2020 Scholarship Winners

This spring the Foothills Rural Association in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Circle awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships to residents of the Foothills. Due to COVID-19, applicants were interviewed virtually via Zoom videoconferencing on Thursday evening, May 14, 2020.


We thank all of this year’s applicants and encourage future candidates to mark their calendars and apply for scholarship support in 20201!



Gabe has been fascinated by space since he was a small boy and is excited to be starting college after he graduates from East Valley High School this spring. He plans on taking his core college courses locally at Spokane Community College in the fall, ultimately completing his studies in astronomy or physics at a 4-year university before joining the Air Force and eventually hopefully the Space Force. Gabe is the son of Brian and Angela Priest.

Gabe was awarded $500 and was also recognized as this year’s Blue Ribbon Circle designee.


This is Ashlin’s second time winning a Jess Kronquist scholarship. She just completed her first year at Washington State University where she is studying biology toward her goal of being a science teacher or possibly even a professor. One highlight of participating on WSU’s Crimson Girl Dance Team this year was performing at the Apple Cup. Next year Ashlin will use her dance skills to teach part-time at a Pullman dance studio while she focuses on her biology program and being an undergraduate teaching assistant. Ashlin is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Klocke.

Ashlin was awarded $1,000.


Gabrielle just completed her first year at University of Washington in pursuit of her civil engineering degree. She has already taken on a leadership position with the UW Engineers Without Borders organization and is looking forward to being able to participate in international service projects once the COVID-19 restrictions have passed. Gabrielle is a self-starter and natural problem solver with a genuine enthusiasm for how engineering can improve quality of life. She is the daughter of Al and Mary Hager.

Gabrielle was awarded $1,000.


Emma is graduating this spring from Mt. Spokane High School and will then be starting classes in the fall at Yakima Valley College where she will also be a college athlete on the softball team. Like our other candidates this year, she is hopeful that colleges will be able to hold classes on campus so that she can participate with her softball teammates in activities on and off the field. Emma’s career goals are to be a math teacher. She is the daughter of Brent and Allyson Jay.

Emma was awarded $500.