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Jul 14

Meet the 2022 Washington Counties Scholarship Fund Recipients!

Posted on July 14, 2022 at 4:40 PM by Cella Hyde

The Washington Association of County Officials is honored to award three outstanding and hardworking students with scholarships from the Washington Counties Scholarship Fund.

"We are very excited to see high achieving individuals from geographically different parts of the state win this year," says Washington Association of County Officials Executive Director Jennifer Wallace, "It is a testament to the hard work and ambition of students throughout the state. It is a challenging time for young adults pursuing higher education. WACO is proud of the continued scholarship funding provided by our members in support of these students’ bright futures!”

We are pleased to announce that there were several VERY qualified applicants, however the committee was able to select three outstanding individuals for this year's awards.

About the Students:  

Luke F

Luke Fincher (San Juan County) – will be attending Western Washington University. The Friday Harbor High School graduate plans on studying psychology and environmental science. Luke’s father Bradly is an Adult Probation Officer for San Juan County.

Brianna J.Brianna Johnson (Cowlitz County) – will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Mark Morris High School graduate plans on studying astrophysics and language arts. Brianna’s father Marc Johnson is a Cowlitz County Sheriff Patrol Sergeant.
Erik M.Erik Ma (King County) – will be attending the University of California Berkely. The Interlake Highschool graduate plans on pursuing a career in business. Erik’s father Gang Ma is a Senior Application Developer for King County DJA.


The Washington Counties Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to the children of county employees in the State of Washington. Since 1993 the fund has awarded over $309,000 to eligible students. In 2015 the Washington State Association of Counties indicated they would no longer be contributing to the Washington Counties Scholarship Fund and ceasing participation.

On December 2, 2020 the Washington Association of County Officials Board of Trustees voted to again offer three students a scholarship award of $3,000 while reaffirming the annual $1,500 per affiliate fundraising goal.