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2015 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Northwest Washington Fair Foundation is proud to announce it’s 2015 scholarship winners.  Five scholarships of $1,000.00 each were awarded to qualified Whatcom County students. Scholarship award winners must use the award in an agricultural or related field of full time study at any accredited institution including four year universities/colleges, community colleges and vocational/technical schools in the 2015-2016 school year. The application process included two main parts - a written essay and interview sections.


Juan Gavette


Juan Gavette, son of Derek and Debi Gavette, is a graduating senior from Lynden High School. As a member of the Lynden FFA Chapter and Whatcom Showmen 4-H Club, he has been heavily involved in various contests and FFA Career Development Events. He has competed in both state and national speaking and livestock evaluation contests. Through both his FFA Chapter and 4-H Club, he has shown competitively at many livestock shows in Washington and Oregon with cattle, sheep, and goats. He is also involved in FBLA, National Honor Society, and the Freshman Mentor Program at his school. He has been recruited by the livestock judging team at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. After earning an Associate's Degree, he will transfer to a university to earn a speech communications degree and hopefully continue livestock judging at the collegiate level. 


Trey Shagren

Trey Shagren, son of Craig and Shari Shagren, graduated from Lynden High School in 2015. Trey has been showing his family’s draft horses his whole life at the Northwest Washington Fair, along with fairs around Oregon and Canada. As well as showing draft horses, Trey has been a part of the Lynden High School basketball and football teams for the past four years where he played in five state championships, hauling in three state championships. Next year, Trey will attend Whatcom Community College to study education. He hopes to be able to continue his love for the horses and sports.


Jill Dejager

Jill DeJager, daughter of Pete and Shelli DeJager, lives on a dairy farm in Everson with her dad, mom, brother, and sister where they milk 150 dairy cows.  She has been showing dairy cows in 4-H at the Northwest Washington Fair and at numerous fairs across the state since she was nine years old.  She has been actively involved in her 4-H club for thirteen years where she held numerous officer positions.  Jill has been homeschooled and will be receiving her high school diploma from Crossroads Christian Homeschool Program in Florida.  In the Fall, she will be attending Whatcom Community College to earn her AA degree and then transfer to Dordt College in Iowa to major in Agricultural Business.  Her career goal is to own and operate her own dairy farm.

William (Liam) Kroontje

William (Liam) Kroontje, son of John and Lesa Kroontje, is a 2015 graduate of Lynden Christian High School.  Growing up on a small family farm he had the opportunity to be involved in Barnyard Kids 4-H Club and enjoyed being part of the Northwest Washington Fair for many years showing dairy. He served as 4-H Club officer, including President for two years. He owns his own small herd of Holstein cattle.  In addition, Liam spends his time working, playing soccer and playing music.  Following graduation Liam will head to Alaska for another season of sockeye fishing before beginning his pursuit of a business degree at Trinity Western University.


Jacob VanBerkum

Jacob VanBerkum, son of Harold and Keven VanBerkum, grew up loving to work on his family’s dairy farm. He is a graduate of Lynden Christian High School and will attend Dordt Christian College this fall to major in Agri-Business. After college Jake’s goal is to return to Whatcom County to continue the family tradition of dairy farming. As a student at Lynden Christian School, Jake played on the football and basketball teams; he also participated in the FFA program for four years. He was privileged to compete with FFA teams at both the state and national level three times.  He also showed dairy cattle and swine at the Northwest Washington Fair. Jake is grateful for the support of the Lynden community during his Fair experiences, his academic future, and his career path in agriculture.

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