Fife High School Scholarship Foundation...Expanding Access to High Education for Fife School District Seniors!

APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 GRADS NOW CLOSED
Applications have time date stamp when submitted - any applications received after April 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm will not be eligible.


Fife High School Scholarship Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities. 

Below listed please find additional details about available scholarships*.  

 It is important to review details of each Scholarship opportunity, as some require additional 

documents such as letters of reference or a separate essay.

*All scholarships may not be listed and scholarship listed may not be available every year.  

Applicants who make application by the deadline will be considered for those scholarships which they indicated 

during the application process and for which scholarship funds are available. 

Only students receiving their diploma from Fife High School may apply and be considered. 

Only applicants enrolling in credited classes at an accredited institution will be considered for available scholarships.


CLASS OF 2017 - Scholarship Opportunities Now Closed






GENERAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS 


Fife High School Scholarship Foundation Community Scholarship

Award Amount Varies 

Number of Awards Varies

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School. 
  • Applicants may plan to attend a 2 or 4 year university/college, technical/vocational school, or other accredited school for career training.

NAMED  SCHOLARSHIPS 


Marvin P Belknap Memorial Scholarship of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Award Amount $2,000 (Annual Award of $1,000, renewable for up to 2 years)

Number of Awards 1


The Marvin P. Belknap Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 in memory of Marvin Belknap, who served as Fife High School principal from 1945 to 1970. He was tough but fair and much admired by both teachers and students. He attended all the school events, games, and dances. In the 1960s, Marvin established the divisions for the Washington State high school sports leagues (by school size) and worked to get them accepted by the school associations across the state.


Marvin P Belknap served as principal of Fife High School for 25 years and was a founding member of the Fife High School Scholarship Foundation.  During Marvin Belknaps reign a new shop, agriculture and music wing were built as well as a new grandstand and gymnasium.  Marvin Belknap helped organize the Seamount League and served as its first president.  He also promoted the amendment, which changed the classification of high schools from the "A" and "B" system to a four-class system. Of the Fife/Milton community, Belknap says: "It is closer knit than most, and because the school is the community center, school events get a great deal of attention." Mr. Belknap gave a "Trojan head" wood carved plaque to the school as a token of his appreciation for his years at Fife High School. This plaque now hangs in the reception area of the office complex.

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants may plan to attend a 2 or 4 year university/college, technical/vocational school, or other accredited school for career training.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Chuck Brown Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $500

Number of Awards 1

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.  
  • Applicants must plan on attending a vocational/technical school.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who plan to study auto repair, auto body, diesel/machinery or welding.

Sydnee Cummings Art Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $500

Number of Awards 1


The Sydnee Cummings Art Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011, in memory of Sydnee Cummings, a 2010 Graduate of Fife High School. Sydnee had a passion for art, in particular graphic design.  In addition to her love of visual art, Sydnee participated in other art forms including ballet and music.  Sydnee was also active in volleyball and FBLA. Sydnee was full of life with a gracious and giving heart and was loyal and supportive of her family and friends.  These scholarships were established to honor Sydnee and the things she loved in life.

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School. 
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. 
  • Applicants must plan on majoring in graphic design and/or web design and/or photography.  

Edgewood-Fife-Milton Kiwanis Scholarship

Minimum Award $500

Number of Awards 1


The Edgewood - Fife - Milton Kiwanis Club is the combination of two clubs that have served the local area for over 40 years each. The club serves the cities of Edgewood, Fife, and Milton, Washington and the children in the Puyallup and Fife Schools Districts. The club sponsors a Key Club at Fife High School and a Cub Scout Pack 64. Our club members assist with community functions and financial assistance to two local food banks, local youth sports, and provides scholarships to each of the local high schools. The club provides assistance to local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas and provides financial assistance to the Milton VFW War Memorial.  The club also donates to local cancer walks and other local community fundraisers on occasion

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.  
  • Applicants must be a resident of the Edgewood, Fife or Milton area.  
  • Applicants must plan on attending a technical college or community college with a program of study related to fields in Career & Technical Education 
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or better.  

Edgewood-Fife-Milton Kiwanis - John Binns Memorial Scholarship and Carl L. Petersen Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $500

Number of Awards 2


The Edgewood - Fife - Milton Kiwanis Club is the combination of two clubs that have served the local area for over 40 years each. The club serves the cities of Edgewood, Fife, and Milton, Washington and the children in the Puyallup and Fife Schools Districts. The club sponsors a Key Club at Fife High School and a Cub Scout Pack 64. Our club members assist with community functions and financial assistance to two local food banks, local youth sports, and provides scholarships to each of the local high schools. The club provides assistance to local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas and provides financial assistance to the Milton VFW War Memorial.  The club also donates to local cancer walks and other local community fundraisers on occasion

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School and be a member of FHS Key Club.  
  • Applicants must also include a 1-2 page essay cover
    • Number of years you have participated in Key Club
    • Leadership roles that you have taken in Key Club
    • Activities related to Key Club in which you have participated
    • Description of how you believe you have made a difference being a part of Key Club
    • Your plans to continue community service in the future

Fife Booster Club Scholarship

Minimum Award $500

Number of Awards TBD


The Fife Booster Club was established in 1976 and is comprised of action-oriented parents and administrator that volunteer their time and who work together to support the outstanding student body at Fife High School.  The goal of the Booster Club is to promote and support  a variety of groups and activities at Fife High School. 

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are active in community and school activities.

Fife Education Association Scholarship

Minimum Award $750

Number of Awards 2

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must intend on majoring in Education or an Education related field.

Fife 4 Life Scholarship 

Sponsored by Fife District Parent Groups

Minimum Award $1,200

Number of Awards 1


The parent groups of the Fife School District have joined the Scholarship Foundation in creating the Fife for Life Scholarship.  

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicants must be active in local community service.
  • Applicants must also include:
    • Typed essay defining what "Fife For Life" means to you, no more than one page in length

Fife Lions Club Scholarship and Fife Lions Club Joe Felice Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $600

Number of Awards 1


The Fife Lions Club sponsors several fundraising events through out the year to help sustain service projects in Fife and around the world.  Projects include Children Peace Poster Contests, Senior Yard Clean Up, Building Wheelchair Ramps and providing funding to our local food bank, as well as other services as needed.  Fife Lions shares with its worldwide membership the core belief: Community is what we make it!

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good attendance, citizenship and service to others.

Frank Gustafson Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 1


This scholarship was established by Frank Gustafson, who was the founder of the Fife High School Scholarship Foundation. Frank was a teacher and counselor at Fife High School for many years before his retirement in 1978. His love of education and the community of Fife is at the heart of this scholarship, and his commitment is amplified through his daughter and son-in-law who together taught nearly  70 years in the district. Frank’s three children, and two grandchildren are also proud graduates of FHS, and whole-heartedly support this assistance to an aspiring student

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.  
  • Applicants must plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college or university.

Kay Kaiser Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 1


Kay Kaiser was a Fife High School physical education teacher and advisor to the GAA (Girl’s Athletic Association) from 1956 to 1968.  She served as President of the Fife Education Association and was active on the Puyallup Recreation Board where she worked diligently to have the first town swimming pool built. Kay was a first generation American who was raised by a single mother from Croatia.  She was an outstanding athlete excelling in tennis and softball in high school and college.  She was the first in her family to graduate from college (Bachelors from the University of Oregon & Masters from Washington State University).  Kay stressed to her students and children the importance of higher education, the incorporation of enjoyable physical activities, and the need to have a healthy lifestyle.  Her younger daughter Karen is a teacher in Portland, OR who has a doctorate in education focusing on family literacy, and her older daughter Julia is a veterinarian in New Jersey. When Kay retired from teaching she helped her husband, Duane, manage their Green Branch Ranch Christmas tree farm.  She also supported her husband when he served as a Representative in the Washington State Legislature.
  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that:
    • Have high academics
    • Are student athletes
    • Have demonstrated service to the community
    • Plan to attend Washington State University

Arthur Knodel Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 1


A Fife resident since 1955, Judge Knodel was a passionate advocate of higher education. He was raised on a farm in North Dakota then moved to Washington in 1944.  After serving his country during WWII he used the GI Bill and hard work to earn a law degree from the University of Washington. He wrote the documents to incorporate the City of Fife. He practiced law and simultaneously served as the Municipal Court Judge of Fife from 1950 to 1979. From 1979 to 1985, he was a Pierce County District Court Judge. His four children attended Fife schools and graduated from college. Judge Knodel always appreciated the quality of education provided by the Fife School District.

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from 9th - 12th grade.
  • Applicants must demonstrate service to community and/or school.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a 4 year College degree.
  • Applicants must include two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders

Victor L. Lyon and Elise W. Lyon Fund of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundaiton

Minimum Award $1,450

Number of Awards 1

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants may plan to attend a 2 or 4 year university/college, technical/vocational school, or other accredited school for career training.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must have exhibited good citizenship and a strong desire to continue their education to be a positive influence in the community.

John McCrossin Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 2


John McCrossin was a well loved member of the Fife School District where he served many positions; Coach, Teacher, Athletic Director, Dean, Vice Principal, Principal, Director and Superintendent of Fife Public Schools. John had a passion for his family, students, teachers, parents and friends. As a mentor and sport enthusiast, he was greatly respected in the education world. His wife Connie and their two sons, Kyle and Kevin, established the Scholarship in honor of John and the many lives he touched.

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicant must be a Fife High School student athlete that has participated in a minimum of one varsity sport and completed the season.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated leadership or leadership potential in an activity or club during their time at Fife High School.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.

Kaz and Eleanor Nakamura Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $2,000

Number of Awards 1


Kaz (Class of 1947) and Eleanor (Class of 1953) Nakamura were both well-known and well respected members of the Fife community, avid supporters of the Fife School District and touched many lives during both or their lifetimes.  Both were involved in various organizations while their three boys were attending Fife Schools, including but not limited to Cub Scouts, PTA, Booster Clubs, Scholarship Foundation, etc.  In addition, both attended many, many football, basketball and baseball games that the boys participated in during their Fife School sports careers along with many other school related functions. The Kaz and Eleanor Nakamura Scholarship was established by their three sons, Brad (Class of 1977), Kim (Class of 1979) and Todd (Class of 1980) to honor their parents.  

  • Applicants must be a senior graduation from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from 9th - 12th grade.
  • Applicants must have participated in sports programs or other extracurricular programs during high school.
  • Applicants must have completed community service activities during high school.
  • Applicants must also include:
    • One page typed paper defining what "family" means to you.
    •  Written recommendation from Principal or other representative of FHS AND one from another person of their choice(Letters should include why student is deserving of award)                    

Novotney Family Scholarship

Minimum Award $750

Number of Awards 1

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who plan study Education at Central Washington University or Engineering at Washington State University.

Bob Oquist Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 1


Robert Oquist was a teacher at Fife High School during the 1950's, 60's and 70's. He was also the Newspaper, Chess Club and Class advisor.  Mr. Oquist and his journalism students won many awards for their production of "The Trumpet".  Mr. Oquist loved chess, during his 30 years at Fife High School he tutored hundreds of students on the fine art of chess.  

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.

Helen Rozenski-Brown and William Salamone Memorial Scholarship

Minimum Award $1,000

Number of Awards 1

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.
  • Applicants must have an interest in Special Education or have been influenced by Special Education.

 

 
APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 GRADS will NOW CLOSED
Applications have time date stamp when submitted - any applications received after April 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm will not be eligible.
 
 

Fife High School Scholarship Foundation ~ P.O. Box 1270 ~ Milton, WA  98354