West Building, Room W302
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
(425) 739-8134 (phone)
(425) 739-8301 (fax)
The Lake Washington College Foundation changes student lives through scholarships and grants. The Foundation promotes health and wellness awareness and contributes significantly to the Lake Washington Technical Academy and the Early Learning Center.
The Lake Washington College Foundation is the legal entity doing business as the LWIT Foundation, please make checks payable to the Lake Washington College Foundation.
How You Can Help – Wine Dinner Series
Winter Dinner: Friday, February 14, 2014,
6:30 - 9:30 pm - Valentine's Day Theme. Reservations available soon!
Spring Dinner: Friday, May 9, 2014,
6:30 - 9:30 pm - Mother's Day Theme. Reservations available soon!
All dinners are held in LWIT's Chef City Grill and will consist of four (4) courses paired with select wines and dessert: each course prepared by students in LWIT's Culinary Arts program with wines chosen by students and instructors in the Wine Technology program.
Proceeds are used for student scholarships, travel and attendance to compete in The Culinary Knowledge Bowl, opportunities to study abroad, and program development.
Building a brighter future, one student at a time.
At Lake Washington College Foundation, we change student lives.
We assist students through scholarships and grants. We promote health and wellness awareness through programs ranging from medical assisting to dental hygiene, from fitness to licensed practical nursing.
We contribute significantly to a youth-oriented school-within-the-school (Lake Washington Technical Academy), a regional technical high school for young men and women committed to work and education.
We support the LWIT Early Learning Center and we actively contribute to services for students with disabilities.
Requests for Funding
The Lake Washington College Foundation Board is accepting requests for Program Support awards. Please contact the Foundation Office for the current application.
New Scholarship Named for Former LWIT Instructor
In February 2013, the Lake Washington College Foundation established the Ralph L. Jones Memorial Endowment, creating two new annual $3,000 scholarships for students. Made possible by a generous $150,000 donation from Redmond firm ABODA in the name of former Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT) instructor Ralph L. Jones, the ongoing scholarships will be available to two LWIT students each year.
A former combat Vietnam veteran, Jones put himself through college after the war and eventually became an executive at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He brought his hospitality expertise to LWIT in the late 1980s, developing the college's successful hotel management program. After more than 15 years of service at LWIT he took a position at ABODA, where he ran the corporation's human resources department. Jones passed away in July 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
"The amount of people Ralph impacted during his life is staggering," said Dave Caple, president and CEO of ABODA. "In his memory we wanted to continue his impact on others for years to come. ABODA started the fund and it's our hope that the initial investment, paired with good investing, will allow us to continue to provide this scholarship in perpetuity. We also hope that others touched by Ralph's life might consider contributing to the fund as it grows, allowing us to help even more students down the road."
While the hotel management program was discontinued after Jones' departure from the college, his memory lives on in the lives of the LWIT faculty, staff and students.
"Ralph was a self-made man, who overcame extreme adversities to make something of himself," said Doug Emory, LWIT dean of instruction, academic core, hospitality and service. "He was an inspiration to many of us. The idea behind this scholarship is to help people like him, students who are working hard to put themselves through school and often aren't eligible for grants, but still need that little extra help to reach their educational goals."
Current students at LWIT are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which will pay out $1,000 a quarter for three quarters. For more information on applying for the scholarship or making additional contributions in Jones' name, contact the College Foundation at (425) 739-8134 and email@example.com.