Robert W. Close and Ruth M. Close Scholarships

Bob worked as an educator for the Chehalis School District for 37 years, with six years as a high school history teacher, six years as a middle school principal, and 25 years as an assistant superintendent. During his time there, Bob was twice recognized for outstanding service by the Washington Association of School Administrators. He also collaborated with community members to establish student scholarships, managed the construction of two schools, and mentored staff and administrators. Additionally, Bob was a member of Chehalis Rotary and received multiple awards from the organization.

Ruthie was an active volunteer in her children’s schools, participating in PTA member, Band Booster member, Athletic Booster Club member and working on school levies. She was also a Blue Bird and Campfire leader and participated in church activities. In her professional life, Ruthie was a leader in the banking community and mentored new staff.

Bob and Ruthie Close were residents of Chehalis for 37 years. They both valued education as a means of personal growth and breaking free from limitations. They met in high school and married in 1958. Their children and families continue to practice their Christian faith and pursue learning. We are humbled by the honor of having these scholarships funded by our family, and pray they will be one of the sparks that ignite the torch of learning in each of the recipients. Two scholarships are awarded each year in honor of Bob and Ruthie Close.