Meet 2018 scholarship recipients

Daughters of members in Ecology, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and DSHS and a Commerce member have won WFSE/AFSCME’s first round of scholarships this year.

Younglove & Coker Scholarship Award

Logan Jackson, the daughter of Noel Smith-Jackson, a chemist 4 with the Department of Ecology in Richland and a member of Local 1253, is this year’s recipient of the union’s $2,500 Younglove & Coker Scholarship.

Logan says she enjoys being involved in leadership, varsity athletics and social advocacy events.
She graduates this spring from Richland High School where she is student body vice president. She’ll attend Western Oregon University in the fall. She plans to major in political science and hopes to become a lawyer. She will also be running on the WOU women’s track team.

Norm Schut Scholarships

• Lydia Erdelbrock, the daughter of Dawn Krech, a paralegal 1 with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner in Tumwater and a member of Local 443, is the recipient of one of the union’s $1,000 Norm Schut Scholarships.

Lydia is finishing her first year at Centralia College pursuing an associate of arts degree.

“Then I am going to work towards my bachelor’s degree in elementary education,” she says. “My future goal is to become a first-grade teacher.”

She made the president’s list last quarter for a 4.0 grade point average.

• Aalea Kolb, the daughter of Lea Poe, a financial services specialist 4 with DSHS in Clarkston and a member of Local 1300, is another Schut Scholarship recipient.

She graduates from Asotin High School this spring and will attend Eastern Washington University in the fall to pursue a career in physical therapy.

• Heather Shutter, a commerce specialist 2 with the Department of Commerce in Olympia and a member of Local 443, is the recipient of the Schut Scholarship earmarked for a WFSE/AFSCME member.

Shutter is a program coordinator for the agency’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy. She is pursuing a law degree at the University of Washington in part to help victims, combat human trafficking, among other goals “to serve people better,” she says.

The fifth major scholarship is the Althea Lute Memorial Scholarship; applications due July 31. Go to: