SIORF now accepting scholarship applications

Roger W. Hull Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 Roger W. Hull Scholarships are now available. Forks High school 2019 graduates and/or any Forks student who has graduated in 2019 with a minimum 3.0 GPA and is pursuing postsecondary education may be eligible for this scholarship.

In addition, any past FHS graduate who was a recipient of Roger W. Hull Scholarship may be eligible for a 2nd year renewal scholarship. Contact Diane Edwards 360-374-6490 or 360-640-3186 ( for more information. Scholarship applications are available at Forks High School and Peninsula College. Applications due April 15.

Diane Demorest Scholarship

Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest (SIORF) is now accepting applications for the Diane Demorest Scholarship. Anyone with ties to the West End of Clallam County and who has been accepted into a medical field or nursing program (prerequisites must have been met)is eligible to apply. Diane Demorest was only 45 when she died of cancer, but her legacy lives through this annual scholarship named in her honor and sponsored by Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest (SIORF).

Diane grew up in Forks and worked as a nurse’s aide at Forks Community Hospital before beginning her 25-year career in medicine. She graduated from the Peninsula College Nursing Program in 1977 and was later sponsored by Forks Community Hospital to complete Nurse Practitioner training in Oregon.

Until her illness, she worked as a family nurse practitioner in Forks, Clallam Bay, LaPush, and Olympic Correction Center. She was a caring medical provider who went above and beyond the call of duty; she was also an exceptional friend and volunteer. Diane was a member of many service organizations including Friends of Forks Animals and West End Hospice. Notably, she was a long time member and served as past president of SIORF.

She was dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls here in the West End and throughout the world. After her death, SIORF established the annual scholarship in loving memory of Diane and has awarded thousands of dollars to local students who are pursuing a degree in nursing or a medical field.

Applications can be picked up at Peninsula College Forks Branch or at Forks Community Hospital Nurses station and are due April 15 and should be mailed to SIORF, P.O. Box 502, Forks, WA 98331.

Soroptimist Scholarships

Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rain Forest is offering three scholarships of $1,000 each this year.

1) 1—$1,000 to any female high school graduate with strong ties to Clallam County’s West End.

2) 2 —$1,000 scholarships to any female high school graduate who previously received a SIORF scholarship and who is in their second or third year at a college/technical school.

Scholarship applications are available at the counselor’s office at FHS or at Second Chances Boutique and should be mailed to SIORF, P.O. Box 502, Forks, WA 98331 by April 15.