Coupeville High School Future Generations Fund

Coupeville High School is a launching pad to the future. Going on to college is a dream that can be out of reach for many graduates without financial assistance.

The Coupeville High School Future Generations Endowed Scholarship has been created by a group of CHS alumni who are passionate about helping Coupeville students get through college, setting them up for a bright future.

You do not have to be a CHS alum to donate to this fund. Donations from all individuals and organizations interested in helping students fulfill their college aspirations are welcome!

About the Fund

An endowed scholarship helps a greater number of students than a typical scholarship would because the funds are invested, and the earnings are used to fund the scholarships rather than the principal donation itself. This allows the scholarship to be funded into perpetuity. The more money in the endowment fund, the more it will earn as an investment and the more scholarships it will be able to provide each year.

Money contributed to a regular scholarship is used to provide the scholarship that year and must be funded again the following year in order for the scholarship to be awarded again. It is a bucket that is filled and emptied annually.

Contributions to an endowed scholarship are invested, and the interest made is used to fund scholarships year after year.  The principal remains untouched. It is a one-time investment that provides ongoing annual scholarships, helping a large number of students fund their college journeys for many generations to come.

Once established, individuals and organizations can choose to continue to invest in the endowment and future donors can add to the corpus through their donations.

The larger the endowment grows, the more scholarships it will produce each year. The Fund is set up to endure in perpetuity, growing in value over time and providing an ongoing fund to which donors interested in helping send CHS graduates to college may donate.

Scholarship Criteria*

  • Open to all Coupeville High School athletes who are accepted to a college or university.
  • The student does not have to play a college sport, they just have to be a Coupeville HS athlete that is going on to a 2- or 4-year college. (community college, junior college or university, in- or out-of-state)
  • Qualified students must submit an application that includes a few short answer questions.

*Please contact the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools for more up-to-date information about scholarship criteria.

Whidbey Community Foundation

  • Manages the Endowment Fund investment, annually transferring the Endowment Fund earnings to Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.
  • Maintains the donation website.
  • Sends pledge reminders, tax receipts* and gift acknowledgements.
  • Assists donors wishing to make planned gifts (estate plans, insurance, property, etc.)

* Whidbey Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #81-3860867). Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, subject to individual and corporate limitations.

Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools

  • Works with Coupeville High School to publicize the scholarship.
  • Selects the scholarship recipients each year. A Coupeville HS Future Generations Endowed Scholarship Steering Committee representative will participate in the selection decisions.
  • Awards the scholarships at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony.
  • Confirms proof of enrollment in college for the scholarship recipients.
  • Disburses the scholarship funding directly to the appropriate colleges and universities.

Donor Recognition

While donations of any amount are truly appreciated and acknowledged, donors who contribute $500 or more will be listed in/on the:

  • Whidbey Community Foundation Annual Report.
  • Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools newsletter.
  • Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools website.

For donors who contribute $1,000 or more:

  • All donors who make a donation of $1,000 or more in 2024 will be permanently recognized as members of the Future Generations Founders Circle.
  • Corporate donors of $1,000 or more can include a company logo with a link to their website in their listing on the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools website.

Whidbey Community Foundation and Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools will work together with Coupeville High School to identify additional ways to appropriately recognize generosity to the Endowment Fund.  (i.e., things like recognition on social media and at the Senior Awards Banquet, potential naming opportunities for major gifts, listing on a future donor wall installation, etc.)

Ways to Donate:

  • Complete the pledge/donation form and mail it with your check made out to Whidbey Community Foundation to P.O. Box 1135 Coupeville, WA 98239. Memo ‘Coupeville HS Future Generations Endowment’ on your check.  Multi-year pledges are welcome!
  • Donate online
  • If you would like to honor or memorialize someone with your donation, please indicate that designation on the donation form, along with their acknowledgement information.
  • To discuss a donation of publicly traded securities, insurance, inclusion of this Endowment Fund in estate plans or an obituary, or for any other form of planned gift, please contact Jessie Gunn at Whidbey Community Foundation at jessieg@whidbeyfoundation.org or 360-660-5041.

More about Whidbey Community Foundation

Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) connects people who care to causes that matter. WCF was founded in 2016 by long-time local community leaders who understand Whidbey’s needs and strengths and who are committed to making the Foundation a gateway to more meaningful relationships between donors and local nonprofit organizations. WCF’s mission is to improve the quality of life on Whidbey Island by providing support for the nonprofit sector, assisting donors to build and preserve enduring assets for charitable purposes, and meeting community needs through financial awards. Since 2016, WCF has opened 35+ funds and made over 440 grants totaling over $2.54 million for various different causes.

Updated February 2024