• Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey


Spokane Area Retired Educators Association.


The Spokane Area Retired Educators Association (SAREA) has established a fund
for active school personnel to use on non-budgeted programs or materials that
will enhance student education. Applications of $200 or less will be considered. The request may be for complete or partial funding of a project.

In years past, grants have been requested for field trips, guest speakers, books in specific areas of curriculum, and/or special supplies. They have also been awarded for special programs as well as drama and musical productions. Creativity, need, and impact on student learning are factors considered by the selection committee.

Enclosed is the application for the SAREA Mini-Grant Program. Please feel free to copy applications as needed. We thank you for distributing the forms to interested staff. The deadline to return the applications are "on or before the first Friday in November."

Thank you for your cooperation and interest in this worthwhile project.

Jan McFarland, Grant Chair
Spokane Area Retired Educators Association



During the academic year 2018-2019, the Northeast Region (E-7) of the Washington State School Retirees Association will award the following scholarships to high school graduates who express an interest in working in the schools as a teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, or psychologist in the State of Washington:

  Two (2) Robert J. Handy Scholarships administered by PEMCO in the amount of $900 per year for up to four years.
One (1) WSSR Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $2500 for one year only.

Each applicant must be graduating from high school during or at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

The high school from which the candidate is graduating must be within the geographic area of E-7 region which includes the following counties: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane or Whitman.

The candidate must complete the application on-line which is located at www.wssra.org - click on “scholarships” and follow the directions precisely. After the zip code of your high school has been entered the name and address of the Region’s Representative will appear. Print and place the application and any additional documents in a file folder and place in a large envelope with the address of the area representative. The application must be postmarked by March 2, 2019. The area representative will process the application and present it to the “E-7 Scholarship Selection Committee”.

An additional scholarship, the Neil D Prescott Student Teaching/Internship will be awarded to a college student who will be doing Student Teaching/Internship during the 2019-2020 academic year. This one time scholarship is for $1,000 and will be awarded to a candidate who graduated from a high school in the E-7 area: counties Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane or Whitman. Once you have entered the zip code of the high school, the contact information as to where to mail your application will appear. The candidate need not be attending a college or university in the state of Washington but must express an interest in working in the Schools in Washington State. Application forms and additional information can be located at www.wssra.org- click on “Scholarships”. The application must be postmarked on or before March 2, 2019. These Neil D. Prescott Scholarship Applications will be processed by the same Scholarship Selection Committee as above but will be kept separate from the scholarships above.

Additionally, in each region, there are local units of WSSRA that may elect to award scholarships to the applicants in the applicant pool. Region E-7 has three local units: Spokane Area, Pend Oreille County, and Whitman County. Do not try to contact these units. Each unit will have representatives on the Scholarship Committee. The following is information regarding these additional scholarship funds:
Spokane Area Retired Educators Association has committed the following in addition to WSSRA Scholarships at wssra.org/scholarships:
1. $5,000 in its annual budget.
2. $1,000-2,000 (if available) from its foundation.
3. $1,000-2,000 (if available) from excess retiree’s conference income.

n addition to the WSSRA application, applicants must be or have:
1. A graduate from a High School, Public or Private, within the geographic area of the WSSRA Area of E7 which includes Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman Counties.
2. Enrolled in or have made a commitment to be enrolled in higher education program or related field (teacher, counselor, speech therapist, librarian, occupational therapist, or psychologist) leading to certification for employment in the schools of the State of Washington.
3. Made satisfactory academic progress in high school and/or college as demonstrated by the candidate’s grade point average.
4. Must have demonstrated a work ethic in paid or voluntary community service activities.
5. Must have received recommendations from individuals familiar with candidate’s work and character.
6. Must have completed the application for www.wssra.org - click on “Scholarships”