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Richland Education Foundation


2016-2017 Grant Winners

We would like to congratulate the following 2016-2017 Grant Winners!:

Walt Hampton, Music Teacher and Director of Steel Drums & Marimbas, White Bluffs:  Received $2606.40 to purchase Alto Marimbas to be used as part of the musice curriculum and for the after school marimba program.

Pat Lee, Science & Robotic Club, Lewis & Clark:  Received $1483.98 to purchase 3 LEGO Mindstorm EV3's to be used to introduce children to robotic programming, engineering design principles and foster creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

Peggy Wade, Math Teacher, Chief Joseph Middle School:  Received $495.81 to purchase 4 Easel, Whiteboards/Flip Charts to be used by the math intervention students to demonstrate, debate and critique their work. 

How to apply for grants

Educational grants are given once a year to teachers, schools and other district representatives. Applications are due by January 31st.  You can download the Grant Application Guidelines (PDF Link Below) or the document can be obtained from every school in the Richland School District, the Administration Office or by contacting REF Administrator Denise Hohimer at: REFfoundation@gmail.com

The Richland Education Foundation will hold its 23rd Annual Scholar Scramble on Friday June 23rd, 1:00 pm, at the Horn Rapids Golf Course.  Over 95% of the funds raised support scholarships for graduating seniors and educational grants for innovative programs in math, science, technology and reading.  Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded over $241,836 in grants to support Richland teachers and students.  For more information click the below Scramble Flier link or contact Denise Hohimer at REFfoundation@gmail.com.


About Us

Since 1993, the Richland Education Foundation has been helping bridge the gap between available public funding and the increased need for innovative educational programs. Thanks to the contributions of many community businesses and individuals, we are able to continue to make a significant educational impact and provide opportunities for personal growth for the students of the Richland School District. Over 95% of the funds raised go directly to funding the educational grants we award to the educators within the school district.

Richland Education Foundation
P O Box 1759
Richland, WA 99352

Phone - (509) 967-5185

Email - REFfoundation@gmail.com

Supporting Projects That State Funds Don't

Realizing that state education funds are barely covering the essential materials, the Richland Education Foundation has been lending a hand. Through grants from the Foundation, teachers, schools and other district representatives receive funding to create new, innovative ways to motivate students. Each year, the number of grant requests increase. Since 1993-94, our program has channeled over $210,000 in grants to support Richland schools.

The Richland Education Foundation is more ambitious for its future. To continue to make contributions to improved educational opportunities for years to come, the Foundation must have an adequate financial base.

To safely give a tax detuctable donation, click on the PayPal Donate button below, or mail your donation to P.O. Box 1759, Richland, WA  99352.

Your donations are appreciated!

Mission and Goals

The Richland Education Foundation's mission is: to improve the overall quality of education and the learning environment through enhanced community financial support for public education. The Foundation has four goals:

  1. To serve as one vehicle for the positive development of students.
  2. To facilitate efforts to better access support from the community and other private sources.
  3. To advance educational endeavors of the School District through donations to supplement the district's revenues.
  4. To build confidence in public education.

Dr. Richard Semler Superintendent's Scholarship

In 2008, the Richland Education Foundation established the Dr. Richard Semler Superintendent’s Scholarship. The endowed scholarship was established with donations from the Richland Education Foundation and community members totaling $25,000. The Richland Education Foundation manages the endowment according to its investment guidelines. Dr. Semler requested the scholarship be awarded to a Richland School District senior who shows leadership potential and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in math, science or the arts (visual or performing). Application forms can be obtained from your school counselor or by e-mailing a request to REFfoundation@gmail.com.

George and Esther Alkire Math and Science Memorial Scholarship

In 2006, the Richland Education Foundation established the George and Esther Alkire Math and Science Memorial Scholarship at Richland High School. The endowed scholarship was established with a gift of $25,000 from the estate of George and Esther Alkire. The Richland Education Foundation manages the endowment according to its investment guidelines. The annual scholarship of $1,000 or 50% of investment earnings, whichever is greater, is awarded to a graduating Richland High School Senior who plans on majoring in math or science at an accredited four year university. George and Esther believed in the value of education and especially urged young people to pursue math and science as a rewarding life. All three of their sons graduated from Richland High School. George spent his career as a nuclear chemist with the Hanford Project and Esther was a math teacher.