The Dale Dean Martin “Built Different” Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to celebrate those with the same caring heart and love for community as Dale Martin. A senior at Colville High School, Dale tragically passed away in 2021 after suffering a severe injury during a football game.
Education and Youth Development
Generosity has a ripple effect. For students growing up in the rolling hills and close-knit farming communities of Ralston and Rimrock, this has never been clearer. In 2002, Gerald Ray established the David L. and Francis G. Ray Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of his parents and benefit students from his hometown communities.
With the stresses that often come from social media and the myriad of other obstacles encountered on the path to high school graduation, the journey becomes even more daunting for a teenage parent. It’s a large part of what motivated Lumen High School Executive Director Shauna Edwards to establish the school for teen parents.
Over half of rural high school graduates in Washington State do not pursue any type of postsecondary education in the year following graduation, greatly reducing future career opportunities. In an effort to change the trajectory and create better outcomes for those graduates, Innovia launched a two-year initiative to strengthen school-community connections in five rural school districts: Dayton, St. John Endicott, Lind-Ritzville, Riverside and Inchelium.