Storyteller Series: The John & Jeanette Steinmacher Scholarship
The Columbia Basin Foundation was built on the kindness of those who make this community such a great place to live. The stories behind every fund that we manage directly and every grant recipient we are so honored to support make that abundantly clear. And that is why we have created a regular storyteller series here on the CBF Blog. We hope to share the kindness and compassion of those who have created these funds and organizations to help our communities thrive. This is the story behind the John and Jeanette Steinmacher Scholarship.
Both John and Jeanette Steinmacher received their college degrees in civil engineering and were proud to be a part of the Columbia Basin Project, a water distribution program they helped engineer. Both big supporters of post-secondary education, with a strong desire to afford others the same opportunities, they decided to create a scholarship fund to help students pursue their dreams of a college education.
The scholarship is open to students from Ephrata and Soap Lake High Schools, with priority given to those interested in pursuing a degree in music, engineering, or mathematics, or those who choose a teaching degree in one of those three fields. Students who receive the scholarship as a high school senior may reapply every year, and will receive the scholarship the remaining three years of college as long as they remain in school full-time and in good standing with the college they are attending.
The 2017 scholarship season deadline was February 28, 2017. Applications for the next scholarship season will be accepted beginning January 1, 2018.
Anyone may choose to donate to any fund managed by Columbia Basin Foundation and support the charities or causes that are important to them. Please contact Executive Director Donn Cook for more information on how you can support your favorite charity in perpetuity or make a difference in the lives of local youth. What do you want your story to be?