Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Academic Athlete of the Year
Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax was born September 25, 1940 in Aberdeen, Washington, to Marian Abel and Ben K. Weatherwax. He graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen where he was a stand-out in basketball, a varsity baseball pitcher, a member of Honor Society, and ASB President. He went on to the University of Puget Sound where he was a small-college All American basketball star. He then attended the University of Washington Dental School, served two years in the U. S. Army, and had a successful career in dentistry in Tacoma.
He retired to Grays Harbor where he became actively involved on the Board of Directors of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation as its Scholarship Committee Chairman, and a member of the Finance Committee and Grants Committee.
His passions were sports, music (he played at least four instruments), and helping improve Grays Harbor through the education of its youth, and grants to non-profits. Dr. Weatherwax died of cardiac arrest while camping and hiking with friends on Vancouver Island, Canada, on May 17th, 2008.
Scott always believed that it was the responsibility of the community to cultivate the leaders of the future. He understood that a well-educated individual needs exposure to the arts and sports, and that leadership can start young. He believed that hard work should be rewarded, and that is why the Grays Harbor Community Foundation established a four-year $2,500 per year scholarship in his memory: the Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial Academic Athlete of the Year Scholarship.