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Awarding scholarships to qualified Upper Columbia Academy students year after year by developing partnerships with individuals, families and groups who desire to invest lasting financial support.

History & Vision

FoundationONE (formerly UCA Foundation) was incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization to raise, prudently manage and steward an Endowment Fund. According to the Bylaws, the sole purpose of the Endowment is to award grants and scholarships to qualified young people, making it possible for them to engage in UCA’s life transforming education.

As of May 31, 2018, the FoundationONE Endowment Fund has $3.5 million in assets. The cost of providing a private education is significant and it continues to climb. Therefore the Foundation is positioning itself for continuous growth. As president Mindy Weber says, “Continuing to grow is paramount to our mission. Our 2-3 year goal is to reach $5 million, and then the next goal will be to double that amount. Ultimately our goal is to grow the Endowment to the point that the School and Upper Columbia Conference can count on the Foundation to fulfill all the scholarship and grant needs of motivated students who wish to attend UCA.”

Since its inception in 2004, FoundationONE has awarded nearly $1 million to UCA students. Interested students may complete the FoundationONE Grant Application.


Management of FoundationONE is by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board consists of forward-thinking alumni and friends of UCA. They oversee all aspects of the Foundation, including fundraising, investing, and awarding of grants and scholarships.

Board of Directors

Mindy Weber, President

Debbie Nelson, Vice President

Dan Frickle, Treasurer

Linda Klinger, Secretary/Executive Director

Don Ammon

Brent Featherston

Mickey Meyer

Allan Roth

Jaclin Smith

Doug Wells

Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH


Doug Wells

Doug Wells has more than 40 years of experience as a public school teacher and administrator. Toward the end of his career he directed the alternative educational programs and also taught at the University of Redlands (CA). Doug is an innovator and he loves pulling ideas and people together. The Foundation has greatly benefitted under his leadership, and his strong vision and hard work bodes well for its future success.

Even though the bulk of his career was in the public education arena, Doug maintained close ties with the Adventist education system. He says, “There has never been a doubt in my mind that Christian schools are where our students receive the best training for life and a preparation for the eternal life to follow.” His service as a member of church school boards made him painfully aware of the huge financial strain that families face when endeavoring to keep their students in “our” schools. Thus, when asked to serve on the FoundationONE board, there was no hesitation—he saw it as an opportunity to pay forward some of the assistance he, himself, received as a UCA student.


Jaclin Smith

Jaclin Smith brings to the FoundationONE board a wealth of experience in business. She has been working the past 50 years in developing and operating senior health care facilities. She has served on three academy boards (Auburn, Mt. Ellis and UCA) and two terms on the Walla Walla College Board.

The third generation of the Smith family is now attending UCA. Jaclin prays daily for her grandchildren, that they will come away with the same beliefs and life-long friendships that she gained during her academy career.

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Dan Frickle, Treasurer

Dan Frickle, CPA, graduated from Mt. Ellis Academy in 1974, which sparked his passion for Christian education. Early in his career Dan developed a love for the non-profit world when he served as a trustee on the Valley Hospital Foundation Board.

Dan spent the bulk of his career doing accounting and auditing and providing tax expertise for non-profit organizations. He has managed audits ranging in size from $1 million to $275 million in net assets. In 2006 he officially retired, but he continues to work part time in public accounting and consulting with non-profits. Dan and his wife, Vicky, enjoy their two married children, three grandchildren, and travel.


Linda Klinger, Secretary/Executive Director

Linda Klinger has been raising philanthropic dollars for good causes for more than 20 years. Prior to joining FoundationONE (January 1, 2013), Linda worked eleven years building up the philanthropic potential for Gem State Academy. During her years at GSA, annual giving increased from $125,000/year to over $700,000/year.

Adventist secondary education in a boarding school environment is Linda’s passion. She attributes much of her success in life to the mentoring she received at Adelphian Academy (Michigan). Her more recent interactions with Gem State Academy students have confirmed her conviction that the boarding school experience still holds great value. “It is a great place to grow, make friends, and discover God’s purpose.”


Mickey Meyer

Mickey grew up in a strong Christian home where Adventist Education was a priority. He graduated from Gem State Academy, then went on to Walla Walla College. During his second year of college he met Verdene Libby. The following summer they got married and began a ranching career with Mickey's parents. Eventually they had three children who all enjoyed ranch life—with cows, horses, haying and farming.

Eleven years later Mickey felt called to the gospel ministry so he moved the family back to Walla Walla College. In 1975 Mickey completed his theology degree and began a twenty year career in pastoral ministry.

In 1995 Mickey recognized that his parents needed help with the ranch, so Mickey and Verdene went back “home” to Midvale, Idaho. Over the next several years, Mickey got involved with a number of entrepreneurial pursuits, and eventually became the owner/manager of Granger Butte Ranch.

In 2012 Mickey and Verdene moved to Hayden, Idaho to work with their son, Skip, at Highpoint Medical, Inc., a medical-dental practice management company in Coeur d'Alene. He is proud to join with other visionaries who want to secure Adventist education for future generations.

Brent Featherston

Brent Featherston is a 5th generation Adventist, a 1983 UCA graduate, and an ardent supporter of Adventist education. He has served several terms on the Sandpoint Junior Academy board where his wife, Robyn (Cawdery) Featherston, ’82, is currently serving as head teacher (grades 5-8). Brent is proud to join with the other FoundationONE visionaries who want to secure Adventist education at UCA for future generations.

Brent has been a partner of Featherston Law Firm for over 20 years. He graduated in 1988, cum laude, from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Arts in history, with honors in general studies and a minor in business administration. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 1992.

Brent and Robyn have two children: Conner (UCA class of 2013) and Micaela (UCA class of 2015). In his free time, Brent enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors with family.


Allan Roth

Allan Roth recently joined the FoundationONE board. Born and raised in California, D. Allan Roth graduated from Monterey Bay Academy, Pacific Union College, and the University of Indiana Savings and Loan School of Banking. After military service in the U.S. Army he began his banking career at Fort Sutter Savings and Loan in Sacramento. Four years later he was offered a position in Walla Walla at First Federal Savings and Loan which later became Banner Bank. After 35 years with the bank he retired as Executive Vice-president and Treasurer.

He is married to Diana and they have two grown daughters, Cindi Roth Merrills and Stephanie Roth Windemuth. They also have six brilliant grandchildren, one of whom attends UCA. They are proud supporters of UCA, WWU and the Seattle Seahawks.


Don Ammon

Don and his wife Sharon (Beck) are both graduates of Upper Columbia Academy, class of 1960. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walla Walla College and an MBA from Andrews University.

Don began his 43-year career in healthcare at Hinsdale Hospital in 1964. Three years later, he joined the administrative team at Adventist Health/Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Oregon. He became president of AMC and served in that capacity until he relocated in 1983 to Roseville, California, to serve at the new Adventist Health corporate headquarters.

From January 1999 to December 2007, Don served as president and CEO of Adventist Health. In this position, he oversaw operations throughout Adventist Health’s four-state service area, which included 20 acute-care hospitals with more than 3,000 beds, 17,000 employees, 16 home care agencies, clinics and outpatient centers.

Don and his wife, Sharon, have a passion for Adventist education. Don recently completed two terms on the UCA Board, and Sharon is currently serving on the Palisades Christian Academy board. The couple has two adult children and four grandchildren. Don and Sharon reside in Liberty Lake, Washington.


Debbie Nelson, Vice President

Debbie Nelson and her husband, Jeff, are passionate about Adventist education. They moved to the Spokane area in 2004 especially so their son and daughter could attend Upper Columbia Academy. While their son, Christopher, was at UCA, Debbie served as the director of the newly established UCA Foundation (now known as FoundationONE).

In 2008, their son, Christopher, graduated and that fall their daughter, Lindsay, entered as a freshman. That summer (2008) Debbie began working as the VP for Finance at UCA. After seven years of being blessed by the rich, activity-filled life of academy students—experiencing miracle after miracle, and seeing how God continues to care for His school and His kids—Debbie “retired” from UCA. She now works from home for a Boise-based law firm.

Debbie loves hiking, camping, gardening, beekeeping, and animals of all kinds. She values spending time with her family and friends, and she continues to stay in touch with her UCA kids and family.


Mindy Weber, President

Mindy is a 1985 graduate of UCA and a 1990 graduate of Andrews University (M.S. in Physical Therapy). She has more than 20 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist, Medical Practice Consultant and Office Administrator. In February, 2013 Mindy, her husband and another partner, fulfilled a long-time dream—the opening of a new assisted living community, The Renaissance at Coeur d’Alene. As executive director of the facility Mindy is working to provide impeccable care and highest quality service.

Mindy believes that everyone should have the opportunity of a Christian education. Mindy and her husband, Fred, have two sons, Eric and Jacob.


Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH

Keith has a passion for Adventist education and a belief that finding Jesus early, and discovering his many faces through K-12 years, prepares a person for a balanced life of service in the Master's footsteps. Keith's wife, Joyce, and their three children, all graduates of UCA, are close reminders of the invaluable experience one is blessed with from their years there. Keith has been involved with the Upper Columbia Conference Board of Education and has chaired the steering committee at Palisades Christian Academy in Spokane. He has served the Spokane community as a family physician since 1985 and been involved in the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. Keith is proud to join this board of individuals working hard to make the UCA experience affordable for every student who wants to be there.


Our Impact

Since FoundationONE was organized in 2004, it has awarded more than 600 scholarships. These scholarships have deeply impacted the individual students. Here are a few of their stories.





Polly’s Story

The Ruud Family

Andrea’s Story

Joe’s Story

Joe’s Story

Joe arrived at UCA as a freshman. His mother had just lost a long battle with cancer, and he and his siblings had been parceled out to whoever would have them. It was a rough school year—Joe struggled with grades, appropriate behavior, and relationships. He quickly became the centerpiece of many faculty prayer sessions.

Joe received a grant from FoundationOne, funding from other sources, and faithfully worked off as much of his school bill as possible. Without backing from home, however, his bill began to mount. By late in his sophomore year he was facing a financial crisis. The UCA faculty and staff prayed and told their friends about Joe’s need. Miracle dollars began to pour in—enough to cover not only his bill, but also the bills of 12 other students who also were in financial crisis!

His junior year Joe decided he wanted to go on the mission trip, but, of course, he didn’t have the money. This time HE prayed, day after day. Would God answer HIS prayer? Days turned into weeks and he was tempted to give up. Finally, just before the deadline to purchase tickets, a donation came in. Joe was ecstatic—not only could he go, but God had honored HIS prayer!

Joe admired his dean of men, John Willis. One evening Joe cornered him, “Hey Dean. . . how do you become a leader around here?” Dean sat down with Joe and they talked late into the night—about how to become a Christian gentleman, a caring friend, an involved church member, a responsible leader.

Joe followed Dean Willis’ advice and became a Resident Assistant and got involved with the Student Association and campus ministries. “The UCA staff mentored me in leadership,” he says, “and it was such a great year!”

Joe’s experience on the UCA gymnastic team pointed him toward a career goal. Following graduation Joe spent some time in Puerto Rico where he served as an assistant coach for a gymnastics team. He says, “I found myself drawn to those who got injured. Watching them struggle to maintain hope while working hard to get well reminded me of my own journey. It just felt good to help them and encourage them. Thus I have decided to become a Physical Therapist. It is where I belong.”

Joe has taken some classwork toward a Physical Therapy major. However, he is taking it slowly, working as a PT Aid and taking classwork as he is able. “I don’t mind,” he says. “At UCA I learned that hard work gets you places.”

Joe hopes one day to get married, have a family, and go on mission trips. Short term or long term—it doesn’t matter—Joe is open to however God may lead. He says, “I love going on mission trips because I sometimes lose perspective and think everyone has more than I have. Then I go on a mission and I find people with less, contented and praising God. It puts me in my place! I also like missions because many people have helped me along the way and through missions I get to pay some of that forward.”

Joe is eager to acknowledge some of the people who mentored him: “When I was tempted to give up, Mr. Soule would say, ‘Man up, Joe.’ Mrs. Turner would give me some motherly love. Pastor Fred would pray with me. And Mrs. Wickward would give me some motherly advice. I will never, ever forget those wonderful people. They had a profound influence on my life.”

Joe hopes to live his life so that his children and grandchildren will remember him as someone who always noticed and responded to people in need—emotional, physical, financial—whatever the need, Joe would always help.

Joe says “So much of what I do every day is what I learned at UCA. I would not be where I am without those wonderful people. They prayed for me, shared their wisdom with me, taught me how to work, and modeled how to live. Their guidance put me on a positive course, and there are no words to express my gratitude. Of course, I also owe a debt of gratitude to the UCA Foundation and the many people—some of them I don’t even know—who helped to fund my UCA education.”

Andrea’s Story

She was a confused, broken teen, bent on ending her own life. But unconditional love and prayer changed her life forever.

When Andrea read in her older sister’s journal, “I feel God at UCA,” Andrea decided that, when she was old enough, she would go to UCA. She hoped UCA would take her troubles away. But by the third week of her freshman year, she felt herself falling into a deeper depression than she had known before.

Andrea decided on a plan. She would commit suicide, and she would do it during the freshman campout. On the night appointed she waited for all the students and staff to go to bed. When almost everyone had gone to their tents she sat at the campfire alone, feeling empty and angry at God. Her purpose in staying up after everyone else was to yell at God one more time and then go to bed and never wake up again.

Finally everyone was asleep. She was happy to be alone at last! Now she could carry out the actions her aching heart craved. But God interrupted her plans by sending Pastor Matt, who had been walking around in the woods with a small group of her classmates. They came and sat down near the campfire to pray. When he saw Andrea, he invited her to join them. Andrea says, “I was angry with God. I wanted to yell at him! I wanted to put Him in His place! But when it came my turn to pray, these are the words that came out of my mouth: ’Thank you for saving me, in more than one way, tonight.’”

Sitting there on the log by the campfire, Andrea felt and understood clearer than ever before God’s love and sacrifice in sending Jesus to die for her sins. That night Andrea accepted Jesus into her broken heart and thus began a long process of healing.

Andrea’s enemy (Satan) didn’t like her decision. Not at all! He crafted one trial after another. Andrea tried desperately to cling to her new Friend (Jesus), but she had a lot of bad habits. Sometimes she succumbed to her old addictions. Thus, her freshman year was very tumultuous. Finally, just before the end of the school year, Andrea was asked to leave UCA. She was just too unstable to participate in the educational program.

Andrea went to live with her grandparents. “It was all a part of God’s plan,” she says, “I had been introduced to God, and I understood how to succeed in the Christian life. So every morning I got up at 4:00 a.m., went to my comfy chair on the porch, and watched the sun come up as I read my devotional book and prayed.”

One day, toward the end of the summer Andrea looked into the mirror and said, “Wow! This is the first day that I don’t feel like killing myself!”

Andrea believes that persevering in one’s relationship with God is important. Some mornings she didn’t feel like rolling out of bed, much less spending time with God. “But,” she says, “I found great healing power in worship.”

The following year Andrea was back at UCA. She had more ups and downs, but the ups were getting longer and the downs were getting shorter.

Andrea can’t say enough good words about the UCA faculty. “They truly serve from their hearts,” she says. “During my difficult freshman year, I went to one teacher’s house and cried most every day. He and his wife lovingly cared for me and prayed for me. Another teacher took me in every time I got suspended. Another faculty member bought me long sleeve shirts after my arms were badly cut up from self-harm. Another noticed that I was embarrassed with my crooked teeth and arranged for an orthodontist to fix them. That kind of unconditional love was very healing, very life changing!”

Friends were also important to Andrea’s healing process. Her junior year she roomed with Amanda Bauer whose friend group welcomed her with open arms. Those friendship bonds profoundly impacted her life, and by the time she graduated in 2010, Andrea had developed confidence as a leader. She became a speaker for a week of prayer and she served as the assistant head resident assistant her senior year.

Following graduation, Andrea took a Bible Worker training course and began giving bible studies. While this work was fulfilling, Andrea found herself longing to work with youth. She began to pray about it.

Then one day in December of 2012 Andrea received a Facebook message from Chelle Hess, a friend and the girls’ dean at UCA. Chelle was messaging her to see if she would serve as an assistant girls’ dean. Andrea accepted the call and she just recently finished her second year back at UCA. She says, “The teenage years are a very delicate stage of life. It is fun to be a part of the girls’ lives, to watch them mature into the women God created them to be. God is giving me the privilege of passing along some of the hugs, smiles, and encouraging words that helped me so much!”

Polly’s Story

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Three weeks after I was born, I was taken away from my birth mother and put into a foster home, because my mother was not fit to raise a child in her current state. My foster family was not planning to keep me for more than two weeks. But two weeks turned into two months, and two months turned into two years, and by then the Officer family was completely and totally in love with me, and they adopted me.

I’m not the only one who has been adopted. Actually, I am one of 16 children, with ages ranging from 36 to three. If you count down from oldest to youngest, I’m number ten. I was raised in a beautiful Adventist home in Inchelium, Washington which is approximately an hour from the Canadian border.

Music is my oxygen, without it I would suffocate. Music has always been a huge part of my life. As far back as I can remember I was singing in a trio with my two older sisters, Suzanna and Samantha. If I was cleaning, studying, or competing, I was always singing. My parents were always supportive of my music, supplying me with lessons for violin and piano, and taking me to the local children’s choir and orchestra to expand my musical horizons.

I heard about Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) throughout my childhood, primarily from my youth director in my home church. Every time she got a chance, she would tell us about how UCA was a Christ- centered school, with amazing academics, and a wonderful faculty. Suzanna and I always dreamed of going, but knew we couldn’t afford it.

In the winter of 2009, my grandmother took me on a very special trip and I got to go to the “Christmas at the Fox” concert that UCA holds every year. I was blown away! And I remember thinking afterward how awesome it would be to go to a school like UCA.

I talked with my parents frequently about the possibility of going Upper Columbia Academy, but the answer was always the same, “We can’t afford to send you to a private school, and besides, we don’t like the idea of you leaving home so soon.”

Slowly, UCA faded from my mind. I continued my home-school education until 7th grade, when I switched to a little Christian K-12 school. Then my sister, Suzanna, decided that she had go to UCA! She prayed and pushed forward and eventually she convinced my parents that UCA’s environment was positive and nurturing, teaching responsibility and other good things and, in the end, through hard work, scholarships and God, she was able to enroll.

The fact that Suzanna got to go reopened my mind to the possibility. Still, it was difficult to envision. How could my family ever manage with two students at a private school? I decided to pray about it. It would definitely take a miracle!

Eventually my father talked with the financial advisor at the school, Debbie Nelson, and discovered that I would qualify for a FoundationONE scholarship. I applied, and won a scholarship! Thus I was able to come to UCA for my sophomore year.

Now I am a junior, and a very active one. I play violin in the orchestra and I am a member of Choraliers (the select choir). I enjoy every single millisecond of UCA’s music program. When we perform and I see the way that we impact people’s lives through God’s precious gift of music, it literally blows me away.

I am also involved with sharing God’s love—anything from raking someone’s yard, to writing a card of encouragement to a homesick dorm student. This year, I am also attempting to go on a mission trip to India, in March, to share the gospel.

Actually, everything about UCA is wonderful. The people are super friendly and caring. The faculty couldn’t be more encouraging and loving. They literally make you feel right at home the second you step foot on campus. They are also a huge spiritual influence. The academics, which strengthen you and prepare you for the real world, are also excellent.

Besides being adopted by the Officer family, UCA is the best thing that has ever happened to me! I would recommend it to anyone. I cherish every minute I have on this campus, and I thank all of those generous hearts who have helped not only me, but many others to have this “experience of a lifetime.” Thank you, and God bless.

The Ruud Family Story

Listen to the Ruud family share their experience.

When we had our precious kids, we decided to home school them. It was an incredible blessing, and the time flew by. Before we knew it, our son, Niqolas, was ready for high school. Our only option in Ellensburg, WA was the local public school.

We thought about UCA, but we knew there was no way we could pay for a private education. My husband, Sean, had a good job, but I've been ill for 11 years with Lyme disease and co-infections. We spend anywhere from $2000-$4000 per month on my medical treatment.

Thus we were fearful as we thought about the education of our children. We began to pray and ask questions. Debbie Nelson (VP for Finance at UCA) connected us with some scholarship monies, including one from FoundationONE. Niq got a job, and—miracle of miracles—we discovered that the monthly payments were doable!

So, through buckets of tears, we took Niq to UCA. He loved it from the start. His sophomore year began as did his freshman year—with God and His people providing the necessary financial aid. But, mid-year my husband, Sean, lost his job.

I called Debbie Nelson in tears! Unless God intervened, we would have to pull Niq out of UCA and send him to public school. Within 48 hours Debbie called me back and said that God had provided. FoundationONE had had an excellent year and was able to provide some additional funding, and a few others had pledged to help too. Niq could stay!

My husband tried to find a steady job in Ellensburg, but ended up doing odd jobs. It was enough to put food on the table and make the house payment. We had to borrow money for my medical treatment and medications, and we were going into debt rapidly.

Before long it was time to figure out what to do for both Niq and Kate. Niq was ready for his junior year and Kate for her freshman year. The kids and I wrote over 100 letters to our family and friends asking for help so that they to go to UCA.

Amazingly, our family and friends showered our kids with love and commitments and we also received more financial aid from FoundationONE. Halfway through that school year my husband found work. Although it was in South Dakota and didn't pay very well, it turned out to be a blessing for it was there that we found some helpful alternative treatments. So we sold our house in Ellensburg, used the money to pay off my medical debt, and made the move.

As you can imagine, it was terribly difficult being so far away from our children. We are a close family, and we treasure every minute with our growing teens. But we were willing to make the sacrifice because we believe Christian education is important… both for the present world and for the world to come.

Toward the end of the school year, God opened up a way for us to move back closer to them. Sean got a part time job in Pendleton, OR. Unfortunately we didn't have money for a house, as it had been used up to pay off my medical expenses. We ended up living with Sean's parents until we could find other living arrangements.

Suddenly, Niq's senior year and Kate's sophomore year was upon us. Thankfully, we had some credit from the generosity of our friends and family. That got us started. Then both kids applied and Kate received another grant from FoundationONE (Niq didn’t need one). It looks like Niq will be able to graduate without a bill, and hopefully by year end we won’t owe very much for Kate either.

We praise God for His provision for our family. We treasure our children and know that their time at UCA has been and continues to be a blessing. Upper Columbia Academy is a place of preparation and development for our children, a place where God’s Spirit communicates His purpose, and life-changing decisions are made. Our children have an amazing walk with the Lord. We couldn't ask for anything more!

To all the generous people who have ever given to the FoundationONE endowment, I want to say Thank you! You have helped make dreams come true for me and my family.

Emma's Story

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Danny's Story

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Heather's Story

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Sid's Story

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Grants & Scholarships

FoundationONE has committed $156,000 in Grants and Scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. Ultimately it is the goal of FoundationONE to be able to support every qualifying student in his/her quest to attend UCA. However, until we reach our financial objectives, we may have to decline some students. Consideration is given on a first come, first served and greatest-need basis.

FoundationONE offers grants to students who demonstrate financial need. To verify need parents will be asked to submit the first page of their IRS Form 1040 which shows family size and AGI. We also consider other factors such as number of students in private school, recent job losses, or medical challenges.

All applications are reviewed by the FoundationONE Scholarship Committee and families are notified just prior to the beginning of the school year. At this time, FoundationONE grants range between $500 and $2,000 per year. The deadline for grant applications is July 31. For a second semester grant, the deadline is December 31.

Apply for a FoundationONE Grant

Please send your completed Grant application to:
UCA Finance Office
3025 E Spangle Waverly Rd
Spangle, WA 99031-9703

Our Named Scholarships

FoundationONE is blessed to have alumni and friends from around the world, who through their vision and generosity, enable students to participate in life-changing Adventist education at Upper Columbia Academy. A named scholarship perpetuates a legacy, and each scholarship has a unique story to tell. The most common reason individuals or organizations set up named scholarships is to honor a living person or to perpetuate the memory of a deceased person.

The individual or family establishing the fund determines the criteria for awards. Thus, some funds require an application, while others don’t. Some funds are need-based, while others are merit-based. The criteria varies from fund to fund, based on the values and interests of the individual being honored.

FoundationONE’s Named Scholarships:

Wayne Hooper Memorial Brass Scholarship

Olin Peach Memorial Scholarship

Eric Molstead Memorial Scholarship

Faye R. Kwapien Memorial Scholarship

Littler Family Scholarship

Lamberton Family Scholarship

Sheila lynn Larson Scholarship


Wayne Hooper Memorial Brass Scholarship

Wayne Hooper was born for music! He dedicated his entire life to composing, arranging, singing, playing, recording, publishing and directing. For the glory of God and the promotion of His Gospel. His original music and arrangements total more than 1,500 songs, including his best-loved We Have This Hope, which was written for the 1962 General Conference session of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and is still loved and sung in Adventist churches around the world.

Wayne particularly enjoyed brass instruments. He played trombone, French horn, and baritone horn; and he composed many arrangements for brass. In recognition of this passion, Wayne and his family, before his death in 2007, envisioned a perpetual endowment that would encourage budding musicians to develop their talent, thus continuing Wayne’s tradition of excellence in sacred brass music.

Through this fund Wayne Hooper’s family and friends have made possible four $1,500 scholarships for UCA students or prospective students.

Eligibility Criteria: Successful candidates will be UCA students or prospective students with a passion for music. They will be earnestly developing skills with brass instruments. They must be consistent in practice and able to demonstrate progress in their musical abilities. They will exhibit leadership qualities and be considering a career in music.

Apply for a Wayne Hooper Brass Music Scholarship

GIVE to the Wayne Hooper Scholarship Fund today!

Olin Peach Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Olin Peach served as UCA’s beloved History teacher, mission trip coordinator, and ski club facilitator for more than 40 years. While Mr. Peach loved all students, his heart was especially drawn to achievers—those students who studied hard even though they may have achieved only average grades, those students who developed a positive work ethic and contributed significantly to their school bill.

Following Mr. Peach’s death, April 9, 2010, his family decided to continue his legacy by recognizing student achievers. Former students, parents and friends who wish to acknowledge the positive influence Mr. Peach had in their lives are encouraged to support the Olin Peach Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Eligibility Criteria: For returning UCA students with financial need who exhibit an outstanding work ethic, put forth strong academic effort, and who are good citizens. Recipients of the Olin Peach Memorial Scholarship are selected by the UCA faculty

GIVE to the Olin Peach Memorial Scholarship Fund today!

Eric Molstead Memorial Scholarship

Eric Molstead, a member of the Upper Columbia Academy Class of 1980, died in an airplane accident while returning from his 25th Class Reunion in 2005. The Eric Molstead Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to encourage and support young women interested in Math and Science careers. "Educational research has shown that women are under-represented in science and technology. Hopefully the Eric Molstead Scholarship will enhance girls' beliefs about their math/science abilities," says Richard Molstead, Eric's father, and Fund Agent. This $1,500 scholarship is renewable each year for students who remain at UCA and who maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Scholarship Criteria: UCA freshmen ladies who demonstrate interest and academic achievement in science and/or math, and who plan to pursue a career in science or math are eligible to apply.

Apply for an Eric Molstead Memorial Scholarship

GIVE to the Eric Molstead Memorial Scholarship Fund today!

Faye R. (Prewitt) Kwapien Memorial Scholarship

Faye R. (Prewitt) Kwapien, ’51, never got to graduate with her UCA class. It was not due to a lack of appreciation, however. In fact, she loved UCA. But, her father had just passed away, and her mother was struggling to pay the medical bills and keep food on the table for her nine children. So, Faye decided the best way to help the family was to quit school and get a job.

Despite her own financial challenges, Faye found a way to send her four children to UCA. Her whole life she believed in the life-changing nature of Christian education. Because of this, her husband, Ted, after her death in May 2014, decided to establish a Named Scholarship Fund to assist students with obtaining a Christian education at UCA.

Scholarship Criteria: Students must demonstrate financial need; must reside within the territory of Upper Columbia Conference; must maintain a 3.0 GPA; and must complete a Faye R. (Prewitt) Kwapien Memorial Scholarship Application Form.

Apply for a Faye R. (Prewitt) Kwapien Memorial Scholarship

Give to the Faye R. (Prewitt) Kwapien Memorial Scholarship fund today!

Littler Family Scholarship

The Littler family is a quiet, hard-working farm family from Troy, Idaho. They love YVA/UCA, and when Walter Littler made out his will, he designated $15,000 for an endowment for student scholarships. He said, “Four generations of Littlers graduated from YVA/UCA, and we just want to say Thanks!”

Eligibility Criteria: Student need. Distributions from the Littler Family Fund are presented along with FoundationONE’s general grants.

Give to the Littler Family Scholarship fund today!

Lamberton Family Scholarship

The Lamberton family began when Katie Suttmann married Henry Lamberton at the turn of the 20th century. Katie’s parents traveled from Germany when Katie was a girl, and Henry’s ancestor served with George Washington in the war for independence. Henry and Katie became Dakotans, though in time, hard weather and die-hard hope pushed them west.

In 1920, Henry and Katie moved, with their family of nine children, from South Dakota to Washington State, but the land that Henry had purchased was not as advertised. It was desert and without water—unsuitable for homesteading. The Lambertons, who had a train-car stocked with children and farm tools, took the advice of a helpful family and moved to the Elk/Camden region of Washington where Henry’s logging skills could help feed his family.

During their stay in Elk, their 10th child was born, and Elk is also where they met a woman who could answer their questions about the Bible. Henry and Katie had begun keeping Saturday as Sabbath in the Dakotas after reading two books they’d purchased from a “one-armed colporteur,” who sold the sympathetic Katie, Patriarchs and Prophets and Prophets and Kings, by Ellen G. White.

In 1923 the family moved near the Canadian border in Okanogan County—settling in Brewster, Washington, where they found steady work in the apple orchards. In the next decade, three more children joined the family, making a total of fourteen children. By this time the oldest children were high-school age, and Henry and Katie determined to send their children to the Adventist high school, Yakima Valley Academy (YVA).

According to YVA/UCA alumni records, Henry and Katie had children at YVA/UCA for 27 years (1923 until 1950)! The stories of how the family afforded this education is not uncommon in the history of SDA schools. They worked! Every penny mattered and work of any form, and in any amount, paid for school.

This dedication to Adventist schooling marked the family. In a region and in an era when so many young men and women quit school, Katie Lamberton insisted on education. Some of her children attended only YVA/UCA, but others were rowdy and saw several schools before graduation, but they all stuck to it. Along the way, if a child didn’t seem serious, Grandpa Lamberton could remove him from school and put the boy on one end of a loggers cross-cut saw until school began to look like a good idea.

In 2011, Henry and Katie’s oldest grandson, Jerry Dawes, UCA ’52, decided it was time the Lamberton family began demonstrating their gratitude to YVA/UCA. By now, the 4th generation of Lamberton teens were being educated at UCA and the total number of Lamberton alumni was approaching 100!

Each year, at the Lamberton family reunion, Jerry would “pass the hat” and collect a little offering. Thus began the “Lamberton Family Fund.” Jerry says, “YVA and UCA have deeply affected our family. The values we learned at YVA/UCA have shaped and brightened our lives in so many ways. We owe a debt of gratitude that money can never repay. We just want to pass on the benefit we received to the next generation.”

In 2016 Jerry Dawes passed the leadership of the Lamberton Family Fund to his nephews, Henry Lamberton, ’66, and Dan Lamberton, ’67.The purpose of the Fund is to assist hard-working Hispanic students in obtaining a quality education at UCA. Many Hispanic students come from families who work in the orchards and on farms as did the Lamberton children.

Eligibility Criteria: Student need. Distributions from the Lamberton Family Fund are presented along with FoundationONE’s general grants.

Give to the Lamberton family Scholarship fund today!

Sheila lynn Larson Scholarship

Sheila Lynn Larson was a stellar homemaker, a fine craftsman, and a lover of music. The Sheila Lynn Larson Scholarship is for Upper Columbia Academy students who have an interest in some of the things Sheila enjoyed—music, home economics, and industrial arts.

Sheila loved to crochet! She taught herself to crochet, and each Christmas she blessed family and friends with beautiful hand-made Afghans, table runners, and doilies.

Sheila worked alongside her husband, Allen, in the cabinet making shop, operating the machines with precision as she cut and assembled cabinet parts. One of the last projects that she and Allen did together was the cabinets in the new UCA cafeteria.

Sheila did not, as a child, get to learn a musical instrument, but she saw to it that her kids did! Bryan, her son, says, “Mom encouraged both Tonya and me to learn the piano. Then we learned woodwinds, trumpet, and guitar. This impacted me greatly, as I now have a lifelong love of music!”

In recognition of her dedication to God, family, and community, her husband has established a memorial scholarship fund to benefit Upper Columbia Academy students.

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for a Sheila Lynn Larson scholarship, students must attend UCA, demonstrate an interest in music, home economics, or industrial arts, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Students must write a short essay and complete the Sheila Lynn Larson Application form.

Apply for a Sheila Lynn Larson Scholarship

Give to the Sheila Lynn Larson Scholarship fund today!


Our Endowment

The FoundationONE endowment is managed by the Wealth Management Team at Washington Trust Bank. The FoundationONE endowment is administered according to the Endowment Fund Investment Policy which calls for a balanced portfolio maximizing returns and minimizing risk. This group of professional investment strategists manage endowments for many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Currently they have under administration more than $3.3 billion.

FoundationONE’s short term goal is to achieve $5 million in assets. When this goal is achieved, the Foundation will be able to award $250,000+ in scholarships per year, thereby creating opportunity for many more students to participate in life-transforming Adventist education at UCA.

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Special Events

"Circle of Friends" Receptions

FoundationONE is organizing networking/information-sharing events in the following locations:


Complimentary meal, stories of current students, great friends!



Bob Larrabee Annual Golf Tournament - Sept 28, 2018



2018 Annual Meeting—September 27, 2018

The Annual Meeting is held on the Thursday afternoon before alumni weekend: September 27, 4:00 p.m. in the Davis Fireside Room, UCA Cafeteria. All alumni and friends are invited! Agenda items include:

•An investment report from the Wealth Management Team at Washington Trust Bank
•Election of officers & directors
•Plans and goals for the coming year

FoundationONE is integrally involved with UCA’s “journey to excellence.” Come rub shoulders with the visionaries and backers of FoundationONE. This is an opportunity to share innovative ideas and impact the future of your academy.


Ways To Give

Cash Gifts

A cash gift, through a personal check or credit card, is the most popular type of charitable gift FoundationONE receives. You can make gifts using a credit card by clicking on GIVE, in the upper right corner.

IRA Required Minimum Distribution

If you are 70 ½ or older and do not currently need your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for living expenses, you can make a contribution to FoundationONE of up to $100,000 annually from your IRA and reduce your taxable income. An easy way to fulfill your RMD, reduce your tax liability, and support students at UCA. Here’s what you need to do:

1) Act before December 31 to transfer the RMD funds directly to FoundationONE. 

2) Call 208-288-1260 for assistance, or use our sample letter to give your IRA administrator instructions.

Real Estate

Residential, agricultural, commercial or investment real estate can be given to benefit FoundationONE as a current gift. If FoundationONE accepts the real estate transfer, the Foundation will immediately list the asset for sale, and the net sale proceeds will benefit the fund(s) you designate. This is a great way to avoid capital gains taxes on highly appreciated real estate.


Transferring a gift of securities—stocks, bonds or mutual funds—that have been held long term allows you to receive a charitable deduction for the full, fair market value of the securities. Giving securities that have appreciated in value also allows you to avoid capital gains tax.

Life Insurance

You can donate a life insurance policy to FoundationONE or simply name FoundationONE as the beneficiary. For the gift of a paid-up policy, you will receive an income tax deduction equal to the lesser of the cash value of the policy or the total premiums paid. To qualify for the federal charitable contribution deduction on a gift of an existing policy, you must name FoundationONE as owner and beneficiary. To make a significant future gift at a relatively low cost, you may do so through a new life insurance policy, designating FoundationONE as the beneficiary.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations and businesses match their employees' charitable gifts with a contribution of equal or greater value. A matching gift may be initiated by completing your company's matching gift form and sending it with your gift to FoundationONE. Check with your human resources or personnel office to determine if your employer has a matching gift program and if your gift qualifies for a corporate match.

Planned Gifts

When considering a planned gift, there are many options to choose from. Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit the Foundation after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that will help you provide for your family and support FoundationONE.

The optimal gift plan depends on your charitable and personal objectives, your available assets, your income tax bracket, your age, your health, your income needs, etc. To discover the best plan for your particular situation will require a little research. You can do the research yourself by following one of the links in Begin My Giving Journey. Or you can contact Don Klinger at or 208-288-1260, and he will do the research for you.

Don Klinger is a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving. For 17 years Don has been helping clients understand the benefits of the various planned giving instruments. He is eager to help you to make the best decisions for yourself, your family, and your favorite charity.

If you include FoundationONE in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.
Legal Name: FoundationONE
Federal Tax ID Number or EIN: 73-1710393

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Other Ways to Help

In 2004 a few UCA alumni sat around a table fondly reminiscing about their years at UCA. Then someone asked, “But, how are we going to keep UCA going strong when the cost is rising so rapidly?” Thus began a conversation that resulted in the establishment of FoundationONE.

This small number of passionate people started working and sacrificing. We invite YOU to join the enthusiastic, forward-thinking FoundationONE circle of friends that is providing opportunities for young people to experience life-changing Adventist education at Upper Columbia Academy. Here are some of the ways our partners help to advance the FoundationONE mission:

Named Scholarship Funds

FoundationONE is pleased to partner with families or groups who wish to create a permanent legacy in honor of a loved one. The family can determine the scholarship criteria, which often reflects the values of the person being honored. The family also determines the number and the value of the scholarships distributed.

Typically distributions begin after a scholarship has achieved a minimum of $25,000. Of course, the amount of the distribution will be in proportion to the amount of income generated by the fund.

FoundationONE provides the following services to the family or group establishing a Named Scholarship Fund:

• Create a Named Scholarship Fund Agreement
• Assist with marketing the Named Scholarship Fund
• Provide the fund agent with an annual financial report
• Facilitate the presentation of the awards and involve family members, if desired.

If you would like to consider establishing a Named Scholarship Fund, contact Linda, (509) 939-1716 or

Regional Board Partners

FoundationONE has supporters living all over the United States—Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, and California. While these close friends may not be able to serve on the board, they are intensely interested in the growth of FoundationONE, so, we keep them informed. They receive board meeting notices and minutes. And when they are in the area, they join the board, and even vote!

Regional Board Partners try to connect FoundationONE leaders with the UCA alumni and friends living in their community. For example, when we have a get-together in their community, they assist with arrangements and help host the event. Our Regional Board Partners are really our field reps—they extend our reach—we couldn’t possibly do it all without them!

If you would like to become a Regional Board Partner, contact Linda, (509) 939-1716 or

Social Media Network

FoundationONE is endeavoring to broaden its reach through digital marketing, and Eric Weber, ’10, is leading the charge! We want to connect with EVERYONE who is passionate about UCA and Adventist boarding schools. If that describes you, please don’t wait to be invited! Like us on Facebook.

Professional Experts

FoundationONE is blessed to have several professionals who willingly contribute their expertise to help build up FoundationONE. We have a CPA, an attorney, a Certified Planned Giving Specialist, and investment professionals. If you are a highly qualified, experienced professional, please consider sharing your expertise with FoundationONE.

Send your curriculum vitae or resume to

Memorial Donations

Many alumni and friends designate FoundationONE to receive memorial donations, in lieu of flowers. These donations accomplish two things: they help grow the endowment and they help us make new friends. If you choose to designate FoundationONE to receive memorial donations, we will notify you of every gift received, and of course, we promptly send the donor a tax-deductible receipt and a thank you letter. Thank you for keeping FoundationONE in mind when you lose a loved one.

For personalized memorial donation envelopes, contact Linda, (509) 939-1716 or

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P.O. Box 744
Post Falls, ID 83877-0744