2019 Scholarship Winners

The Foothills Rural Association in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Circle awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships to residents of the Foothills in 2019. The Scholarship committee interviewed applicants at the Community Center on Wednesday evening, May 22. Congratulations to all of the worthy recipients! Spread the word and mark your calendar now to apply next spring.

Ashlin was excited to head to Washington State University this fall to beginher studies toward becoming a high school biology teacher. She has been extremely active in dance, being a dancer at Spokane Elite Dance Studio for over 9 years, winning the Spirit of Dance Award in 2018, and recently winning a place in WSU’s Crimson Girl Dance Team. Her active dance life has given Ashlin the opportunity to teach dance to children, a true passion. Ashlin is the daughter of Mike Klocke and Debbie Van Valkenburg Klocke.

Ashlin was awarded $1,000 and was also recognized as this year’s Blue Ribbon Circle designee.

Larkin was accepted into starting the nursing program at Loyola Chicago this fall. His ultimate goal is to use his nursing skill in a high-pace environment such as the ER or ICU department in a large hospital. His long-time participation in soccer at multiple levels has helped him understand the importance of teamwork and communication and will serve him well in his future nursing career. Larkin is the son of Mark and Colleen McLean.

Larkin was awarded $500.

Madeline began her pursuit of a degree in Architectural Studies at Washington State University this fall. She is attracted to this career because it appeals to her creative, designed-oriented nature. You may have seen Madeline in one of the East Valley “Strolling Strings” performances around the area. We are confident Madeline’s positive energy and enthusiasm will take her far in the future. She is the daughter of Martin and Laura Foster.


Madeline was awarded $500.

Stephanie’s passion for and experiences working with special needs children are driving her ambitions to pursue an elementary school special needs education degree at Brigham Young University this fall. Her easy-going nature will be a plus as a future teacher, and her broad life experience and proven work ethic will as well. The time she devoted to mission work before returning to finish her undergraduate degree has given her great life perspective and a real fire for achieving her goals.

Stephanie was awarded $500.

Joe has been living abroad in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the past four years working for a human trafficking non-profit. He and his new wife are excited to have returned to the Foothills to raise a family near the rest of the Arnhold clan. Joe started his Masters in Teaching graduate degree program at Whitworth University this summer with the ambition of leveraging his extensive technical training experience to become a teacher. Joe is the son of Ed and Nancy Arnhold.

Joe was awarded $500.