Mary Campbell began teaching at Olympia High School in 1955, teaching English and drama for more than 30 years, and retired as the first female vice principal of OHS. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1951 majoring in English. After teaching in Hallock, Minnesota for a few years, she transferred to the University of Washington in 1954 to begin work on a master’s degree.Apply
Jocelyn Dohm was a 1936 graduate of Olympia High School, where she was the newspaper editor. After earning her journalism degree at the University of Washington, Dohm returned to Olympia where she operated the Sherwood Press for 60 years along West 5th Avenue, next to the Old St. Peter Hospital. Dohm’s work contributed to intellectual discussion in the Olympia area, her friendly face welcome community wide.
George Morris taught wood shop in the Olympia School District 1947-1977. He came to Olympia High School in 1961, and also served as athletic director and coach for football, wrestling and track. Morris had tremendous vocal range, he could launch his booming voice that could be heard over a whole shop full of operating machinery or from one end of the campus to the far end of the sports fields. Or he was the gentle words of encouragement over your shoulder that kept you on track, inspired. He ushered in the era of women’s interscholastic sports at OHS, coaching girls track in the 1975-76 school year.Apply
Don Bunt served as principal of OHS from 1954 until 1972, an era that included the move of Olympia High School from its Capitol Way location to the present site of Olympia High School. Bunt served as president of the Washington Association of Secondary Principals and was an avid sportsman. His scholarship goes to graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in education.
Gwen (Griffith) Williams graduated from OHS in 1938. At OHS she taught health and physical education and coached girls’ tennis until 1977. Her scholarship goes to graduating seniors interested in pursuing a career in education.Apply
As part of the virtual Olympia High School Class of 2021 Awards and Recognition “Night of Stars 2021” broadcast on June 10, 2021, the OHS Alumni Association proudly awarded scholarships to 5 well-deserving seniors. These scholarships have been awarded each year since 2004 thanks to the generosity of OHS alumni. Meet this year’s 2021 scholarship winners who we celebrate and are pleased to support as they pursue their scholarly aspirations. Good luck to all 2021 OHS grads and may you give back to all those that helped you along the way!
The Gwen Williams Scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in Education. Allison was selected for this scholarship based on her demonstrated passion for teaching. She has always had an interest in working with kids, whether it be working with them in her own community or performing volunteer work in Tijuana. Her other volunteer duties included child care at her church and work with the Parent Teacher Student Association. She served on the OHS welcome team and is a member of the National Honors Society. She is a stellar example of a steady and balanced student, athlete (cross country), and volunteer while maintaining a high GPA. Besides graduating from OHS this year, Alison is graduating from South Puget Sound Community College with her Associates in Arts degree and a 3.979 GPA. Allison was accepted into Northwest University and she intends to pursue a degree in teaching middle school math.
The Don Bunt Scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in Education. Bethel will attend Yale University to pursue her interest in childhood development and to help others as a Child Psychiatrist. Her volunteer work as a counselor in a crisis clinic gave her many opportunities to use her strength and wisdom in communicating with people in crisis. Bethel also volunteers at her church, looking after children, and served on the OHS Bear Crew for orientating younger students.
The Mary Campbell Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing dramatic arts after high school, including behind-the-scene technical stage work. Cecelia has won several prizes including Best-In-Show for her artwork at the Puyallup Fair. She is known for her diligent and selfless work as a prolific builder and painter on most stage sets for Olympia High School productions and was involved with the Creative Theatre Experience for 8 years. Cecelia will be attending the University of San Francisco this Fall on a large arts scholarship where she wants to pursue an education in art history and museum studies. She also has an interest in theater acting.
The Jocelyn Dohm Scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in book arts: journalism, literature, graphic arts, photography, book binding, and printing. Diana will be attending Gonzaga University with a focus on journalism. Her many activities include volunteering as a peer tutor teaching English as a second language, participating on the OHS Community Council, and serving as President of both the Olympia Literary Magazine at OHS and a Community Youth Services program. The OHS faculty observed her consistent pursuit of opportunities to help others, always in the spirit of kindness and patience.
The George Morris Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in the field of Career and Technical Education. Sarah Swanstrom is a passionate artist, athlete, and mathlete who loves art, volunteering for nature trail cleaning, and helping her grandparents. She was Math Student of the Month in 2017 and won the People’s Choice Award for the OSD 113 Regional Art Show. Sarah will be attending Central Washington University and majoring in industrial arts.