Richland School District

Richland Education Foundation

2015-2016 Grant Winners

We would like to congratulate the following 2015-2016 Grant Winners:

Dawn Hansen, Pre-K:  Early learning is important to help our under privliged students get the tools they need to be successful in school.   We are honored to award Ms. Hansen $750 for supplies for her Pre-School classroom.

Trevor Macduff, STEAM/STEM Teacher, Three Rivers HomeLink:  The students at Three Rivers have won the opportunity to participate in the AstroSat Challenge to develop a computer code to program a satellite to perform an experiment that they designed.  Mr. Macduff was awarded $3000 to purchase an Ardusat Classroom Launch Pack.  The pack allows the students to engage in the direct coding and design of the sensors on the Cubesat.  The materials will be used by the STEM students at Three Rivers HoemLink for the next 5 to 10 years. 


The Richland Education Foundation is interested in funding strong educational programs for Richland schools that demonstrate innovative and effective ways to meet students’ needs and increase their motivation to learn. *

In addition to the description of the proposed project, the Foundation looks for information on:

  • •How many students will benefit and the cost per student.
  • •Program & materials to be used year after year.
  • •Program & materials used in multiple schools.

Before submittal, coordinate technology pricing with Mike Leseberg, RSD Director of Information Systems,

Guidelines are available on

Grant proposals are due by January 31, 2017 and can be submitted/mailed to or PO Box 1759, Richland 99352

Anyone may apply - including students, parents, school organizations and other supporters; applicants are not restricted to teachers or school administrators.

For information contact Denise Hohimer at 509-528-9102 or at


Scholar Scramble June 17, 2016

The Richland Education Foundation will hold its 22nd Annual Scholar Scramble on Friday June 17th, 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 $237,250 in grants to support Richland teachers and students.  For more information click the below Scramble Flier link or contact Denise Hohimer at


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:

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 -

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

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.