Gerald M. Vandeboe

Gerald M. Vandeboe (1933-2018) was a gifted Woodley High School English teacher who selflessly mentored students and staff alike, applying empathy and understanding to all he encountered; everyone treasured his insightful words of wisdom.

Mr. Vandeboe had early ties to Lewis County and often came to visit. For many years he and his wife Doneen contributed numerous books to our branch book sale. He declared ours to be his favorite charity because we were dedicated to the practicable financial support of students. His widow, Doneen Vandeboe, has provided this award in Gerald’s memory because he understood the   importance of scholarships.

Recipients of this scholarship include:

  • Makensee Taliaferro – 2024-25
  • Bryn Taylor – 2023-24
  • Cassandra Sanchez-Franco – 2022-23
  • Kaitlyn Beesle Reike – 2021-22
  • Cassy Schilter – 2021-22
  • Kelsey Aselton – 2019-20
  • Linnea Robinson – 2018-19

For a complete list of past scholarship winners, see the Past Recipients page.