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Minimum Award $2,000

Number of Awards 1

Kay Kaiser was a Fife High School physical education teacher and advisor to the GAA (Girl’s Athletic Association) from 1956 to 1968.  She served as President of the Fife Education Association and was active on the Puyallup Recreation Board where she worked diligently to have the first town swimming pool built. Kay was a first-generation American who was raised by a single mother from Croatia.  She was an outstanding athlete excelling in tennis and softball in high school and college.  She was the first in her family to graduate from college (Bachelors from the University of Oregon & Masters from Washington State University).  Kay stressed to her students and children the importance of higher education, the incorporation of enjoyable physical activities, and the need to have a healthy lifestyle.  Her younger daughter Karen is a teacher in Portland, OR who has a doctorate in education focusing on family literacy, and her older daughter Julia is a veterinarian in New Jersey. When Kay retired from teaching she helped her husband, Duane, manage their Green Branch Ranch Christmas tree farm.  She also supported her husband when he served as a Representative in the Washington State Legislature.

  • Applicants must be a senior graduating from Fife High School.

  • Preference will be given to applicants that:

    • Have high academics.

    • Are student athletes.

    • Have demonstrated service to the community.

    • Plan to attend Washington State University.

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