Carrie Welch Trust

The Carrie Welch Trust is a charitable trust which provides educational scholarships to residents of Walla Walla County and periodic gifts to Walla Walla academic, charitable, and cultural organizations.  Funding for these programs is provided by income received annually from farmland located in Walla Walla. The land was generously donated by the late Carrie Welch.

Annual amounts available for disbursement vary from widely from one year to the next, reflecting fluctuations in wheat prices and herbicide and fertilizer costs, among other factors. Current parameters for new individual scholarships and periodic gifts to Walla Walla institutions are as follows:

Individual Academic Scholarships toward a Bachelor's Degree:

The Carrie Welch Trust provides individual college scholarships for Walla Walla residents via the College Success Foundation Leadership 1000 Scholarship. These individual scholarship awards are $5,000 per academic year and are renewable for up to four years.

In addition to meeting specific Leadership 1000 eligibility requirements, which are listed on the scholarship link, applicants of the Carrie Welch Trust Leadership 1000 Scholarship should also meet the following criteria:

  •       Be a Walla Walla County resident.
  •       Be a graduate of a Walla Walla County high school.
Further, graduates of Walla Walla Community College who also graduated from a Walla Walla County high school are also eligible. 

Potential applicants can find eligibility details and an application link to the Leadership 1000 Scholarship at

Individual Academic Scholarships toward an Associates Degree:

Graduates of a Walla Walla County High School who are pursuing a two-year Associates degree through Walla Walla Community College may apply for a scholarship through the Walla Walla Community College Foundation. Maximum dollar amount for a Associates Degree Scholarship is $2,000 per year and may be less.

Periodic Gifts to Charitable Organizations and Academic Institutions:
  1. Periodic Gifts may be made from time to time after consideration by the Trustee and the Board of Directors.  The gifts are made to non-profit academic and charitable institutions located in Walla Walla County, or provide benefits to residents of Walla Walla County.  Organizations seeking a periodic gift are encouraged to submit their requests by June 30 for consideration. Decisions regarding these requests are made throughout the year.
  2. Requests should be in writing and mailed to Carrie Welch Trust, George Gose, Trustee, PO Box 82593, Kenmore, WA 98028. The request should include a description of the use of funds, total dollar amount of the project, sources of funding matches (if applicable), and dollars raised to date. It is likely the Trustee will have questions about the request, so please include a contact name, phone number, and email address.

The Board of Directors includes Thomas Hammack, a graduate of Walla Walla High School, and the University of Washington. Tom received his law degree from Yale University. He is currently an attorney with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The Carrie Welch Trust is administered by its Trustee, George Gose, a graduate of Walla Walla High School and Whitman College. He received his MBA from Ohio State University. To contact him, please send an email to

The Advisory Board includes Daryl Hopson, CPA, Clifford Kontos, Charles Phillips, and Phelps Gose.