Laurie Merta Memorial Scholarship

Laurie Merta attended W. F. West High School from 1971 – 1974. She was Junior Class President and was involved in many other activities. She later attended the University of Puget Sound, majoring in Psychology, and graduating in 1978.

Following graduation from college, Laurie worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in Pierce County for several years, before becoming the Director of Field Services for the American Federation of State Employees, a post she held for over 20 years.

Laurie passed away far too soon in June, 2012. Her dynamic presence and determination were honored in 2013, when Washington State renamed the Shop Steward Award the ‘Laurie Merta Shop Steward of the Year Award’ in memory of Laurie’s dedication and commitment to her many co-workers whom she so generously served over the years.

The Merta family is much honored to have created ‘The Laurie Merta Memorial Scholarship’ to present to graduates of W. F. West High School in her memory.