Yakima Valley College Foundation

Yakima Valley College Foundation

Yakima Valley College Foundation provides scholarships and financial assistance to students and supports Yakima Valley College.

Since 1977, the Foundation has awarded scholarships each year ranging from $150,000 to $700,000 which provide many deserving students an opportunity to attain a higher education who otherwise would not have access to college. The Foundation relies on alumni, friends and community members to underwrite its scholarship programs.

A Message from the Foundation President

Thank you for supporting YVC students!

The Yakima Valley College Foundation has been providing support to the Yakima Valley College and its students since it was organized in 1977 by Dr. William Russell, college President and Marvin Sundquist, philanthropist. Its assets, which have grown to some $12 million, provide an earnings base to fund as many as 200 tuition scholarships and a student success fund each year. The successful fund-raising effort by Foundation Directors qualified us for three U. S. Department of Education (DOE) matching grants. Community support and the DOE grants added $2,700,000 to the endowment fund. In addition to the Endowed Scholarship Funds the Foundation contributed $350,000 to an Endowed Fund for Faculty Endowment and received matching funds from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC.)

With the rising cost of higher education and the ever greater necessity of an education to obtain employment, the mission of the Foundation is of increasing importance. There is more and more demand for the assistance offered to students by the Foundation. The response by the Foundation must be to continue to enlarge our capital base. We feel confident that those members of the community who understand the importance of education will respond to this need just as they have in the past. We salute those who have been responsible for the growth of the Yakima Valley College Foundation and encourage others to meet the challenge of equipping our young people for a productive future.

Mary Sundquist

Foundation Officers & Directors

Board Officers

Mary Sundquist
Mary SundquistPresident
Paul McDonald
Paul McDonaldVice President
Eric Rasmussen
Eric Rasmussen Treasurer
Leslie Eglin
Leslie EglinSecretary

Executive Committee

Kathryn Bauer
Kathryn BauerExecutive Committee
Jean Brown
Jean BrownExecutive Committee
Glenn Rasmussen
Glenn RasmussenExecutive Committee

Board Members

Chafeka Abedellatif
Chafeka AbedellatifBoard Member
Norma Barajas
Norma BarajasBoard Member
Alma Benitez
Alma BenitezBoard Member
Juana Rezaie
Juana RezaieBoard Member
Ernesto Sanchez
Ernesto SanchezBoard Member
Martin Streich
Martin StreichBoard Member
Stacey Kautz
Stacey KautzExecutive Director

Honorary Directors

Pat GilmoreHonorary Director
Glenn RiceHonorary Director
Clark SandozHonorary Director
Delma TayerHonorary Director