John Gott Education Scholarship

The John Gott Educational Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. John Gott, former Superintendent of North Thurston School District, upon his retirement in 1991. The scholarship provides $2,000 annually to support the education of a graduating senior who intends to pursue a career in education.


  1. The applicant shall be a graduate from a high school in North Thurston Public Schools.
  2. The applicant shall have demonstrated skills necessary to succeed in the chosen post-secondary school.
  3. The applicant shall have demonstrated good citizenship and leadership qualities.
  4. The applicant shall intend to pursue a career in the field of education upon completion of post-secondary education.

To be considered for a Foundation Scholarship an applicant must:

  1. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation: One from a teacher or counselor that documents the qualities that will make you an excellent educator; and one from a member of the community who is not a relative of the applicant or employed in the applicant’s school describing the applicant’s leadership and community service in non-school related activity or activities in the community.
  2. Submit a short essay explaining: What do you consider to be the most difficult challenge that teachers will face in the next 10 years and why.
  3. Submit a transcript of grades
  4. Submit a completed application form and all required documents as one unit. If an on-line application is completed, this information should be noted in the packet.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Due Date
Completed applications are to be submitted to the high school counseling or career centers or mailed to NTEF on or before the due date posted annually on

The NTEF Board of Trustees Scholarship Selection Committee reviews all applications and selects recipients. The selection process must comply with the nondiscrimination provision of the Bylaws, Article 11, Section 10.

Application Forms
Application forms may be obtained from the high school counselor’s office or by clicking on the button below.