Of all the changes that have occurred in the last year, our schools have been hit hard by some of the biggest and worst challenges. Teachers have had to adapt to teaching remotely, students have lost one of the most important social and mental development settings available, and parents have had to worry about how to keep their children safe, while balancing their own daily work and well-being. We do not have to imagine how taxing this has been on everyone’s mental health.

Rotary of Everett

Despite the cancelled graduation ceremonies, and the difficulty of teaching and learning from home, everyone has persisted. Everett area high school seniors looking to pursue a career in behavioral health or related fields, have an opportunity through Compass Health compasshealth.org,  and Rotary of Everett everettrotary.com The 6,000 scholarship is available to current high school seniors at Everett, Cascade and Sequoia high schools.

Compass Health’s chief development and communications officer, Tom Kozaczynski shared, “Now, more than ever, our behavioral health systems are facing pressure to respond to the increase in individuals reaching out to receive treatment for mental health challenges, and we want to help foster a bright future for the workforce that will ultimately ensure our communities are cared for and supported.”

The Scholarship winner will be announced in May 2021 at the Rotary Club of Everett’s annual scholarship awards ceremony. In 2020, the Rotary Club of Everett provided $214,000 in scholarships to 47 students from the Everett area.

Visit the Everett Public Schools website if you or someone you know is interested in applying. Applications close March 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

If you personally want to support the Everett Public School District, then attend the 27th Everett Public School District Foundation’s Annual Benefit.  As the threat of COVID-19 continues to put in-person events on hold, the Foundation’s benefit event has gone virtual.

For those interested, you can register to attend the benefit event here for free or provide a donation here. The event will be hosted on the platform OneCause on Wednesday, March 3rd starting at 8:00 AM.

The EPSF depends on this yearly fundraiser, titled A Better Tomorrow Starts Today, to support students, teachers and the district staff through Classroom Grants, First Year Teacher grants, and the Superintendent Scholar Award and award ceremony. In addition to grants, the EPSF also provides funding for innovative and critical programs for High School and Beyond Nights, the Everett Ready program, college exploration field trips for all 8th graders, summer school tuition assistance, college bound scholarships, and the ever-necessary Stuff the Bus event, providing backpacks, binders, and school supplies to children in need.

Since becoming a partner to the district and community in 1985, the Foundation has contributed over 5 million dollars in program support.


Elise Detloff is a Washington State University graduate with a degree in Strategic Communication and a minor in Digital Technology and Culture. An Everett-born old soul, she loves to write, draw, bake sweets and play music.
While her degree focused on public relations and advertising, Elise's first passion was for journalism and she's excited to be helping write for the Everett Post.
She also has played clarinet for 12 years and was a member of the WSU Cougar Marching Band while at college.