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11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
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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.

Wine Dinner Series: Spring Dinner

LWTech's Culinary and Wine programs are proud to present their seasonal Wine Dinner Series!

Held once per quarter, these dinners not only showcase our students' skills, but also feature wines from some of the best wineries in the Pacific NW.

Spring Dinner: Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.
Theme: Mother's Day
Cost: $75 per person
Courses: A four (4) course dinner plus dessert will be served
Wines: Each course will be paired with select wines from Woodinville's very own Patterson Cellars
Reservations: Reserve now

All dinners are held in LWTech's Chef City Grill with each course prepared by students in LWTech'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.

Benefit Breakfast - 2014

SAVE THE DATE: The 2014 Foundation Bright Futures Breakfast will be held on November 5. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the program begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

Benefit Breakfast - 2013

THANK YOU To our sponsors, patrons, and volunteers! Together we raised over $58,000 at our 2013 Benefit Breakfast

Foundation Breakfast 2013

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 LWTech 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 LWTech Instructor

Ralph Jones

Ralph Jones

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 (LWTech) instructor Ralph L. Jones, the ongoing scholarships will be available to two LWTech 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 LWTech in the late 1980s, developing the college's successful hotel management program. After more than 15 years of service at LWTech 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 LWTech faculty, staff and students.

"Ralph was a self-made man, who overcame extreme adversities to make something of himself," said Doug Emory, LWTech 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 LWTech 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

Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation provides a variety of student scholarships. Criteria for selection vary, some based on a combination of academic performance and financial need and others on program or life situation.

Giving Opportunities

Opportunities for giving your gifts to the Lake Washington College Foundation.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the College and/or the community.