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Foundation Bulletins

Upcoming Meeting

Friday, May 4, and Friday, May 11

10:00 am

RSD Administration Building, 615 Snow Avenue

Join the board - serve students

Do you want to help make sure RSD students and teachers have enough resources to be successful? If so, you should consider serving on the board of the Richland Education Foundation.

Through grants from the Foundation, teachers receive funding to create innovative instructional programs. Since 1993-94, the Foundation has awarded over $241,000 in grants to support Richland schools. For more info, call 528-9102 or REFfoundation@gmail.com

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.

How to Support

There are several ways to contribute to the Richland Education Foundation:

  • Sponsoring or playing in the annual "Scholar Scramble Golf Tournament"
  • Volunteering your time as a board member
  • Contributing as an individual
  • Directing your United Way contribution to the Foundation
  • Establish or contribute to Scholarship Funds

The Richland Education Foundation is a 501-C-3 non-profit foundation chartered by the State Of Washington. You may designate through the United Way and also deduct your contribution.

Board Members

Julie Funfar, President; Galt Pettett, Vice-President; Pam Kindle, Treasurer; Pam Kindle, Allocations Chair; Denise Hohimer, Foundation Manager/Secretary; Mary Gies-Ex-Officio, Investment Manager, Gies Investors & Estate Services; Mary Guay, School Board Liaison


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


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. 

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