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Marie A. Barker Teaching Scholarship

For 2017, one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Marie A. Barker, for whom this scholarship is named, was a master teacher who was dedicated to helping young children do their very best. Because of a scholarship, she was able to study education at Montana State. She began her teaching career two years later in a one-room schoolhouse in the eastern plains of Montana. At Poulsbo and Pearson Elementary Schools, she was, at various times, a teacher, reading specialists, librarian, and principal. After retiring from 31 years as an educator, she taught reading to adults as a Literacy Volunteer, helped other senior citizens with their insurance problems through SHIBA, and was active in Scandia Bible Church, as well as the teaching honorary society, Delta Kappa Gamma.

Mrs. Barker valued education and it was always her wish to fund scholarships for future teachers. When she passed away in 2004, many of her former pupils and friends donated generously to this scholarship fund.  The Marie A. Barker Teaching Scholarship Endowment now resides with the Kitsap Community Foundation. The Barker Family would like the beneficiary of this scholarship to achieve the important goal of a college degree leading to a career in teaching.


The following applicant requirements must be met:

To be eligible for this scholarship, one must be a full-time student attending Olympic College with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and accepted into the Western Washington University Woodring College of Education program ("the program"). Dollars awarded for this scholarship are sent directly to the college, once enrollment is confirmed, and will be applied towards tuition.


Applicants will be ranked in the following order of preference:

  1. North Kitsap High School graduates enrolled in the program in Bremerton,
  2. North Kitsap High School graduates enrolled in the program elsewhere in Washington, and
  3. Other students enrolled in the program in Bremerton who demonstrate financial need and academic success.


Application Due Date:

Applications must be submitted no later than April 1, 2017.


Application Process:

Applicants will obtain a scholarship application from the Western Washington University Woodring College of Education. (https://wce.wwu.edu/scholarships/woodring-scholarships)


If you have any questions, please contact Shaine Schramling, KCF's Funds & Grants Administrator at 360.698.6043 or by email at or contact Western Washington University directly by email at .

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