Providing for Families in Need
In partnership with the family of Heather Jean Fitzsimmons, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is privileged to offer a YMCA school age child care scholarship in honor of her memory. This scholarship provides tuition assistance to families in need in order to help kids gain access to a loving and caring after school environment. The scholarship is available to families at Arthur Academy Portland School and Vestal Elementary School.
Before her untimely death in 2013, Heather was committed to improving the lives of her students and making their educational dreams come true. She also showed through action and word how to live life to its fullest. This scholarship reflects all that was good about Heather during her five years with the YMCA as a teacher, peer and friend.
Scholarship awards are determined by financial need and school referrals.