Jefferson Community Foundation



Barbara Marseille and her husband, Don, moved to Port Townsend in 1989. Previous to moving, she worked as a journalist and interior designer for over 28 years, specializing in historic restoration and rehabilitation.

Among the many contributions which Barbara made to our community, she was a vital force behind the restoration of the landmark Port Townsend City Hall building. She also played a key role in the restoration of the Pink House, Fire Bell Tower, Rothschild House Museum, and Rose Theater.

Don Marseille established the Barbara Marseille Endowed Arts Scholarship in honor of his wife who passed away in 2008. Any Jefferson County resident pursuing interior design, architecture, fine arts or other art related educational pursuits is eligible to apply. The endowed scholarship is a great way to ensure that Barbara’s legacy will continue for generations to come.

2017 Scholarship Winner: Ian Coates

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 graduated from Port Townsend High School and will be attending the University of British Columbia to study Creative Writing, Theater, Music, and Linguistics.

2016 Scholarship Winner: Stevie Riepe
2015 Scholarship Winner: Natalia Robinson
2014 Scholarship Winner: Taylor Mills 
2013 Scholarship Winner: Aidan McClave 
2012 Scholarship Winner: Rebecca Plant