating seniors to assist in financing their post-high school education.

Scholarships are awarded for those who will be attending community colleges, vocational or technical schools or colleges or universities. In addition to graduating from a North Thurston Public School, applicants must have demonstrated:

(1) The skills necessary to succeed in their chosen post-secondary school.
(2) Good citizenship and leadership qualities.
(3) A need for financial assistance to meet their educational goals.

Foundation scholarships vary in amounts awarded but the total value of each scholarship is no less than $2,000. Most scholarships are one-year grants, but some are renewable for either two or four years based on the recipient’s academic progress.

NTEF awarded 38 new and 13 renewable scholarships in 2019 valued at $135,000!
Due Date:
 Completed applications are to be submitted to the high school counseling or career centers or mailed to NTEF by April 17, 2020.

If you are interested in establishing a named scholarship, call our Executive Director, Michael Jones at 360-790-6548 or e-mail [email protected]

Board Member Profile – Janey Howell

Janey Howell | Academy Mortgage Corporation  | Loan Officer  |  NMLS # 413650

1). How did you first get involved in NTEF? 

Blake Knoblauch (NTEF Board President) is a longtime friend of mine. When he got involved in the foundation, he invited me to come to a board meeting to see if I would be interested in joining. After learning more about the Foundation and what they stand for, I became a member in August of 2017.


2). What do you enjoy doing in your spare time, (hobbies, etc.)?

I enjoy spending time with friends, traveling, cooking, working out and a little golf. I also have a wonderful daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandbabies that I love and make time to see as often as possible.


3.) How do you believe the community can best support the work of NTEF?

By donating! We want to keep serving the homeless students in the district. Awareness! We need to continually talk about the Foundation.The more people who are aware of what we do for the students and the programs we fund, such as the Learning Improvement Grants and the scholarships, the more support we will receive from our community!


Thank you so much, Janey for your dedication and commitment to students of North Thurston Public Schools! 

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Join us March 19 for the Thurston County Chamber’s Business After Hours Event!


3.13.2020 Health officials recently updated protective measures surrounding COVID-19. For the health and safety of our donors, community, and staff, North Thurston Education Foundation and the Thurston Chamber have postponed this event.

We are so pleased to be hosting the Thurston County Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours event on Thursday, March 19! Join us for an evening of food from Pellegrino’s Italian kitchen, drinks, networking, raffle prizes and more! Come and learn more about all the exciting work we’re doing at NTEF!

We look forward to seeing you there!

What: Thurston County Chamber’s Business After Hours
When: Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: North Thurston Education Foundation/Columbia Bank, 665 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Thank you to our Educators for a Successful Learning Improvement Grant Showcase!

Many thanks to the Educators of North Thurston Public Schools and to Clair Ferris for the photographs of our Learning Improvemnt Grant Showcase which took place on January 29!

The event not only included a grant showcase of what learning has been achieved through NTEF grant funds, but also information on the grant process itself. The showcase highlighted the important work NTEF does for our district – including Learning Improvement Grants, Student Assistance Grants as well as support of the McKinney Vento program and scholarships for graduating seniors.

Learning Improvement Grant Funds help teachers increase student learning tied to district and state learning goals. You have three opportunities a year to apply for grants, October 1, December 1 and March 1.