Milestone: Olympic Community View Foundation awards scholarships, grant

The Olympic View Community Foundation of Sequim announced in late May the funding of several 2022 scholarship awards to local graduating high school students and grants totaling $18,000.

Sequim Prairie Nights scholarships, which are, $1,000 vocational scholarships funded by sponsors and registrations for the annual collectors car show held each August in downtown Sequim, go to Sequim High School seniors Andres Benitez, Melanie Byrne and Cole Tierney. Benitez and Tierney will attend the Northwest Lineman School to become electrical linemen, and Byrne will study welding at Peninsula College before pursuing an engineering degree.

The foundation awarded five Mary Whitmore Memorial scholarships: Kaidence Cary of Sequim High School received $1,500; she will study veterinary technology at Yakima Valley Community College. Isaac Elliott and Cody Larsen of the Crescent School District both were awarded $1,500; Elliott will study kinesiology at Peninsula College and Larsen will study nursing at Peninsula College. From Port Angeles, Aaron Edmiston received $1,500 to attend the California Maritime Academy where he will study to become a harbor pilot, and Lisa Martin received $1,000 to study Social Work at Evergreen College.

Two $3,000 Michael Sindars Memorial scholarships were awarded to Port Angeles students: Dalton Ross will study diesel technology at Truckee Meadows Community College, and Olivia Wray will attend Peninsula College to begin a major in elementary education.

Olympic View Community Foundation also provided a $2,000 grant to Soroptimist International of Sequim for that group’s scholarship program. This funds two Continuing Education scholarships to benefit women who have completed one year of college and need support to continue their education.