CC Foundation boasts record year


It was another record-setting year for the Centralia College Foundation, which raised more than $651,000 during its 2016-17 fundraising campaign that ended June 30.

More than $523,000 in scholarships will be formally awarded to 319 Centralia College students at Scholarship Night at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Corbet Theatre on the college campus. This is an increase from last year, which was also a record-setting year.

Several new scholarships will be awarded this year. These include specialized scholarships for students planning to enter bachelor’s degree programs, scholarships for veterans, and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Matching Scholarship, which supports chamber members and their employees in taking business-related classes.

In addition to student scholarships, donations to the Centralia College Foundation also support:

  • Educational program expenses
  • Special projects (Capstone Projects)
  • Faculty and staff awards
    • Exceptional Faculty – Connie Smejkal and Jeff McQuarrie
    • Hanke Faculty Achievement – Jake Conrad and Kelly Erickson
    • Hanke Staff Mini-grants – Amanda Pittman, Renae Z’berg, Kelli Bloomstrom, Marla Miller, Cliff Frederickson, Tracy Dahl, Debbie Filley, Joan Rogerson, Janet Reaume, and Dianne McGuinn

“We are thrilled at the level of participation we receive from the community for students at Centralia College. The amount of support we receive reflects the importance of education right here in Lewis County,” said Centralia College Foundation President Christine Fossett.

The foundation hopes to keep this momentum going well into the future. Recognizing a growing need for scholarships, the foundation board has set a goal of increasing foundation assets to $25 million by 2025. This will align with the college’s 100th birthday.

Fossett added that Centralia College Foundation donors are able to direct 100 percent of their donation to the area of their choice.

If you would like more information on how you can invest in the future of Lewis County by supporting education, contact the Centralia College Foundation office at 360-623-8942 or at

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