The Methow Valley Education Foundation (MVEF) is seeking to promote vocational education as a viable alternative to four-year university programs.

The foundation is setting aside a portion of a recent gift from the Red McComb estate, which will be used to fund at least two grants each year for students wishing to pursue a post–high school vocational or technical training program.

These grants will be in addition to the foundation’s two existing annual grants for community college or certified vocational and technical schools, which are funded by a local family.

The balance of the Red McComb legacy will be added to MVEF’s endowment fund. The income will be used to help increase the amount of the foundation’s grants from $1,500 to $2,000 annually, starting with the 2013-14 academic year. The increase will apply automatically to all existing and future grants.

Applications should be made on the general application form, which is available on the MVEF website (MVEducationfoundation.org), at Liberty Bell High School and at the Independent Learning Center. All MVEF application deadlines and awards are on the same schedule. Grant applications are due April 6.

For more information, contact board president Terry Karro at 996-2442 (or any other board member listed on their website), or email tlk@methownet.com.