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Cedar Grove Composting Offers Four $2500 "Seeds for Scholars" Scholarships to Local High Schools

Monday, April 07, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Cedar Grove Composting Offers Four $2500

“Seeds for Scholars” Scholarship at High

Schools in King and Snohomish Counties

Family-owned company, with roots in local community since 1938, continues to invest regionally and locally in the neighborhoods it operates in

SEATTLE, Wash. – (April 7, 2014) – Cedar Grove Composting, one of nation’s leading innovators in collecting and processing organic materials from residential and commercial sources, will award four $2500 scholarships to graduating seniors at local high schools in 2014.  The scholarships are offered at:

Tahoma High School, Covington
Liberty High School, Renton 
Everett High School, Everett
Marysville School District 

The “Seeds for Scholars” scholarship program, launched in 2013 in three of the four districts, recognizes students based on demonstrated interest, action and achievement in issues surrounding sustainability and the environment.  This can include, but is not limited to, Green Team membership, completion of an Eagle Scout project involving building a garden, supporting school’s recycling and composting efforts, selecting environmental courses, attending nature or environmentally based summer camps, and more.

“The Everett Public Schools Foundation thanks Cedar Grove for their second year of commitment to our students by offering the “Seeds for Scholars” scholarship at Everett High School,” said Kristie Dutton, executive director, Everett Schools Foundation.  “The combined opportunity of dollars for school and internship with Cedar Grove provides a wonderful platform for hands-on learning in the field of environmental science.  This is an example of an integrated 21st Century skills and STEM related opportunity that is an example of the best of community/business/student partnership for success.”

Cedar Grove recently received the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s “Innovation in Issaquah” award and, in 2013, was recognized by the Secretary of State’s Corporations for Communities awards program.

“We are deeply invested in the communities we operate in and this entire region, providing green jobs and providing the infrastructure for recovering valuable resources through the composting process,” said Steve Banchero, owner and chief executive officer, Cedar Grove Composting.  “As a company, we ensure those materials return to schools and community gardens to grow healthy food for our region.  This scholarship program is another channel for Cedar Grove to invest in the future of these communities where we operate and where our employees live, work and play.”

Each scholarship includes:
  • $2500 payment made directly to the college of acceptance in 2014
  • The opportunity to be interviewed for a summer internship at Cedar Grove in the summer of 2014 and every summer thereafter while the student is in college
  • A dinner for each scholar and their parents 
“Tahoma High School is increasingly focused on finding ways to help students be better prepared for college and careers,” said Kevin Patterson, public information officer, Tahoma School District.  “We call it Future Ready and it embraces opportunities for students to learn more about the world beyond high school through internships, job shadows and other real-world experiences.  ‘Seeds for Scholars’ reflects the kind of learning experience we want students to have. We are grateful and fortunate that Cedar Grove offers this opportunity to students.”

Each student must demonstrate that they will graduate with a 3.0 or higher grade point average.  The student must have demonstrated leadership qualities throughout their high school career including such traits as respectful of teachers, helping other students, good sportsmanship, and compassion.

The student must be attending post high school education.  Students planning to attend four year universities, community colleges and vocational/technical colleges are all considered.
“The leadership we see demonstrated at the high school level on issues around sustainability and the environment is inspiring,” said Karen Dawson, director of community relations.  “We selected these schools because of their proximity to our facilities; these students are our neighbors and they represent the future of sustainability.”

To find out more, students can visit:  The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on April 11.

About Cedar Grove Composting
Cedar Grove Composting is a family-owned enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest's leading organics recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become one of the largest dedicated yard and food waste composting facilities in the United States.  For more information, please visit

 Washington State Recycling Association | 545 Andover Park W, Ste 209, Tukwila, WA 98188 | 206.244.0311 |

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