Soroptimist International of Olympic Rain Forest now taking applications for scholarship programs

  • Fri Feb 12th, 2021 11:39am
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Deadline April 15

Each year Soroptimist International of Olympic Rain Forest (SIORF) oversees three scholarship programs on the West End: the Diane Demorest Memorial Scholarship and the Soroptimist International of Olympic Rain Forest Scholarships (both funded by SIORF) and the Roger W. Hull Family Scholarships (funded by the Hull Family Foundation through United Way and managed for Forks by SIORF). The contact for these scholarships is Susan Trettevik, SIORF Scholarship Committee Chair. She can be reached at [email protected] or 360-374-5728. Applications are to be mailed to SIORF, PO Box 502, Forks, WA 98331 or emailed to Susan at the email address above. SIORF looks forward to reviewing this year’s applications. All application are due to SIORF by April 15, 2021.

The Demorest Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Diane Demorest, a loved nurse in the Forks community who died of breast cancer at age 43. Diane grew up in Forks and worked as a nurse’s aide at Forks Community Hospital. 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 at the Olympic Correction Center. She was a caring medical provider who went above and beyond the call of duty. She volunteered with a variety of organizations in Forks, including being a long-time member and past president of SIORF and a past president.

Any West End graduating high school senior or individual who currently has strong ties to the West End and who has been accepted into a nursing program or training in a medical field may apply for the Demorest Scholarship. Applications will be sent to Quillayute Valley School District, Cape Flattery School Districts, Quillayute Tribal School, Peninsula College nursing program, Forks Community Hospital and associated clinics, and the Quileute Tribal Clinic.

SIORF Scholarships: The vision of Soroptimist International is to provide women and girls around the world with the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. SIORF helps support this vision on the West End through giving annual scholarships to graduating senior girls from the West End, including Forks, LaPush, Clallam Bay and Neah Bay. Applications have been sent to the high school counselors in each of these communities for distribution. Applicants must be accepted to a college, technical school, or trade school for the 2021-2022 academic year to qualify.

The Roger W. Hull Scholarship is provided by the Hull Family Foundation through United Way. The Hulls operated Peninsula Telecom, the telephone company in Forks for many years. SIORF manages the application and selection process for this scholarship in Forks. Applications will be provided to high school counselors in the Quillayute Valley School District and the Quileute Tribal School. The funds available fluctuate each year based on investment returns earned by the Foundation. In 2020, Hull scholarships given to Forks community graduates totaled $10,350.

Graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and who have been accepted at a college, technical school, or trade school for 2021-2022 academic year are eligible to apply for a first-year scholarship. In addition, past Forks graduates of any age who have strong ties to the West End but have not yet completed a post-secondary education or who seek enhanced job skills training, and have been accepted into a school or training program, may also apply.

If you wish to apply but are unable to find a copy of these scholarship applications at one of the locations indicated above, email or call Susan Trettevik to request a copy.