What Makes A House A HOME?

Scholarship Contest

Presented By Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty

In Conjunction with:

The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound

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Previous Contest Winners

“Running Home”


Allison Holder, Winner 2021

“What I Would Say”


Bethany Ruzicka, Winner 2020

“A Foundation of Memories”


Fiona Whitaker, Winner 2019

About The Scholarship Contest

Since 2011, we have proudly supported our local high school students through our “What Makes a House a Home?” scholarship contest. Over the years, the many thoughtfully crafted essays of home have deeply inspired us. This essay contest is open to all Thurston County High School students, grades 9 through 12, from private to public, homeschooled and online learning – we really look forward to hearing your story of home!

See Our Inspirational Educator Award Winners

Teachers are a big part of what make this community a great place to call home. They inspire the hearts and minds of our youth. Each year our first-place scholarship winner nominates a teacher of their choice to receive this award. We are thrilled to give back and honor these teachers.

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