The Future is Bright

Red Canoe Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients of WC Wally Ohlfs Scholarships.

$4,000 Scholarship

Maya Mason (Oakland, OR)
Azusa Pacific University
Field of Study: Applied Mathematics

Maya, graduate of Oakland High School, will be studying Applied Mathematics at Azusa Pacific University this Fall. Maya has been very active in High School as an athlete, community service volunteer and even running her own business – Golden Yolks where she sells eggs to raise money for college. She’s an aspiring musician, playing lead flute in her band. She’s not only a hard worker with a heart for volunteering, but she’s known for her infectious smile and no matter where she is, she’s an encouragement to others around her.

$4,000 Scholarship

Chiron Susee (Graham, WA)
Washington State University
Field of Study: Animal Sciences

Chiron, graduate of Emerald Ridge High School, will be off to Washington State University this Fall to study Animal Sciences. With a long-term goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian, Chiron is passionate about helping animals and has raised his own livestock for two years. With practical experience helping serve alongside a veterinarian this past Summer, Chiron knows the need for affordable access to animal care and plans to support programs that can reduce fees for those in need in his community. If you don’t find Chiron helping with animals, you will also find him volunteering in his community for cleaning up horseback trails, serving on youth programs, food drives and the Special Olympics.

$4,000 Scholarship

Nyla Stokes (Puyallup, WA)
UW – Tacoma
Field of Study: Finance

Nyla will be a Junior at the University of Washington, Tacoma this Fall, pursing a degree in Finance. Nyla is seeking a career in finance as she believes it is a powerful tool for economic development, promoting financial inclusion, reducing poverty, and addressing sustainability in environmental impact. With a Finance degree, Nyla would pursue the development of financial programs and education to assist low-income households and to work with governments or non-profit organizations to promote financial inclusion and reduce poverty. Nyla also has a keen business sense as she’s been a trainer for McDonald’s for over four years, learning the skills to be a good leader who is adaptable to many diverse groups of people.

$4,000 Scholarship

Kyle Davis (Battle Ground, WA)
George Fox University
Field of Study: Videography & Sound Production

Kyle, graduate of Battle Ground High School, is off to George Fox University this Fall to study Videography and Sound Production. Kyle is no stranger to this line of work, volunteering in the sound booth for over five years in his local church and behind the camera for his High School’s YouTube broadcast channel for the past two years. He believes Film and video are an effective tool for storytelling as a way to inspire change in the world. When you don’t find Kyle behind the camera, you’ll find him very active in his High School band, both as an aspiring musician but also volunteering as the Teacher’s Assistant and providing ongoing instruction to younger students.

$4,000 Scholarship

Samuel Dawkins (Longview, WA)
Washington State University
Field of Study: Construction Management

Samuel will be a Junior this Fall at Washington State University pursing a degree in Construction Management. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find Samuel working hard on projects in the field such as helping family build a new shop, remodeling a church and a local theatre. In addition to community service projects, Samuel also enjoyed the ASC Competition in college where he learned how to serve on a team, develop leadership skills and solve problems. Samuel looks forward to a rewarding career in the Construction Management industry where he can work with others to build better communities.

$4,000 Scholarship

Travis Sherman (Longview, WA)
Gonzaga University
Field of Study: Business

Travis, graduate of Mark Morris High School, will be attending Gonzaga University this Fall to study Business. In High School, Travis was active in sports, band, and several academic endeavors where he learned to be a friend to all. From giving rides to practice to tutoring peers over zoom during lockdown, Travis holds a heart for others. With a degree in business, Travis plans to create change for under advantaged children in foster care, including equitable access to transportation for sports and other school-related activities and becoming a mentor to help children overcome academic struggles.

Brenda Godfrey/Jack Elms Scholarship Winner


$4,000 Scholarship

Kemi Akinlosotu – Federal Way, WA
University of Washington School of Medicine
Field of Study – Medicine

Kemi enjoys working with a diverse population of people and looks forward to pursuing a medical degree with a community-centered focus and a desire to approach medicine holistically. From her time volunteering with Africa Now Association and Multi-Service Center Food Bank in Federal Way, she has observed how factors such as socioeconomic status and access to healthcare gain insight into the struggles of the underserviced communities. Kemi plans to bring her volunteer experience into a healthcare setting to advocate and improve and impact her local community.