This scholarship is established to honor Colleen Nolan’s parents. Her father, William (Bill) Nolan, grew up in King County while her mother, Betty Jo Nolan, grew up in Yakima County. Both raised livestock growing up and were avid equestrians. They were also both members of FFA in high school. The Nolan’s had three children, one daughter (Colleen) and two sons (Timothy and Sean). The family moved to the Chehalis area in the early 1960’s and established a ranch where they raised cattle and horses. In their youth, Colleen and Timothy were members of 4-H, Colleen showing sheep and cattle while Timothy was active in gardening. Colleen is the only child to complete college, graduating with honors from WSU with a BS in Animal Sciences and the University Honors Program in 1982, where she was named the Outstanding Senior in Animal Sciences. Colleen was a member of Block and Bridle and the Livestock and Carcass Judging Teams and lived and worked at both the Old Beef Barn (now Lewis Alumni Center) and the Sheep Center. She went on to complete her MS (University of Idaho, 1984) and PhD (Texas A&M, 1987) degrees. Timothy is married and lives in Olympia. Sean did not attend college and continues to live in the Chehalis area. William T. Nolan died at the age of 40 in 1971 but the desire that he and Betty Jo had for their children to attend college continued to live on in Betty Jo. She encouraged the children to excel in school and pursue their dreams. She supported her children through both the good and the bad times and continues to be an inspiration to them. The love, support and encouragement that Bill and Betty Jo Nolan gave their children is being recognized in a small way through the establishment of this endowed scholarship.
Scholarship will benefit a senior in Animal Sciences or senior in Agricultural Education.