Grays Harbor, in southwest Washington, is home to many Gonzaga alumni, students and prospects. Every year there are students graduating from high schools in Grays Harbor County, in towns such as Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Ocean Shores, Westport, Montesano and Elma (among others) that are admitted to Gonzaga, but simply do not have the funds to attend.
It is through identifying this obstacle for families of Grays Harbor that Jack Quigg (’10), and his family, helped to initiate the Grays Harbor Endowed Regional Scholarship last December. Jack Quigg graduated from Hoquiam High School before attending Gonzaga University for his undergraduate degree. Coming from a small town, the community-feel of Gonzaga and the real sense of family resonated with Jack. “Once I stepped on campus, I knew Gonzaga was definitely the place for me,” Jack says. “You’re not just a number at GU, you’re a part of a family; even now as an alumnus in the Seattle area, Gonzaga still keeps us connected through the Alumni Association.”
It became apparent to the Gonzaga alumni living in Grays Harbor that they needed to come up with a solution for these promising high school students to attend Gonzaga. “In Grays Harbor, everyone relies on everyone else,” Jack explains. “We’re a family too, just like the Gonzaga family.”
The regional scholarship has flourished with the support of the Grays Harbor community in this collective effort of sending well-deserving students to GU. “This endowment has stirred up a lot of excitement, and that’s really encouraging,” Jack says. “It makes me feel more involved as an alumnus; more connected with my community, with my home. The best part is that this scholarship will continue to bring together Zags, as each year a new set of students will connect with upcoming graduates from their hometown.”
Jack and his family encourage Grays Harbor Gonzaga alums, friends, families and fans to join them in ongoing support of this new scholarship. The more who contribute, the more who can begin and continue their Gonzaga education.
To make a gift online and provide support for future Grays Harbor students, visit www.gonzaga.edu/giveonline and simply click on “Grays Harbor Scholarship” under Regional Scholarships.
Other regional scholarships currently established are Alaska, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. If you would like to start a regional scholarship in your area please contact Shane Hatcher at (509) 313-6401 or email@example.com.