North Thurston Education Foundation Awards $153,500 in Scholarships to 38 Students

Lacey, WA – June 8, 2022 – The North Thurston Education Foundation has awarded scholarships with a total value of $153,500 to 38 graduating seniors from North Thurston Public Schools.


“We are delighted to award scholarships to 38 of our graduating NTPS seniors. Our selection process was very competitive this year due to the high quality of our student applications. These students, who spent most of their final two years of high school learning online, are articulate, strong, and resilient. It is an honor to support them as they take their next steps in life. We are thankful to our gracious donors who support the North Thurston Education Foundation Scholarship program. Due to their generosity, NTEF offered several newly named scholarships this year. We appreciate the kindness of this community and their support of our students and schools, “ said Beth Utto-Galarneau, Scholarship Chair.


Scholarships awarded range from $2,000 to $14,000. The NTEF Scholarship Committee evaluated applications on several factors, including academic achievement, school and community activities, references, quality of the required essay and financial need.


The following graduating seniors received this year’s awards:


Named Scholarships: The scholarship program includes designated named endowed scholarships and Foundation-funded scholarships.

In 2022, 18 named scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Alex Ward Memorial Scholarship – James Fowler – North Thurston

Bill Williams Memorial Scholarship – Ahna Rader – Timberline

Charles E. Callahan Education Scholarship – Parker Bird – Timberline

Colton Thorstrom Smith Scholarship – Kaelin Green – River Ridge

Lisa Corwin Memorial Scholarship – Destinee Robertson – Timberline

Davies Vocational-Technical Scholarship – Yasmine Avelar – Timberline

Frank Parker Memorial Scholarship – Bebe Simone Hart – Timberline

Friends and Family Scholarship – Kaydence Garcia (Doublerunner) – Timberline

James Koval Memorial Scholarship – Kayla Ackerson – Timberline

Jeannette Hostetter Ford Memorial Scholarship – Benito Dres – Timberline

John Gott Education Scholarship – Andi Trumbel – Timberline

Roy Pedersen Memorial Scholarship – Abigail Joseph – River Ridge

Dr. G. Sue Shannon Scholarship – Zoe Miller – River Ridge

Nicholas T. Walker Scholarship – Nicholas Waltermeyer – Timberline

Ethel & Vaughn F. Philpot Scholarship – Amy Pham – Timberline

Rahman Family Scholarship – Jeffrey Lee – North Thurston High School

Craig A. Shanafelt Scholarship – Taylor Dillon – River Ridge

Lewis R. Hawthorne & Edna C. Hawthorne Scholarships –

 Kaelynn Sharp – North Thurston

 Haley Luken – North Thurston

Prayten Mualia – Timberline

Nathan Ramos – Timberline

Foundation Scholarships: $2500 Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually. In 2022, 17 foundation scholarships were awarded to the following students:

North Thurston High School: Samantha Conner, Autumn Apelar, Vinnie Nguyen

River Ridge High School: Caroline Jenkins, Sarah Mercado, Gabriel Cohen, Alan Ly
Timberline High School: Catherine Ewers, Lindsay Crowe, Lilly Collard, Talia Clark, Olivia, Andino, Maia Ayuso-Robles, Callista Lee, Samantha Sarte, Jordan Waltermeyer, Isabella Wilbur


Nineteen of the scholarships are named after individuals in the community and funded by bequests from or donations on behalf of the persons for whom they are named. The remaining scholarships were solely financed by the Foundation’s annual fund-raising and by an unrestricted grant from the Dawkins Charitable Trust. To view a list of scholarship establishment history and details, visit:


Dorn Barr raised the bar on the NTEF Board

We’ve all met those dedicated souls who pour themselves into work, play, and family life. They raise the bar for everyone around them through their tireless efforts, inspiring others to a higher standard. On the North Thurston Education Foundation Board, Dorn Barr is one of those people. A longtime teacher in the district, she turned her passion for education into working behind the scenes but is now ready to retire from the Board and slow down…a little.

After graduating from Western in 1969, Barr worked with marketing and yearbook at Capital High School for five years, then spent 29 years at Timberline High in marketing, leadership, and health. “After retiring, I went to Ocosta Elementary in Westport with Title 9 Reading for a semester before taking off to Spain,” she explains. She then spent 2017 and 2018 with 5th grade at Lakes Elementary working for her former student, Jamie Roberts.

“I would have to say the Elementary school experiences were the best for me because I watched the growth of each child as they learned something new, and then they were able to use it,” Barr recalls. “However, my high school kiddos stay connected to me, and I love watching them as adults, and I am sad when I lose one. They are all precious to me.”

Her move from educator to Board member was an easy transition. “The year after retiring, I was invited to join the NTEF Board by Tom MacRobert, who I met at college where we both worked in the coffee shop and later both taught at Timberline.”

“I joined because I believe in community service, and what better way to give than by helping kids?” says Barr. “I began working on the Scholarship Committee and just finished my tenth time. I also was in charge of fundraising luncheons. When they need me, I am there.”

And she encourages others to step up and do what they can. “For those considering joining the Foundation, everyone is needed. You all have talents and skills which can help our kids! As a former teacher, I saw firsthand what kids need. I didn’t know the NTEF existed, so when my students needed something, I found a way to get it, even if it was out of my own pocket. I am so grateful that the Foundation has expanded their assistance for kids and families.”

Born in Maine to parents who met in England during World War II, the family moved to Seattle when her father took a job with Boeing. “Most of my relatives live in England,” says Barr, “I have been there ten times and, during extended visits, attended school there as well. My parents have both passed; however, I established a scholarship in their names.”

“My parents were avid supporters when I joined the Foundation. Now that I am completing the longest time for a member on the Board—9 1/2 years—it isn’t something you can easily walk away from! Next October, we’ve got a golf tournament at Capital City, and all hands need to be ready to help!” Her love to travel and four active grandsons mean little actual downtime, but Barr is excited for what the future holds.

If you can’t join or volunteer yourself, don’t forget that helping the Board is as simple as shopping. Both the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program and AmazonSmile allow you to donate a portion of your purchase to the NTEF. Every little bit helps, and like Dorn, you too can raise the bar for today’s hardworking students and educators.

Terri Gibbons Memorial Fund

Terri Gibbons was a paraprofessional who worked at three different North Thurston Public Schools throughout her career, most recently at Komachin Middle School.

Terri impacted thousands of students with her compassion and caring. Terri passed away on Thursday, March 3.

Terri’s friends and family requested that we set up a Terri Gibbons Memorial Fund. We will use donations to Terri’s Fund to buy clothes, food and personal hygiene items for students in need who attend North Thurston Public Schools.


Host Homes Program Update

TOGETHER! is excited to announce they are participating in a crowd-funding campaign called Give Local to raise $15,000 for Host Homes. When they meet their goal, someone will take a plunge in a DUNK TANK. The current list of potential dunkees includes TOGETHER! team members Gaby Hyre (Host Homes Director), Meagan Darrow (Executive Director), & Katherine Flynn (Board President), plus County Commissioner Carolina Mejia.

To reach their goal, they need YOUR help. Will you consider becoming a Champion? It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Visit and click the red button on
the lower right that says “Get Your Personal Share Link.”

2. Receive an email from [email protected] (check junk/spam folders & reach out if you don’t see it). Click the link, set a password, then set your goal ($ amount or number of donors.)

3. Share the campaign with friends via email, text, Facebook, Instagram or any way you like.

When: The campaign runs now – Nov. 19. Wednesdays Nov. 10 & 17 are Giving Bonus Wednesdays, meaning you could win a $100 bonus to donate to a participating organization of your choosing (like Host Homes!)

TOGETHER! Host Homes is a community-based, short-term housing response to help meet the needs of unaccompanied high school students in North Thurston and Tumwater School Districts.

Learn more here.

Save the Date: November 11! MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Save the date — Thursday, November 11th — MOD Pizza is donating 20% of takeout orders to North Thurston Education Foundation! Take a night off from cooking and join us in eating for a great cause. Please click here to register today!

MOD Pizza accepts Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders made online using the promo code GR202234N or in store mentioning North Thurston Education Foundation. You can RSVP & see all details here:


Board Member Profile: Casey Crawford, Principal at Woodland Elementary

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

I first became involved with NTEF as a citizen donor, then as a school principal who saw first-hand the generosity of NTEF and its supporters and the support provided to students in the district.

2.) How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Free Time? Well, I have two teenagers and four pets, so there is not much free time in my life right now!

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

I’d say to give! Even small contributions can help. If you hear of a student or family in the district who needs help, reach out to NTEF for support and available resources.

Thank You to Our “Because of You” Donors & Sponsors!

Thank You to the attendees and sponsors for joining us at the 19th Annual “Because of You” Fundraising Luncheon on Friday, October 15. “Because of You!” we raised over $53,000 to support low-income students in the North Thurston Public Schools.

Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to raise our program support from $110,000 in 2015 to a budget this year of $626,000 to provide food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, ASB cards, music rentals, tutoring, mental health counseling, and scholarships to name a few.

We could not do this important work for students in North Thurston Public Schools without your support!

*Photo Courtesy Clair Ferris