Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Mei’lani Eyre may be one of the more focused and determined students Cascadia has seen in a long time. She is, and has been, eminently active in her community, has maintained a 3.8 GPA in Cascadia’s new Applied Bachelors in Mobile Applications (MOBAS) degree program, and has dedicated herself to tackling social inequities through technology.
Even from an early age, Mei’lani knew the trajectory of her path. As a high school student in Kirkland, technology captured her imagination – software development in particular. It inspired her to find ways to bring tech-centered skills and careers to underserved communities. She is a founding member of IdeaX Teen Council, a King County Library System volunteer group that writes computer software curriculum for children. She speaks regularly at conferences, in classrooms, and at events. She has worked at Code.org and Black Girls Who Code. More recently, Mei’lani began working with Bothell Library’s Girls Who Code Club where she plans to expand these services to underserved areas in the community. In early 2018, she volunteered with iUrbanTeen, where she expanded access to Seattle’s technology industry for underserved youth.
“I want my future career to be centered around software development, education, and an approach I learned about called inclusive design…. Smartphones are cheaper and more accessible than a computer. This makes them the perfect platform for an inclusive and accessible education product. I hope to develop products that utilize this combination of technology and ideas.”
Mei’lani has experienced her share of challenges. She has lost close friends through tragedy and suffered abuse by people she trusted. Though her professional accomplishments grew each year, her well-being suffered. Over commitment led to exhaustion – and exhaustion to illness. "Keeping busy," she commented, "may be an effective way to avoid your problems, it’s not a healthy approach to resolving them."
“Within two years I felt like a soulless husk… I became isolated and detached from myself and my needs. Connecting with others became a serious challenge. At this point, I had lost most of my support system.”
Mei’Lani reached a point where she could no longer ignore her declining health. She began to see how she had put everything she’d accomplished at risk. She finally began to heed the advice of her doctors. She simplified her life, stopped saying yes to every project, and began learning the art of self-care.
As a recipient of several Foundation scholarships, including the Richard Dakin Award for Cybersecurity Scholars, Mei’lani is deeply thankful for the support and assistance she has received along the way. Teachers, mentors, library staff – just to name a few – formed a network that supported and guided her boundless energy. The financial support she received through the Foundation made it possible for her to continue her studies while getting the help she needed.
As the recipient of the 2019-20 American Association of University Women Scholarship, Mei’lani is back on track – and will graduate with one of Cascadia’s first MOBAS bachelors degrees next year.
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The Foundation supports the college's efforts to enhance student success and strengthen our communities.
Cascadia College Foundation provides essential financial assistance to students in
need through scholarships, grants, and loans and also supports important college programs.
With your help, we will continue to assist students who are striving for success and
prepare them to give back to the community which has so generously supported them.
Mail: 18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 352-8840
Foundation Annual Report to the Community
Check out the Cascadia College Foundation Snapshot and see how your generous support is making a difference!
- Meet some of our scholarship recipients;
- Read about how your donations are being put to good use;
- See who else supported the Foundation;
- Learn more about how the foundation is changing lives with your help!
Learn about "Belonging at Cascadia" through our 2018 Annual Report.
Board of Directors
The board of directors provides leadership for the foundation which is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization aligned with Cascadia College. Directors support the college and its students by building relationships and developing resources in the community. Directors are elected by their peers to serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
Tom McAndrew, President
Ron Wheadon, Vice President
Cascadia College - retired
Alex Lee, Treasurer and Secretary
Dr. Eric Murray
President, Cascadia College
Assistant Director, Cascadia College Foundation
Give to the CCF Annual Fund.
The Annual Fund supports a variety of vital foundation and college programs including
more than 20 annual Cascadia College Foundation scholarships and hundreds of small
grants and loans for students.
Create a new named scholarship or memorial/tribute fund.
Build a legacy while creating a better future for our students and our community. Establish a new scholarship based on your interests or those of a special loved one.
- Annual scholarships – Gifts made on an annual basis are paid out directly to the scholarship recipient’s
account to cover tuition, fees, books, or other expenses you designate.
- Endowed scholarships – With a gift of $25,000 or more, you can provide invaluable support for students in perpetuity. The fund’s principal is permanently invested and the interest is used each year to fund the scholarship.
- Memorial/tribute funds – Create a named fund to which you, your family, and friends can make gifts in honor
or memory of a loved one. You may designate proceeds to be used for specific programs
or areas of student aid that align with the interests, passions, or experiences of
the person(s) being honored.
Contribute to Established Endowment Funds
You can help grow a permanent legacy of support for Cascadia students by contributing to endowment funds that have already been established.
- Julie and Grant Davidson Memorial Scholarship
- Tjossem Family Scholarship
- Founders and Trustees Scholarship
- Nathaniel Jacob Allen Memorial Scholarship
- William Christopher / Gateway Scholarship
- John and Margaret Bock Scholarship
- Murray - Sandford Scholarship
- Ashler Lodge #121 - Bothell
Your Generous Support Can Change Lives, One Student at a Time. How Would You Like
to Make an Impact?
Learn more about how you can make a difference for our students and our community. Email the foundation or call 425.352.8840.
Cascadia Tax ID# 91-2010540
Write a Check
Send your checks to:
18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Participate in an Event
Be a part of the action and change lives. Participate in the Annual Make Dreams Come True Fundraising Breakfast or other foundation events throughout the year.
• Attend and donate
Make a Planned Gift
Make a lasting impact on the community and leave a meaningful legacy that demonstrates
your commitment to quality education. Include the Cascadia College Foundation in your
Many employers match their employees' charitable contributions at anywhere from 30-500%!
Make your donation go even further by asking your employer to match it.
If you're a Cascadia employee, you can easily support the foundation through payroll
deduction as part of the Cascadia Team Giving [DOC] program.
If you would like to support the Cascadia community of lifelong learners with a contribution of another sort, like stocks and securities or in-kind, non-cash donations, please contact the foundation. We will be glad to work with you.
If you have questions about any of these giving opportunities, please email the foundation or call 425-352-8840.
The Cascadia College Foundation gratefully acknowledges our most generous annual donors, those who contribute $1,000 or more to the foundation, for providing vital support to important college programs and a crucial, financial assistance to deserving students.
Your generosity provides the critical private support that changes lives -- one scholarship, loan, or grant at a time.
As a member of The President’s Club, you will receive:
- An invitation to special President's Club events
- Acknowledgement on the foundation website
- Acknowledgement in published annual report
- Acknowledgement at Special Events
President’s Club Members
We are extremely grateful for the support of our President's Club members whose leadership gifts help us build a better future for our students and our community.
Bill and Judy Christopher
Alex and Lydia Lee
Tom and Amanda McAndrew
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop
Northshore Scholarship Foundation
Allister H. O’Brien
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Rotary Club of Northshore
Robert and Linda Tjossem
Ashler Lodget #121 - Bothell
You may be eligible for a tuition scholarship funded by the Cascadia College Foundation
or through generous donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses associated
with Cascadia. Eligibility criteria vary depending on the scholarship. For details,
see Cascadia College Foundation Scholarships.
The foundation supports small grants for students who have unmet needs. Contact email@example.com for information.
In specific situations, the foundation can provide short-term loans to bridge the
gap until a student has obtained long-term financial assistance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Meet Our Scholarship Recipients
The foundation proudly awarded scholarships to the following deserving student recipients for the 2018-19 school year.
American Association of University Women Scholarship
Nathaniel Jacob Allen Memorial Scholarship
John and Margaret Bock Scholarship
Joao Vilca Soto
Frances Bianco Memorial Scholarship for Peace
William Christopher / Gateway Scholarship
Julie and Grant Davidson Memorial Scholarship
Eastside Community Aid - Human Services Scholarship
Cascadia College Founders and Trustees Scholarship
Fred Jackson Faculty Scholarship
Murray - Sandford Scholarship
Allister O'Brien Scholarship
Tjossem Family Scholarship
Ashler Lodge #121 Scholarship
Northshore Rotary Club Scholarship
Northshore Foundation Scholarship
Ina Knutsen Memorial Scholarship
Biella Foundation Community and Technical College Scholarship
Sarah Kaitlyn Miller
College Goal Cascadia Scholarship
Richard Dakin Award for Cybersecurity Scholars
Congratulations to one and all!
Recognizing Faculty Contributions
The Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service Award was created to recognize the contributions of individuals or groups of faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the college's mission and vision in one or more categories:
- Excellence in primary assignment
- Service to students
- Service to profession
- Professional contributions to college and community
History of the Award
In 2005, Cascadia College, the Cascadia College Federation of Teachers, and the Cascadia College Foundation worked together to create this award and establish an endowed fund to support it. In addition to a plaque, recipients are awarded $1,000 to defray additional costs associated with their work at Cascadia.
Awards are presented during Year End Celebration activities.
How to Nominate
Any member of the Cascadia community — students, faculty, administrators, staff, or trustees — may nominate faculty for the award. To be eligible, nominated faculty must have completed the equivalent of 15 credits of teaching at Cascadia College.
- Complete the nomination form - available by request (email@example.com)
- Submit completed form and essay to Cascadia College Foundation according to the directions on the form