In the memory of Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Puget Sound, has awarded the first Dr. Scott A. Weatherwax Memorial University of Puget Sound Scholarship to 2014 J.M. Weatherwax High School graduate Emily Fisher.
This fund was established in 2013 with 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. Preference was given to students that wish to study science.
“We are pleased to be able to honor Scott’s memory in such a meaningful way.” Said Jim Daly, Community Foundation executive director. “In supporting his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound, and providing significant support to a deserving student we believe he would be proud of these efforts.”
Scott Weatherwax was born Sept. 25, 1940, in Aberdeen 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 nonprofits. Dr. Weatherwax died of cardiac arrest while camping and hiking with friends on Vancouver Island, Canada, on May 17, 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. “The Scholarship Committee at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation believed Ms. Fisher was the perfect candidate to represent Scott’s roots in the Harbor as well as his love of his alma-mater, the University of Puget Sound,” said Scholarship Committee Chairman Rich Vroman.
The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through our scholarship program and many projects and processes that work through or are in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. Tax deductible donations may be made to: Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550