St. Helens Student Foundation Mission
    • Encourage, assist and manage programs outside the regular curriculum for the benefit of St. Helens Schools Students;
    • Assist individuals, businesses, and other organizations in defining, organizing, and implementing added-value programs;
    • Build and manage trust funds in any form with the sole intention of meeting the donor’s goal. It is our goal to enhance the educational opportunities for every student in St. Helens School District.
    Students are the reason the Foundation exists. Enhancing and improving their success and academic achievement is key in all our programs and scholarships.
    Community support is the key to the continued growth of the Foundation. The Foundation may accept donations of real property, personal property, securities, and cash. Contributions may be from individuals, businesses, trusts, and other non-profit organizations.
    If you need assistance in making a donation, planning a program, have an idea for a program that will benefit students or want to become an active volunteer, please contact the Foundation at PO Box 1608, St. Helens, OR 97051.
    If you would like to donate to St. Helens Student Foundation by credit card, please click on the donate button below.  If you prefer, checks can be sent to PO Box 1608, St. Helens, OR 97051.  Thank you for your support.



    The Foundation has been entrusted with the funds to provide perpetual awards and scholarships for SHSD graduating seniors. To request a scholarship application, email Carissa Chism at carissac@sthelens.k12.or.us. Here are our current scholarships:

    Louis C. Abrams Scholarship (one scholarship for $3,000)  

    Selection is based on good citizenship, good scholarship, academic inclination, and financial need.Submit an essay stating your goals after high school, including how your education will be paid, your selected occupation and why you chose this field.

    Katherine Ballatore Memorial Scholarship (one scholarship for $1,000)  

    Must be pursuing business studies at a two or four-year institution. Selection is based on applicants’ demonstrated interest in the field of business through business classes, extracurricular activities, as well as, work and volunteer experience.

    Tom Brumbaugh Memorial Scholarship (one scholarship for $1,000):  

    Prior consideration shall be given for proven dedication and discipline in the study of music; documented by practice logs, participation in other music activities, such as additional study and or performance outside the scope of the school curriculum. See Band Director for application.

    Brittany K. Hudson Memorial Scholarship (one scholarship for $350)  

    Selection is based on applicants’ interest in music, specifically band, by having taken classes and participated in the band program during high school.

    Justin Alexander Schlaht Memorial Scholarship (one Scholarship for $1,000):

    Must have participated in cross country and/or track and field at least two seasons. GPA, involvement in school activities and good citizenship will also be considerations.  Any accredited school of higher education is acceptable.  Essay is required to describe the values and lessons you have learned through your high school experience.  (200 words maximum)

    Martha & Lowell Richardson Scholarship (one scholarship for $2,000)  

    Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher for grades 11 and 12 only and attend SHHS for at least three years. Students who struggled in their first two years of high school are encouraged to apply due to the special emphasis given for significant improvement. Applicants should be involved in school activities, but not necessarily in a leadership role and must demonstrate good citizenship in all school and community activities.  Must be pursuing post-secondary education (community college, university, technical/vocational school). Scholarship recipients receives first $1,000 at registration and second $1,000 at the beginning of their second year, if they earn a 3.0 GPA.

    Ralph & Rose Valpiani Endowment Fund (one scholarship for $1,500)  

    Must have demonstrated a dedication to excel in music and/or choral programs at SHHS and intend to continue education. Must intend to continue music or choral training or playing, but not necessarily major in music. Candidates are not required to attend a four-year college/university. If you are applying for the Valpiani Scholarship, please include a statement describing how you intend to further your music training and performance. 

     Dahlgren Vocational/Technical Award (one award for $1,000)

    Applicants must be currently enrolled in one or more of the identified Vocational/Technical programs offered by St.Helens and demonstrate an interest in continuing education in the same field by being enrolled in a related, certified post-secondary program. These programs include Building Construction, Auto Mechanics, Metals Fabrication, Culinary Arts, or Early Childhood Development. Completion of 2 ½ credits or more, a list of related courses taken in a Vocational/Technical program at SHHS, and related co-curricular and community activities are required. Include a brief description of your career goals, including how the Vocational/Technical Program Prepared you for these goals, and how this scholarship will help towards achieving these goals.

    The Foundation supports students at all grades in order to improve their academic opportunities.  We receive requests from teachers, administrators, and community members.  Received requests are reviewed, prioritized and funded if the Board deems the request is within the Foundation's scope and funds are available.  Examples of programs supported in the past include the 6th Grade Outdoor School and the Sacagawea Health Center.


    Board of Trustees
    Lea Anne Bradford
     Wendy Provins
    Burt Sweet
    Scott Bauska
    Carissa Chism~ Carissac@sthelens.k12.or.us
    Marjie Korpella ~ Marjiek@sthelens.k12.or.us
    The St. Helens Student Foundation
    (EIN: 93-1224204) has been granted tax-exempt
    status as a 501(c)(3) organization by the
    Internal Revenue Service.
    The St. Helens Student Foundation
    P.O. Box 1608
    St. Helens, Oregon 97051