The Pilchuck Foundation provides a $500.00 non-renewable scholarship for a deserving graduating senior of the Granite Falls School District.  These scholarships are presented under the auspices of the Merlin C. “Barney” Barnhart Scholarship Program.

The annual scholarship(s) is awarded in memory and honor of Merlin C. “Barney” Barnhart whose service to his country and community was hallmarked by his combat bravery in World War 2, Korea, and Viet Nam and later as a reserve police officer with the City of Granite Falls, Washington.

The Barney Barnhart scholarship is awarded to graduating students who plan to pursue a career in public safety.

Interested students should check with the school counseling office for guidelines and application form.  Students can also request a form from either Fire Chief Jim Haverfield or the Chief of Police.

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship award winner Nicole Jocobi-Fernandez, who is pursuing her career in Criminal Justice.  Board members Shar Lawrence-Carter and Jessica Neumann Dick presented the scholarship on May 28, 2020.

In 2019, the Board of Directors awarded a scholarship to Hailey Nelson, who is planning a career in law enforcement.   Board member Shar Lawrence-Carter awarded the certificate on May 29, 2019.   Congratulations!

In 2018, the Board of Directors elected to award two scholarships, one to Hunter Chapman and one to Aiden Holm.   Board member Catherine Anderson awarded the certificates on May 24, 2018.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship recipient Kory Glover!  Kory comes from a long line of fire professionals, and is already working in the field!