Ric Snelson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was founded by the family and friends of Richard D. Snelson, W. F. West Class of 1999, to honor his life and memory. After high school, Ric continued his studies at Centralia College and the University of Washington-Tacoma. Working part-time jobs to pay his way through college, he graduated in four years with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Ric immediately pursued a career in computer programming at Motorola, and later at Microsoft, developing multiple patented technologies. Ric was intelligent, humble, hard-working, and unbelievably hilarious. In remembrance and love, his family and friends wish to support the academic pursuits of one graduate each year who shares these traits and is pursuing a career in a STEM field. The scholarship is renewable over four years for students who continue to pursue an undergraduate STEM degree while maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA.