The Foundation supports the college's efforts to enhance student success and strengthen our communities.


$68,874 provided in support to 195 students in 2012-2013

  • $53,520 awarded in student scholarships (35 recipients)
  • $14,930 distributed in grants for bus and parking passes
    and GED testing (154 recipients)
  • $424 in emergency loans (6 recipients)


  • Individual Donors
  • Corporate and Local Business Contributions
  • Foundation and Rotary Scholarships
Donations Chart


We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the many donors whose gifts enable us to provide the scholarships, grants, and loans that change lives and open doors to a brighter tomorrow. Your gifts also allow us to support key college programming. Thank you for making higher education in our community a priority.

The President’s Club

President’s Club members gave more than $1,000 during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Kathryn Atkinson
Banner Bank
Karman Bean
Blanton Turner
Ana Alice Block
Margaret Bock
Jake Byland
Sue Buske
Charles Schwab
Choice Vendors
Bill & Judy Christopher
Jack & Judy Cornwall
Michelle Decaire
DeLille Cellars
Eye & Contact Lens Center
Fairwinds-Brittany Park
David Feller
Frontier Communications
Gretchen V. Garth
Russell Gerads
Kristin Hall
Dave Hasslinger
Rebecca Hastings and Michael Stuckey
Samantha Herman
Terence Hsiao
Olga Jignea
Todd Kaumans
Keesal, Young & Logan
Alex Lee
Matthew Leon
Julia Lovato
Lyle Martin
Tom McAndrew
Louis Mendoza
Sameh Merhi
Eric Murray
MW Injury Resolutions
Northshore Scholarship Foundation
Sharon Nuss
Al O'Brien
The Pacific Financial Group
Mark & Deb Perry
Kayla Roberts
Jacob Schumacher
Klim Skrinnik
Dennis & Cheri Stefani
Shelly Stidham
Silicon Mechanics
Robert & Linda Tjossem
Tony Tran
Roy Wilkinson
Susan Wolever
Robert Woops

Please visit Cascadia Community College Foundation for a complete listing of our valued donors, sponsors and supporters.


Simon Okelo

Simon Okelo

Simon Okelo’s resume includes driving taxis and working at an orphanage. Soon he’ll have a new entry: an associate degree from Cascadia Community College.

Simon was born in Kenya and grew up in a slum northwest of Nairobi. He didn’t attend elementary school or junior high. As the eldest son in a single-parent family, Simon was responsible for the welfare of the household so he helped his mother run an orphanage for hundreds of children. It was his sister who sparked his academic interest. “She made me collect packets of bread, milk, sugar, and toothpaste, and used them to show me how to read.”

Simon pushed himself and was admitted to the best high school in the region. To pay for school he borrowed cars and worked as a taxi driver. After graduating, he decided he wanted to go to college to learn about community development and business. Simon moved to the Seattle area to pursue his dream. “I was hoping to find a school with a supportive staff, and great academic accolades. After visiting local community colleges, I visited Cascadia, and it was exactly the atmosphere I was looking for.”

Simon was awarded a Foundation scholarship to help fund his education at Cascadia. He eventually intends to return to Kenya to create sustainable solutions to problems faced by young people living there. Simon’s story is unique, but like so many other students your support allows him to complete his dream.


Enhancing student success and strengthening our communities
… with your support.

To learn more about these and other giving opportunities –
or to make a gift – please call 425.352.8840 or email the
CCC Foundation at You can also make
your gift online at

Cascadia Community College Foundation

Board of Directors 2013-2014

  • Rachel Knight, Chair
    Waddell & Reed Financial Services
  • Erik Byland
    Auxano Advisors
  • Dave Hasslinger
    Washington Federal
  • Sharon Nuss
    Starcom Computer Corp
  • Sue Buske, Vice-Chair
    Community Volunteer
  • Bill Christopher, PhD
    Retired, Cascadia President Emeritus
  • Joe Marshall
    RCO Legal
  • Danielle Powell
    Cascadia Community College Faculty
  • Alex Lee, Treasurer
    Auxano Advisors
  • Tom Broetje
    CFO Selections
  • Tom McAndrew
    Coalfire Systems
  • Dennis Stefani
    Retired, Community Volunteer
  • Rebecca Hastings
    Cascadia Community College
  • Walt Yeager, Secretary
    Business Resource Development Corp.
  • David Feller
    Wells Fargo
  • Eric Murray, PhD
    President, Cascadia Community College
  • Mark Wolfram