Fife High School Scholarship Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities. 

 

Below listed please find additional details about available scholarships*.  

  •  *All scholarships may not be listed and scholarship listed may not be available every year.  

  • Review details of each Scholarship, some may require additional documents.

  • Applicants who make application by the deadline will be considered for those scholarships which they indicated during the application process and for which they qualify and scholarship funds are available. 

  • Only students receiving their diploma from Fife High School may apply and be considered. 

  • Only applicants enrolling in credited classes at an accredited institution will be considered for available scholarships.

ANITA K. ACOSTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 5

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

  • Applicants must fit ONE of the following criteria

  • Pursuing an education in a legal profession, or

  • Show a serving heart through volunteering, or

  • Be adopted and/or from a single parent home

Anita was a dedicated community and Fife School District parent volunteer, someone with integrity and compassion. She was a committed mom to Alec and wife to Ron. Anita brought her incredible talent of organization to each team she worked with and dedicated countless hours to the parent groups and Discovery, Endeavour, and Surprise Lake.  Anita helped each organization navigate to successful walk-a-thons, book fairs and bingo nights. Anita's positivity was infectious, and her legacy of service will continue for years to come.

MARVIN P BELKNAP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP  of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

MINIMUM AWARD $4,000 ($1,000/Year for 4 Years)

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Applicants must plan to attend an accredited vocational school or two- or four-year college

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need

The Marvin P. Belknap Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 in memory of Marvin Belknap, who served as Fife High School principal from 1945 to 1970. He was tough but fair and much admired by both teachers and students. He attended all the school events, games, and dances. In the 1960s, Marvin established the divisions for the Washington State high school sports leagues (by school size) and worked to get them accepted by the school associations across the state. ​

CHUCK BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Applicants must plan on attending a vocational/technical school.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who plan to study auto repair, auto body, diesel/machinery, or welding.

HAYDEN FAGUNDES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

This scholarship was established to honor the life of Hayden Fagundes.  Hayden was a proud member of the Fife High School Baseball Team, which he used as motivation to complete his education, graduating from Fife in 2013.

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

  • Applicants must be a Fife High School student athlete who has participated in FHS sports during their Senior year. Preference given to those who played Baseball.

  • Applicants must provide:

    • Written statement "How sports were a motivating factor for staying in school and graduating"

EDGEWOOD-FIFE-MILTON KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD 1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

The Edgewood - Fife - Milton Kiwanis Club is the combination of two clubs that have served the local area for over 40 years each. The club serves the cities of Edgewood, Fife, and Milton, Washington and the children in the Puyallup and Fife Schools Districts. The club sponsors a Key Club at Fife High School and a Cub Scout Pack 64. Our club members assist with community functions and financial assistance to two local food banks, local youth sports, and provides scholarships to each of the local high schools. The club provides assistance to local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas and provides financial assistance to the Milton VFW War Memorial.  The club also donates to local cancer walks and other local community fundraisers on occasion.

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

  • Applicants must be a resident of the Edgewood, Fife, or Milton area.  

  • Applicants must plan on attending a technical college or community college with a program of study related to fields in Career & Technical Education 

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

The Edgewood - Fife - Milton Kiwanis Club is the combination of two clubs that have served the local area for over 40 years each. The club serves the cities of Edgewood, Fife, and Milton, Washington and the children in the Puyallup and Fife Schools Districts. The club sponsors a Key Club at Fife High School and a Cub Scout Pack 64. Our club members assist with community functions and financial assistance to two local food banks, local youth sports, and provides scholarships to each of the local high schools. The club provides assistance to local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas and provides financial assistance to the Milton VFW War Memorial.  The club also donates to local cancer walks and other local community fundraisers on occasion.

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

  • Applicants must be a member of FHS Key Club.  

  • Applicants must also include a 1-2-page essay cover

    • Number of years you have participated in Key Club

    • Leadership roles that you have taken in Key Club

    • Activities related to Key Club in which you have participated

    • Description of how you believe you have made a difference being a part of Key Club

    • Your plans to continue community service in the future

FIFE HIGH SCHOOL BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,250

NUMBER OF AWARDS 4

The Fife Booster Club was established in 1976 and is comprised of action-oriented parents and administrator that volunteer their time and who work together to support the outstanding student body at Fife High School.  The goal of the Booster Club is to promote and support a variety of groups and activities at Fife High School.

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

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are active in community and school activities.

FIFE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $750

NUMBER OF AWARDS 2

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

  • Applicants must intend on majoring in Education or an Education related field.

The parent groups of the Fife School District; Discovery PTO, Endeavour PTO, Hedden PTA, SLMS PIE, Columbia Jr. High Booster Club and Fife High School Booster Club, have joined the Scholarship Foundation in creating the Fife for Life Scholarship.

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

  • Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better.

  • Applicants must be active in local community service.

  • Applicants must also include:

    • Typed essay defining what "Fife For Life" means to you, no more than one page in length

FIFE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

AWARD AMOUNT VARIES 

NUMBER OF AWARDS VARIES

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

  • Applicants may plan to attend a 2- or 4-year university/college, technical/vocational school, or other accredited school for career training.

FIFE HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION STEAM SCHOLARSHIP

AWARD AMOUNT $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 5

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

  • Applicants must plan on pursuing a degree in a STEAM field - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics.

  • Applicants must include:

  • List of specific awards or achievements received in this field​

  • Letter of recommendation from current or former teacher

The Fife Lions Club sponsors several fundraising events throughout the year to help sustain service projects in Fife and around the world.  Projects include Children Peace Poster Contests, Senior Yard Clean Up, Building Wheelchair Ramps and providing funding to our local food bank, as well as other services as needed.  Fife Lions shares with its worldwide membership the core belief: Community is what we make it!

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

  • Applicants must demonstrate good attendance, citizenship, and service to others

  • Applicants please include specific community events you may have participated in, and indicate if any of them were specific Lions Club activities.

BEVERLY GRATZER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 2

Beverly was a lifelong Washingtonian raised in the Fife/Milton Community graduating from Fife High School in 1954.
She was a cheerleader and an honor student. Beverly worked as an accountant at a Tacoma lumber company and later for the City of Fife, also in the accounting office. Her two sons, Mike and Marty Reines graduated from Fife in 1975 and 1979, respectively. Her three great grandsons, Taylor, Jayden, and Cameron Bjorkman are carrying on the Fife legacy at Endeavor and Discovery Elementary Schools. Beverly was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a leader in business.

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

  • Applicants must plan on attending a trade school, 2- or 4-year college or university, with an emphasis in accounting or business.

FRANK GUSTAFSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

This scholarship was established by Frank Gustafson, who was the founder of the Fife High School Scholarship Foundation. Frank was a teacher and counselor at Fife High School for many years before his retirement in 1978. His love of education and the community of Fife is at the heart of this scholarship, and his commitment is amplified through his daughter and son-in-law who together taught nearly 70 years in the district. Frank’s three children, and two grandchildren are also proud graduates of FHS, and whole-heartedly support this assistance to an aspiring student.

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

  • Applicants must plan on attending a 2- or 4-year college or university.

IWAKIRI FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • At least one of the Applicant's parents must be a Fife High School graduate.

  • Applicant must volunteer in the community.

This scholarship was established by the Iwakiri Family Alumni: George Class of 1942, Lonny Class of 1962, Kathy Class ofn1964, Steve Class of 1967, Teresa Class of 1969, Deborah Class of 1970, Patti Class of 1976. and Linda Class of 1985.
 

KAY KAISER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

KEIZAI SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

The Keizai Scholarship has been established by Kiana Dorris, who graduated Fife High School in 2015. Kiana was a Varsity swimmer during her Freshman through Seniors years. Kiana went on to swim collegiately at California State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.  Kiana encourages students to pursue a degree in Economics.

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

  • Applicants must be pursuing an Economics Degree.

ARTHUR KNODEL FAMILY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

Fife residents since 1955, Judge and Mrs. Knodel were passionate advocates of higher education.  He was raised on a farm in North Dakota then moved to Washington in 1944.  After serving his country during WWII, he married Margaret Duncan, a registered nurse who came from Pennsylvania.  He graduated from the University of Puget Sound and earned a law degree from the University of Washington.  He wrote the documents to incorporate the City of Fife.  He practiced law and simultaneously served as the Municipal Court Judge of Fife from 1950 to 1979.  Margaret worked in the law office as well as continuing her nursing career.  From 1979 to 1985, he was a Pierce County District Court Judge.  Their four children attended Fife schools and graduated from college.  Judge and Mrs. Knodel always appreciated the importance of education and the quality of education provided by the Fife School District.  

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

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from 9th - 12th grade.

  • Applicants must demonstrate service to community and/or school.

  • Applicants must be pursuing a 4-year College degree.

  • Applicants must include:

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders

JOHN MCCROSSIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 2

John McCrossin was a well-loved member of the Fife School District where he served many positions, Coach, Teacher, Athletic Director, Dean, Vice Principal, Principal, Director and Superintendent of Fife Public Schools. John had a passion for his family, students, teachers, parents, and friends. As a mentor and sport enthusiast, he was greatly respected in the education world. His wife Connie and their two sons, Kyle, and Kevin, established the Scholarship in honor of John and the many lives he touched.

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

  • Applicant must be a Fife High School student athlete that has participated in a minimum of one varsity sport  and completed the season.

  • Applicant must have demonstrated leadership or leadership potential in an activity or club during their time at Fife High School.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.

MCS - TRADES SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Applicants must plan on attending a vocational or technical school.

  • Preference given to those who plan to study HVAC or construction trade.

  • Applicants must include an essay, no longer than one page as to why they are choosing their trade.

MURREY FAMILY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Applicants must plan on pursuing an education in Nursing and Health Care

    • Preference will be given to those focusing on Pediatric Nursing.

NOVOTNEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $750

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Preference will be given to applicants that:

    • Plan to study Education at Central Washington University or​

    • Plan to study Engineering at Washington State University

BOB OQUIST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $1,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

Robert Oquist was a teacher at Fife High School during the 1950's, 60's and 70's. He was also the Newspaper, Chess Club and Class advisor.  Mr. Oquist and his journalism students won many awards for their production of "The Trumpet".  Mr. Oquist loved chess, during his 30 years at Fife High School he tutored hundreds of students on the fine art of chess.

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

JACK G. ROSENOW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $2,500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

Jack G. Rosenow was a 1953 graduate from Fife High School and a scholarship recipient. He became a successful trial attorney and the lead partner in his law firm, which had offices in Tacoma and Seattle. Jack was an exceptionally hard worker who valued education and dedicated his life to a career helping others through the practice of law. This memorial scholarship supports one student with their first-year college expenses.     

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

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.

  • Applicant must NOT have any other family member that has received college degree, program, or certificate.

  • Applicants must be attending one of the following schools:

    • University of Washington

    • Washington State University

    • Western Washington University

    • Central Washington University

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SCHOLARSHIPS

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

  • Applicants must have an interest in Special Education or have been influenced by Special Education.

TWIN LAKES CHIROPRACTIC/YEE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $500

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

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

  • Applicants must demonstrate service to community/school.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN'S FUND SCHOLARSHIP

MINIMUM AWARD $2,000

NUMBER OF AWARDS 2

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

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

  • Applicants must be active in community service.

  • Applicants must include information on why you consider yourself qualified to receive this scholarship.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY - Are you going to WSU?

WAZZU BOUND SCHOLARSHIP 

MINIMUM AWARD $1,500 ($750 Per Semester)

NUMBER OF AWARDS 1

This Scholarship MUST be applied for through the Fife High School Scholarship Foundation.
The Foundation Selection Committee will nominate one applicant from those received, that meet the
specified criteria, and forward to an outside selection committee.

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

  • Applicants must have been accepted and will attend Washington State University in Fall of 2021.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need (Copy of WSU financial award aid letter needs to be provided)

  • Applicants must include:

    • Essay on "How a WAZZU education would impact your life"

    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers or community leaders

    • Copy of your transcript

    • Photo of yourself (Preferred Size 3x5)

CONTACT
FIFE HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION

PO Box 1270
Milton, WA 98354

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