|Open to||For students at Franklin Pierce and For students at Washington|
This permanent endowment scholarship was established in memory of John C. Pedroso, and his service to the Franklin Pierce School District and to his community.
The scholarship will be awarded to two graduates, one each from Franklin Pierce High School and Washington High School.
|Amount||2 scholarship(s) of $1,000 each. (total annual contribution: $2,000)|
|Award notes||One time award.|
The Faculty Scholarship Committee of each high school will select one recipient and one alternate annually. The scholarship shall be awarded to the alternate selected if the primary award winner does not meet the requirements of the scholarship.
The Legacy of John C. Pedroso
John C. Pedroso served as a teacher, education association president, and an officer in the Franklin Pierce Foundation during his 29 years of service to the Franklin Pierce School District. John began working in the district in 1960 at Morris E. Ford Junior High as a teacher of social studies, language arts, and mathematics. He retired in 1989 as a teacher at Ford, which had changed to a middle school. One administrator wrote, “He was the consummate professional in every sense of the word. He entered the teaching profession with a clear concept of what it would require in terms of total commitment, self sacrifice, and demanding emotional investment, and he has paid this price willingly. His first and foremost concern is the total welfare of his students — academically, socially, and emotionally.”
While serving as president-elect of the Franklin Pierce Education Association, John was involved in incorporating the Albert Reihs Memorial Scholarship Association in 1973. The Association has gone through many name changes during the years, but has maintained the goal to provide scholarships for graduates of the Franklin Pierce Schools. The first scholarship was awarded to a graduate of Franklin Pierce High School in the spring of 1974 for $200. That first scholarship has grown to 56 scholarships having a value of $47,100 granted in 2018.
John served as treasurer for many years and “retired” from that responsibility in 2000. By the conclusion of his lengthy term as treasurer, John had written checks from the Franklin Pierce Foundation for over $40,000 to graduates of Franklin Pierce high schools.
Mr. Pedroso passed away in 2006. In addition to his service to the students of the Franklin Pierce Schools, he also served on the Bonney Lake City Council and also as mayor of Bonney Lake. He was always involved in public service and benevolence as an active member of Bethany Baptist Church.
|Administration of the fund||The fund is administered by the Franklin Pierce Foundation, a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Washington.|
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|Fund type||Permanently endowed scholarship|