2017 Scholarship Winners

One of the most important things that the FRA does each year is award scholarships to help support the Foothills community’s educational pursuits. This year the Foothills Rural Association in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Circle awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships to residents of the Foothills. The Scholarship committee interviewed scholarship candidates at the Community Center on Friday evening, May 19, 2017. Committee members were: Dawn Keig, Cindy Kaelin, Carol Stoll, John Cannon, and Faye Krenkel. Recipients of the 2017 Jess Kronquist Memorial Scholarship are:

Laurel Weberg

Laurel is graduating from East Valley High School where she has been a very successful participant and leader of the East Valley Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, among numerous other activities. One of her former teachers described her as the “real deal”. Laurel recently confirmed she will be heading to Central Washington University in the fall. Laurel is the daughter of Kevin and Gina Weberg. Laurel was awarded $1,000 and was also recognized as this year’s Blue Ribbon Circle designee

Kelsey Byus

Kelsey is graduating from Mt. Spokane High School and is excited to be attending Washington State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant Studies. This rigorous program will enable her to pursue her long-term goal of service to others through education and medical treatment and support related to the dangers of melanoma cancer and other dermatological risks. Kelsey is the daughter of Stacie and Dave Byus.

Kelsey was awarded $1,000.

Alicia Knecht

Alicia was raised in the Foothills and has a deep love for Spokane and the Foothills community. She has found her passion in service and is currently completing the first year of a two-year Christian Leadership program through Destiny College, part of Destiny Ministries International. For her second year, Alicia will be based in Glascow, Scotland and will also be interning with J.A.M. International in the South Sudan.

Alicia was awarded $500.

Michaela Sund

Michaela has been attending Eastern Washington University as part of the Running Start program and will be continuing there in the fall to pursue her interests in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. She is also a talented musician and hopes to be able to continue to incorporate as much music as possible while working on her rigorous academic programs. Michaela is the daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Sund.


Michaela was awarded $500.