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:
Starting with the 2014 / 2015 academic year, the Trust will no longer be providing direct individual college scholarships, but will provide funds to a third party organization which specializes in administering scholarship funds. Specific information about this arrangement will be posted to this website in the near future.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Advisory Board includes Daryl Hopson, CPA, Clifford Kontos, Charles Phillips, and Phelps Gose.