GHC Foundation awards more than $450,000 in scholarships

The Grays Harbor College Foundation will award about 240 scholarships for the coming school year, totaling more than $450,000. Both the students and Twin Harbor businesses and individuals will be recognized at the college’s annual awards event on Tuesday, May 21, at the Bishop Center.

The total amount includes about $80,000 allocated for 55 qualifying high school students graduating as World Class Scholars who plan to attend GHC. As middle-schoolers, students commit to graduating with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average from high school, plus compile a portfolio documenting their activities and community service hours. Those meeting the requirements will be honored by the college foundation with medallions presented at graduation time. Those enrolling at GHC will receive a partial tuition scholarship of $1,500 for their first year.

Also being honored at the May 21 event will be Workforce Education students who received the Hughes Tool Scholarships for the current school year. These scholarships are generously funded by GHC alumnus Lawrence “Pat” Hughes and earmarked for vocational students to purchase necessary tools they will use in their training programs and later on the job. Hughes plans to attend the ceremony and congratulate the recipients. He also donates to the World Class Scholars program.

“We really appreciate the overwhelming generosity of Mr. Hughes and our other donors who help GHC students realize their education dreams,” said foundation president Shelli Hopsecger. “Thank you to all who realize the value of education and how important education after high school has become.”

Registration for fall quarter is under way. For more information about programs at Grays Harbor College go to or call (360) 532-9020. A few scholarships, unclaimed after the spring awarding, are available in the fall.

For more information about the Grays Harbor College Foundation, click on, or call 538-4243.