GHCF Establishes Its Largest Scholarship Yet

ScottWeatherwaxIn the memory of Scott Weatherwax, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Puget Sound, has established the Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship. This fund has the intent to award an annual $20,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years, for a Grays Harbor student attending University of Puget Sound, starting in 2014. All Grays Harbor graduates or current residents that are planning to attend or are already attending University of Puget Sound are eligible.

“We are pleased to be able to honor Scott’s memory in such a meaningful way.” Said Jim Daly, Executive Director. “In supporting his alma mater University of Puget Sound and providing significant support to a deserving student we believe he would be proud of these efforts.”

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.