Dr. Cole and Holly Mason
Originally called the Dr. Cole Mason Scholarship in Early Childhood Education, this endowed scholarship was established in 2000 by Dr. Mason’s family as a surprise gift to him in honor of the 25th anniversary of his pediatric medical practice in Olympia. Over the years, many of Dr. Mason’s colleagues, friends and extended family members have contributed to the scholarship as well.
That same year, Dr. Mason’s wife, Holly, became Executive Director of the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation after having served on the College Foundation Board of Directors from 1993-1996. She was also Board President for two years during her tenure. When Mrs. Mason retired from the College Foundation in 2009, the scholarship was re-named the Dr. Cole and Holly Mason Scholarship in recognition of her dedicated commitment to students.
Criteria for the scholarship were determined by the Mason family in consultation with the faculty of the Early Childhood Education Program. Mason Scholarship recipients all have some things in common. They value children, and they recognize the importance they play as nurturing educators of young people.
The Mason family continues to support the College Foundation and its efforts to assist students in successfully achieving their educational goals.