BHS Pay It Forward Scholarship (Bremerton, WA)


  • Name:Ms. Randall Start, Ms.
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:BHS Pay It Forward Scholarship
  • Address:PO Box 5317
    Bremerton, WA 98312
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:360-908-8348

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:9615 Levin Road
    BHS PIFS % Waterfront CPA
    Silverdale, WA 98383

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Bremerton High School Pay It Forward Scholarship organization is to increase Bremerton youths’ lifetime success through further education beyond high school and by living a “Pay It Forward” life. The “PIF” philosophy is that after accepting a hand up from someone, you turn to three different people and help them. We believe that if everyone were to live a “PIF” life, it would create a better Bremerton (and world!) for all of us.

    Bremerton's citizenry has traditionally been low income, with a smaller percentage of college graduates. Many live in poverty though family members may work one or more minimum wage jobs. We believe that education beyond a high school degree will produce more Bremerton citizens who are less reliant on public services and more likely to be self sufficient, improving both their lives and the lives of their families. Studies show that crime rates go down as the education of the citizenry goes up.

  • Overview:
  • While working at Bremerton High School in an AVID (college-prep) class, students were learning how to interview, fill out FAFSA forms and participate in study circles. But one issue was being overlooked---how to pay for college. In 2007, three other teachers and I created the Bremerton High School Pay It Forward Scholarship, designed for low-income, first-generation college students who had GPA's in the 2.5 - 3.5 range. We believe that a motivated student in this group has a lot of potential to take the opportunity of a $14,000 scholarship to change his/her life through education.

    To date, we have had 14 students in our program. We now have one former "PIF Scholar" in the Air Force, one graduate who is working on his CPA in an accounting firm and one woman who is in her second year of dental hygiene school. The other 11 are still attending college. BHS PIFS has awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships since 2008, though we are a small, grassroots organization run by four officers and 6 Board Members.

    We participate in the Combined Federal Campaign in order to acquire some of our scholarship funds. We have a good history of receiving multiple grants in different years from the same sources. For example, we have received $20,000 in two grants from the Norcliffe Foundation, $15,000 in grants from the Lucky 7 Foundation over three years and more than 5 $1,000 grants from the Suquamish Tribe.

    Studies indicate that often superior students in high school do NOT receive high grades in college as well. We choose our applicants based on potential, character, motivation and need, rather than their stellar GPAs. Students from families who live in poverty often don't have the same opportunities to earn outstanding GPAs. They often must work jobs after school and weekends to contribute to the family's income. They may not have the resources at home that other kids have, such as computers, cars, or college-educated parents. As far as "pulling themselves up by their bootstraps", we believe these kids should have boots before they are expected to do that!

    BHS PIFS is able to use 93% of all grant money specifically for scholarships. We are an all-volunteer organization; no one is paid for their contributions. We borrow office space from our CPA Treasurer, who does all of our taxes etc. pro bono. We are "all about the kids" and want to continue this way; giving as much money as possible out in scholarships. We do have a small endowment of $1,000.

  • History:
  • Traditionally, Bremerton High School has done a great job of rewarding grads with GPA's of 3.5 and above, often awarding them more

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-1177749

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:261177749
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CRAIG HUISH
  • Organization Address:9615 LEVIN RD NW
  • Organization City:SILVERDALE
  • Organization State:WA
  • Organization Zip:98383-7666
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 2007
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:B82
  • Asset Amount:$127,494
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$56,104
  • Income Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$56,104
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:26:23 pm

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