Jim Osness named the scholarship for his family because he saw them struggling to make ends meet throughout their lives without the means to go to college. Osness’s parents encouraged Jim and his brother Ralph to pursue a higher education, and they became the first in the family to attend college.
With a background in STEM, Osness wanted to award the scholarship to a STEM student to complement other scholarships awarded by the Foundation and because he thinks STEM is an important area of study.
“I’ve been fairly successful, and I just want to pass that onto kids who need help,” Osness said.
The scholarship will be awarded annually, with applications being accepted in the spring and the recipient selected by a committee chaired by Osness. The first Osness-Johnson-
“It was generous of Jim Osness to create this scholarship, and we’re honored that he chose the Kent Community Foundation to administer it,” Lew Sellers, president of the Kent Community Foundation said. “This is a great way for people to give back to the community.”
For more information about the Kent Community Foundation or the Osness-Johnson-
The awards banquet will be held at ShoWare Center on Wed., June 4 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Tickets for the awards banquet are $20 for Chamber members (pre-paid), $25 for Chamber members at the door or $30 for non-Chamber members and guests. Tickets can be purchased online at the Kent Chamber website (http://kentchamber.com/
About the Kent Community Foundation:
Founded in 1986 as an affiliate of the Kent Chamber of Commerce, the Kent Community Foundation supports education and cultural arts in the Greater Kent area, including Covington, by providing scholarships to Kent high school students and grants to qualifying programs and organizations. Kent Kids’ Arts Day and the Kent International Festival are two local events that the Foundation helps support. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation;
For more information, contact:
Lew Sellers, president
Kent Community Foundation
524 W. Meeker St., Ste. I
Kent, WA 98032