Now accepting 2020 Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Service Award (ETLS) Nominations.

Complete the on-line nomination form by Friday -- May 8, 2020.

A selection committee comprised of Cascadia faculty and one member of the Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for making a recommendation for one or more faculty to receive the ETLS Award. The number of awards available will be dependent upon the proceeds available from interest earned or increases in investment values for the Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service Award Endowment Fund established and managed by the Cascadia College Foundation.

Any member of the Cascadia community, including students, faculty, administrators, staff, and trustees, may nominate faculty for this award.  Faculty previously nominated who have not been selected as recipients (in the past five years) may be re-nominated.  Faculty members may self-nominate, as well.  To be eligible for the award, the individual or individuals must have taught at least 15 credits at Cascadia College.




Mei'lani Eyre


Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Mei'lani Eyre

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 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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About the Foundation 

Our Mission

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.


Contact Us

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
Coalfire Systems


Ron Wheadon, Vice President
Cascadia College - retired


Alex Lee, Treasurer and Secretary
Auxano Advisors


Ravi Ravhagan
Coalfire Systems


Dr. Eric Murray
President, Cascadia College


Mark Collins
Assistant Director, Cascadia College Foundation

How You Can Help

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.

Make a Gift

Cascadia Tax ID# 91-2010540

Give Online

Button named Make a Gift that links to donation page



Write a Check

Send your checks to:

       CCC Foundation
       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
• Sponsor

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 plans.

Matching Gifts

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.

Payroll Deduction

If you're a Cascadia employee, you can easily support the foundation through payroll deduction as part of the Cascadia Team Giving  [DOC] program.

Other Support

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 President's Club

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.

Margaret Bock
Bill and Judy Christopher
Biella Foundation
Alex and Lydia Lee
Tom and Amanda McAndrew
Louis Mendoza
Eric Murray
Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop
Northshore Scholarship Foundation
Allister H. O’Brien
Rotary Club of Kirkland
Rotary Club of Northshore
Robert and Linda Tjossem
Joan Lovett
Ashler Lodget #121 - Bothell


Thank you!  

Financial Assistance for Students


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 for information.

Short-Term Loans

In specific situations, the foundation can provide short-term loans to bridge the gap until a student has obtained long-term financial assistance. Contact 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

Renee Witherspoon

Nathaniel Jacob Allen Memorial Scholarship

Mei'Lani Eyre

John and Margaret Bock Scholarship

Cynthia Anchondo

Alexandra Beegle

David Bikoev

Madeline Evarts

Ashley Geddes

Mehnaz Halima

Damielle Hieber

Hannah Jackson

Oraznabat Kadyrova

Carin Kuhlman

Drew McElhany

AmberLee Min

Cierra Pope

Nicholas Ramierez

Ruth Susanto

Joao Vilca Soto  

Frances Bianco Memorial Scholarship for Peace

Kendall McKnight

William Christopher / Gateway Scholarship

Oluwa Jackson

Julie and Grant Davidson Memorial Scholarship

Braia Benjamin  

Eastside Community Aid - Human Services Scholarship

Olivia Baillargeon

Alexis Hernandez

Jazmin Peerson

Cascadia College Founders and Trustees Scholarship

Brendan McNeil

Fred Jackson Faculty Scholarship

Jazmin Peerson             

Murray - Sandford Scholarship

Taya Hedger

Allister O'Brien Scholarship

Hannah Sanchez 

Tjossem Family Scholarship

Rio Alcorta

Jordan Barde

Oraznabat Kadyrova

Ruth Susanto

Teresa Trefault


Ashler Lodge #121 Scholarship

Sam Kim      

Northshore Rotary Club Scholarship

Scott Brody       


Northshore Foundation Scholarship

Victoria Ochido     


Ina Knutsen Memorial Scholarship

Victoria Ochido

Biella Foundation Community and Technical College Scholarship

Ayler Atadurdyyeva

Emiljana Diko

David Mehedinti

Sarah Kaitlyn Miller

Joushua Plescia

Guadalupe Torres

Guanjie Wang


College Goal Cascadia Scholarship

Kaitlyn Brittingham

Teresa Trefault

Renee Witherspoon     


Richard Dakin Award for Cybersecurity Scholars

Christopher Catiis

Mei'lani Eyre

Susan Gohndrone

Chjris Megrey

AmberLee Min

Anthony Mix

Emelie Nangle

Angie Nguyen


Congratulations to one and all!

Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Service (ETLS)

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:

  1. Excellence in primary assignment
  2. Service to students
  3. Service to profession
  4. 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.

  1. Complete the on-line nomination form by Friday, May 8, 2020