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Scholarship and Enrichment Programs

From Cradle to Classroom to College

Helping kids succeed is what the Sumner-Bonney Lake Education Foundation is all about. Created in 2001 by local business, education and community leaders, the Foundation’s purpose is to raise funds to support student scholarships, enrichment and outreach programs.


Today, more than ever before, students attending a four-year university, community college or technical/vocational program pay a larger share of their tuition and expenses – and the SBLEF has remained a consistent source of support for many students offering them more than 50 community scholarships that help with post high school plans. As a result, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students!


Enrichment and Outreach Programs

Enrichment programs enhance the classroom experience, providing vital support that isn’t covered by the school district’s state-funded budget. Examples of enrichment programs are scientists and artists in residence, specialized equipment, machinery or computers, new teacher grants, mentoring programs, and support for at-risk students. The Arts Fund supports a variety of arts programs throughout the District, and the Science Fund enhances classroom instruction and sponsorship for the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District K-12 Science Fair.

The Sumner-Bonney Lake Education Foundation has encouraged thousands of Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students to fulfill their dreams and has given them a powerful reason to succeed. 

If you are interested in getting involved with the Foundation or taking part in the scholarship reading events in March please contact us at

2017 Golden Apple Community Partner Award Recipient


The SBLEF was awarded the the Golden Apple Community Partner Award at the January 18, 2017, school board meeting. This award is the district's highest honor that recognizes organizations and individuals who have dedicated tremendous support to students, staff and schools.

With a heart full of gratitude, the Foundation thanks the Foundation businesses, neighbors, teachers, and community leaders for enhancing scholarships and providing educational enrichment and innovation for the future of our youth.

SBLEF 2016 WASA Community Leadership Award Recipient


The SBLEF was recognized for its dedication to service through the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District and was nominated for the 2016 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 111 Community Leadership Award.


On April 29, 2016, the SBLEF received the WASA’s Community Leadership Award for outstanding contributions toward education. Accepting the award on behalf of the SBLEF are board members Deborah Liddle, Sherry Sweeney, Gena Gustafson, Carol Jurgensen and Nels Bentvelzen.​