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William J. (Bill) Ward Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Bill Ward Memorial Scholarship is to honor a student athlete or assistant who did their best to help the team achieve the team’s goals.  

Bill graduated from Tenino High School, Western Washington University and took post graduate classes from the University of Washington to further prepare himself for teaching and coaching.  

Bill was a teacher and the first basketball coach at Mercer Island schools from 1953 to 1956.  He then taught and coached three sports at Yelm High School for the next five years, where his 1958 boys’ basketball team won the State “B” Championship.  


  • Applicants must be a graduating senior from Tumwater High School.
  • Applicants must plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college with intent to obtain a degree.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in academic core courses (English, Math, Science, Social Science, fine or performing arts, foreign language).
  • Applicants must have been a member of any Tumwater High School athletic team (player, manager, or a similar team supportive role).
  • Applicants must display strong work ethics.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good leadership skills.
  • Applicants must have a strong sense of citizenship and demonstrate they are an asset to the community.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a non-discriminate character.
  • Applicants must display strong teamwork values.


  1. Applicants must complete a Tumwater Education Foundation Scholarship application, along with the following supplemental information.
  2. In 250 words or less, describe how you:
    • Are a goal oriented person and how this helped you in the classroom and in athletic participation.
    • Have shown your leadership skills.
    • Have encouraged others to achieve their goals.
    • Have demonstrated strong teamwork values.
  1. Explain what the “team experience” means to you.
  2. Describe how a positive team attitude affects the outcome win or lose.