Press Release - Phil Johnson Scholarship

The Jefferson County Democrats have established the new Phil Johnson Environmental Scholarship Fund to honor Former Commissioner Johnson, a retired commercial fisherman who successfully fought a four-year battle against Washington State Department of Ecology regulations that would have required all of Jefferson County to allow net fish pens in its waters.

Housed at the Jefferson Community Foundation, the Fund will award up to $2000 scholarships annually to residents of Jefferson County who are graduating high school or are already in college and who major or minor in environmental sciences, ecology, or an allied field of study such as marine sciences or biology.

“We are thrilled to honor Mr. Johnson in this way and to encourage local young people to advocate for and protect our natural resources,” said Marty Gilmore, Chair of Jefferson County Democrats. “We invite everyone who seeks to support the young people of Jefferson County to join us by adding their contributions to increase the level of support we can provide.”

“Scholarship funds are a great way of honoring the legacy of people we love and leaders we admire,” commented Siobhan Canty, Executive Director of Jefferson Community Foundation. “By housing the Fund at JCF, the donations are tax-deductible and all of the necessary processes and legal requirements are handled by a team of experienced fund administrators.”

More information about scholarships, including those available through the Phil Johnson Environmental Scholarship Fund, can be found at

Jefferson Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Jefferson County by providing those making charitable donations with flexible ways to do so. For more information, call 360 385 1729 or go to


Kaitlin Chester