Scholarship established for longtime dean at Centralia College

Heitschmidt_Cristi_03Centralia College is honoring the memory of beloved dean Cristi Heitschmidt with a scholarship in her name through the Centralia College Foundation.

Cristi served as dean of the Teacher Education and Family Development Department since 2010. She oversaw the college’s associate degree programs, as well as the preschools, parenting classes, and campus childcare center. Last year, the college added a bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education, a project Cristi spearheaded and worked passionately to achieve for Lewis County students.

Prior to coming to Centralia College in 2007 (initially as a part-time teacher of parenting classes), Cristi served 15 years as a teacher and basketball coach at Rainier High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Resources from St. Olaf College and her master’s degree in Home Economics/Parent Education from the University of Minnesota.

A memorial service to celebrate Cristi’s life and legacy will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the TransAlta Commons at Centralia College. In lieu of flowers, Cristi’s family has requested donations be made to the Centralia College Foundation for a memorial scholarship. The scholarship will be used for students earning bachelor’s degrees in Teacher Education.

“Cristi loved Centralia College and committed her career to training kind, caring, compassionate teachers,” said Centralia College President Dr. Bob Mohrbacher. “There’s no better way to honor her memory than by supporting the students she loved so much.”

Donations to the memorial scholarship can be made online or checks can be mailed to the Centralia College Foundation, 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA 98531. Please note on the memo line that the donation is to the Cristi Heitschmidt scholarship.

Cristi passed away Feb. 1 after a long battle with cancer.

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