The Methow Valley Education Foundation has established a new memorial scholarship in honor of Arnold R. Campbell.
In September, during a Methow Valley School District board of directors meeting, Superintendent Tom Venable presented Jennifer Zbyszewski, Methow Valley Education Foundation board president, with a check for $250,187 on behalf of Campbell’s estate. The Education Foundation will establish the scholarship with this donation.
Arnold “Arnie” Rodrick Campbell graduated from Twisp High School in 1967, where he was president of his class. Campbell went on to attend Washington State University and the Horstmager Culinary Institute. He was a chef and an avid skier, who placed a high value on all students having access to a wide range of secondary education opportunities.
He died this past spring, and directed that a large portion of his estate be used to help Methow Valley students pursue secondary education. His directive was to assist students who are not at the top of the class, but rather hard-working students with average grades, who need financial help to achieve their post-high school career goals.
Three of Campbell’s cousins met with Venable recently to discuss carrying out Campbell’s wishes. The superintendent put them in contact with Zbyszewski. The Methow Valley Education Foundation provides scholarships to Methow Valley students with financial need to help them attend colleges, universities, vocational and technical programs.
“As Arnie stated in his directive, students will be awarded scholarships ‘because of their desire to learn and do more with their lives, and not necessarily based on past academic performance,’” Zbyszewski said. “Arnie is leaving a legacy that will make a real difference in the lives of many Methow Valley students.”