Scholarship Program

2012 Recipients: Andrew Clarke of Ellensburg High School and Nathan Sorenson of Kittitas High School
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Two young men with a long history of involvement in agriculture and plans to make their career in ag were selected as recipients for this year’s Grange Scholarship. Andrew Clarke helps his parents Terry and CL with their beef operation and has his own herd as well. Nathan Sorensen grew up  helping out on his family’s farm in Badger Pocket. We invited Andrew and Nathan to join us at our August 10 meeting at the Grange for cake and coffee and the opportunity for members to meet these fine young men and learn more about their future plans in the field of agriculture.

Andrew Clarke, 2012 scholarship winner

Andrew Clark, Ellensburg High School (left), awarded by Scholarship Chair Sally Gililand

Nathan Sorenson, 2012 scholarship winner

Nathan Sorenson, Kittitas High School (right), with parents Ron and Shaun Sorenson.

Eligibility & Application

scholarshipThe Swauk-Teanaway Grange will award $1,000 in scholarship money in 2013. To be eligible, you must be a high school senior graduating in Kittitas County. Our points of consideration are:

  • An agricultural background or history of participation in agricultural activities or plans to pursue a career in an ag-related field.
  • History of Grange membership by applicants, family members or guardians. If possible, please provide documentation with your application.
  • Community and school involvement.
  • Grade point average–to be verified with transcript.
  • If Running Start student, include CWU transcript.

Previous Recipients:

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2009 Scholarship recipient Travis Matthews accepts award from Barb Sowers.

2009: Travis Matthews, the 2009 Ellensburg High School graduate was chosen to receive our $1,000 Scholarship Award, became a member of our Grange in July. Travis, whose family live in Thorp and who have a long history of Grange members, is currently pursuing a John Deere Technology Degree at Walla Walla Community College. We are proud to count Travis as a member of our Grange and wish him well in his studies!

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2010 Scholarship recipients Amber Strand and Molly Jo Ballard. Pictured, left to right: Jack and June Hendrickson, Molly Jo Ballard, Amber Strand and Scholarship Committee Chair, Sally Gililand

2010: Recipients of our Grange’s 2010 Scholarship were honored and spoke about their plans for the future. Amber Strand will study Accounting this fall at Central Washington University in her home-town of Ellensburg. She will also study German and Japanese with an eye to international business accounting. Her mom and dad, Linda and Victor, farm land on Manastash Road and Victor is a 21 year member of our Grange. Molly Jo Ballard’s family farm land neighbors the Grange Hall. Her great grandparents, Robert and Minnie Ballard, deeded the land to a one room school, and then to the Swauk Teanaway Grange after schools were consolidated in Cle Elum. The Grange Hall was the site of her father, Greg Ballard’s, funeral on April 29th of this year. Mom Lisa and younger son Miles will continue on the farm as Molly Jo heads to classes at Bellevue Community College this fall. Molly Jo’s ultimate desire is to return to the farm.

NOTE: 2009 Scholarship recipient Travis Matthews sent an update of his experiences at Walla Walla
Community College and on the job at Liberty Farm & Lawn. We are so proud of this fine young man!

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2011 Scholarship recipient Amanda Anderson, pictured receiving award from Claire Lucke.

2011: This year’s Scholarship Committee, chaired by Sally Gililand, selected Amanda Anderson, a senior at Cle Elum/Roslyn High School, to receive our 2011 Scholarship. Amanda will use this $1,000 scholarship at Central Washington University when she starts their Merchandising Marketing Program this fall. She already has completed 12 college credits through the Cornerstone College program during her senior year. Amanda has a long list of accomplishments in high school. In addition to being senior class treasurer and boasting a 3.794 overall GPA, she served as cheerleader for three years, lettered in golf her senior year, and belonged to Amnesty International, the National Honor Society, Key Club, FCCLA, and the Ignite Mentor Program. Recently she created 75 activity kits for sick children at Seattle Children’s Hospital to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. She has also volunteered at HopeSource. The Scholarship Committee was impressed with her application letter that stated, “I intend to excel and make the world a better place through my pursuit of a higher education. I want to make a difference in the world through my abilities to help others.” Amanda is the daughter of Dave and Carol Anderson and has two younger brothers.

2014 Scholarship Applications now being accepted

Complete all sections of the application. Forms must be received by our committee no later than March 15, 2014. These include your application form, letter, and transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Finalists may be interviewed before a final selection of the winner is made. Please do not submit a resume instead of filling in all sections of the application form.

2014 Scholarship Application

When complete, mail Application Materials To:

Swauk-Teanaway Grange Scholarship Committee
c/o Sally Gililand, Chair of Committee
PO Box 813
South Cle Elum, WA 98943-0813