JCF 2017 Student Scholarships Awarded

Deb Johnson Memorial Scholarship:

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Taylor Carthum
Chimacum High School

A standout athlete and leader who graduated in June, Taylor shows great effort and heart in every aspect of her school and community programs. She will be attending Washington State University where she is interested in their study abroad program and the global experiences and cultural understanding. Taylor erved as ASB President, selected as 1st team all-league and MVP for volleyball and qualified twice for FBLA’s state competition.

Barbara Marseille Endowed Arts Scholarship:


Ian Coates
Port Townsend High School

One of Iain Coates’ references states that “Ian displays preternatural confidence, as a writer, composer, musician, director, actor, and collaborator.” He goes on to report that “Iain wrote, illustrated, and self-published a picture book at ten, then went on to write many witty, well-constructed short stories, while also pursuing his interest in music, learning the bass, as well as composition. This year, as a senior, he wrote a full-length musical play based on a little known historical figure; composed the music and lyrics; and casted and directed the play on his high school’s theater stage for the community. Every aspect of the production, from the period costumes to the beautifully designed program, was meticulously and artfully constructed.” Iain will be attending the University of British Columbia to study Creative Writing, Theater, Music, and Linguistics.

Port Townsend Technical Trades Scholarship:

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Jenny Monfore

Jenny attended the Port Townsend School of Woodworking during the winter of 2017. “I’ve been traveling to various regions of the country for a decade, pursuing unique learning opportunities in order to acquire the skills needed to achieve my goals. By interning on small homestead farms, I’ve gained some simple skills in rough carpentry and rustic construction. I’m ready to take my basic skill set to the next level and learn from professional craftspeople.”  Jenny completed her course in the spring and in her own words, “Now I am excited to be embarking on the next seasonal chapter of my life, using my woodworking and related life skills in true homesteader fashion – repairing farm structures, sharpening garden tools, and turning into the capable handy woman I’ve always wanted to be.”

Riley Gabriel

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Riley will be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building (NWSWB) this fall. Riley is already a quite accomplished individual with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forests and Farming from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, and diversified work experiences including forestry, farming and serving as a deckhand on a commercial wooden vessel out of Ketchikan, Alaska. It was this taste of marine life that gave Riley a desire to develop a skillset to pursue a long-term path in marine work. Riley describes her long-term goals as finding a niche in the boatbuilding community as both a craftsman and an advocate for women in the trades.

Kaitlin Chester