From its inception in 1987, WEA-Retired had a strong legislative focus. Six years later the pre-retirement seminar program began. And in 1996 WEA-Retired awarded its first two scholarships to WEA active members, $300 each, “to provide vital support to those seeking to enhance their skills or earn new endorsements.” Over the next twenty-four years, the program underwent two structural changes, received an endowment from Laura McVicker, and has awarded $102,150 to 121 WEA active and student members. Today WEA-Retired Scholarships is an independent organization affiliated with WEA-Retired and awards up to ten $1000 scholarships each year.
Over the years WEA-Retired Scholarships has benefited from tremendous support from the WEA family, classified, certificated, student, and retired. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 fundraisers were canceled when the WEA Representative Assembly and the WEA-Retired Annual Meeting changed to virtual formats. The scholarship board of directors made the decision to reduce the number of scholarships to no more than five for 2021. WEA-Retired made a $5000 donation so the maximum number of scholarships offered could remain at ten.
With the pandemic continuing its stranglehold, WEA Representative Assembly and WEA-Retired Annual Meeting will once again be virtual. That means fundraising in 2021 needs a new look. Two lap quilts have been donated to the organization.
For every $5.00 donation, your name will be entered into the drawing for the quilt of your choice.
Make checks out to WEA-Retired Scholarships & mail to:
PO Box 820708
Vancouver WA 98682
*state which quilt you would like on the MEMO line of your check