Five area students are headed to college this fall with a little financial boost thanks to scholarships awarded by the Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC).

For the past 25 years, the Washington Counties Scholarship Fund has awarded as many as five scholarships worth $3,000 each annually to eligible children of county employees and county elected officials. Recipients must be full-time students in a baccalaureate degree, associate degree, or vocational/technical certification program.

To date, the program has awarded more than $235,000 in scholarships, and funds are provided by WACO and WSAC members.

This year’s Washington Counties Scholarship Fund recipients are:

  • Adin Bowers — A Kingston High School graduate who will attend Boise State University to study science and engineering with a focus on astrophysics. Bowers is the son of Kitsap County Juvenile Court employee Lonna Bowers.
  • Mya Davis — A W. F. West High School graduate who will attend Seattle Pacific University to study nursing. Davis is the daughter of Lewis County Treasurer Arny Davis.
  • Zachariah Fincher — A Friday Harbor High School graduate who will attend the University of Washington to study medicine and biochemistry. Fincher is the son of San Juan County Adult Probation Officer Bradley Fincher.
  • Alexander Norris — A Walla Walla High School graduate who will attend Oberlin College to study history and economics. Norris is the son of Walla Walla County Department of Community Health Clinical Services Division Manager Laura Norris.
  • Matthew Tucker — A North Kitsap High School graduate who will attend the University of Washington to study bio-engineering. Tucker is the son of Kitsap County Public Works Assistant Director David Tucker.

“We are very excited to see so many high achieving individuals from geographically diverse parts of the state win this year,” said WACO executive director Scott Blonien. “It is a testament to the hard work and ambition of students throughout the state.”