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 and barley 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:
- Walla Walla residents who graduated from a Walla Walla County High School and wishing to pursue a Bachelor's degree at an accredited four year institution may apply for an Individual Academic Scholarship.
- The Carrie Welch Trust Scholarship Application form (PDF) is located at the bottom of this web page. A high school transcript and transcripts from a two-year or four year institution (if applicable) must be included.
- Individual Academic Scholarship Applications must be returned to Carrie Welch Trust, George Gose, Trustee, PO Box 82593, Kenmore, WA 98028. Applications will be accepted between March 1 and April 30. The Trustee and Board will typically inform applicants by May 15 as to whether a scholarship will be awarded. The maximum annual dollar award for an Individual Academic Scholarship is currently $6,000 and may be less.
- Individual Academic Scholarships consider a variety of different factors, including financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities.
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:
- 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.
- 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
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The Advisory Board includes Daryl Hopson, CPA, Clifford Kontos, Charles Phillips, and Phelps Gose.