Thanks to You...
Another Great School Year
Thank you so much for being part of our Foundation family again this year.
The Foundation is so proud of the accomplishments of our students, who have excelled in Robotics, Rocketry, Choir, Band, Community Service, and more with opportunities supported by our donors. We are grateful for your participation in supporting these programs and in our successful community events, including Education Connections, Spring for Schools, and many more.
From all of your Foundation Trustees and staff, thank YOU.
There is still time
Help Us Reach Our Goal
Our goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of the school year to meet our funding commitment for the PreK-12 Computer Science Initiative. We have $3,000 left to raise for our $10,000 match from The Dean Witter Foundation.
Innovative programs like After School Robotics and Rocketry are teaching skills our kids need to flourish in the 21st century. The After School Robotics program has been wildly popular and is available only by lottery. With your support, additional students can participate.
Thanks to support from the Foundation, teachers are also receiving training on how to integrate computer science into their curriculum. We need your help to make this goal. The kids would love your support.
Honoring Our Foundation Ambassadors
Bellevue Schools Foundation Ambassadors are the passionate voice of the Foundation in our school communities. They play a crucial role in our communication with the schools and PTSA. The Foundation relies on many volunteers throughout the year, and we so appreciate the time and dedication our Ambassadors give on behalf of the Foundation.
If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Ambassador, please call Carmen at 425-456-4075.
Our Newest Honor Roll Realtor David Croppi
Please join us in welcoming our newest Salutatorian-level donor, David Croppi, business partner to long-time supporter, Jason Cook, of Windermere. Thank you, David, for your generous support! David and Jason can be reached at SouthBellevuePartners.com.
2018-19 Carla B. Vendeland Scholarship winners
In 1987, Newport High School parent Carla Vendeland created the PTSA Knight Valor program recognizing Newport High School students who made a difference in their community through their extraordinary volunteer efforts.
Mrs. Vendeland passed away in 1994 and in her memory and in honor of her dedication to our community, the Carla B. Vendeland Scholarship was established in 1996 and is administered by the Bellevue Schools Foundation. Usually at least one student will receive a $1,000 scholarship, this year two students have been selected.
To qualify for the scholarship, students need to be a graduating senior and need to have earned the PTSA Knight Valor Award.
Nan Campbell Leadership Scholarship Recipients
The Nan Campbell Scholarship, administered by the Bellevue Schools Foundation, is awarded each year to four Sammamish High School students who embody the leadership spirit of Nan Campbell, Bellevue's first female mayor with a long and broad contribution to human services and community activism.
Following her death in 2016, longtime friend Suzy Mygatt Wakefield, established the scholarship fund to help Sammamish High school graduates advance on their education, and to inform Bellevue young people about the difference one person can make while keeping Nan's memory alive.
Suzy was so impressed with the Nan Campbell Leadership Scholarship group of applicants this year, that she funded 6 more awards! A total of 10 Sammamish High School students will be receiving $1,000 scholarships. Suzy and Bellevue Schools Foundation President John Seethoff, were at the ceremony last week to hand out awards.
Congratulations to the 2019 Nan Campbell Leadership Scholarship recipients:
Mackenzie Elizabeth Murphy
Howard Johnson Principal's Scholarship
Congratulations to Interlake Senior Lexi Martin. She received Howard Johnson Principal's Scholarship for $5000. Howard Johnson and BSF president-elect Arthur Emery were at the presentation. This scholarship goes to an Interlake High School Senior who demonstrates excellence in the study of Mathematics, Science and/or Career and Technical Education (CTE) and intends to enroll in a post-secondary institution next year with a focus in these same subjects.
Howard Johnson began his career in education by teaching high school mathematics at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas. Following several years of teaching at the high school level and additional years of study at Harvard University where he received a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education and a Doctoral degree in Educational Administration, he became the first Principal of Interlake High School in the fall of 1966.
Dr. Johnson remained as Principal of Interlake High School until 1970, at which time he took employment as a Professor of Education at the University of Washington teaching courses in secondary school curriculum and school finance. In 1982, Dr. Johnson returned to the Bellevue School District and served as the Director of Finance, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent until his retirement in 1999.