The Don C. Brunell Scholarship for Future Leaders 

was established by the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to inspire and aid Washington’s future business leaders.

AWB members created the award to teach the youth of Washington state the role of business in society and to encourage their interests in business as a potential career path.

Don C. Brunell has been a staunch advocate of career and technical education in the state’s K-12, community college and four-year college and university systems. All of these programs have one thing in common, ensuring that the Washington business community has a highly skilled and available pool of business leaders to keep Washington state competitive well into the future.

Mission: To inspire, aid and enhance the educational opportunities of future Washington state business leaders.

Vision: To honor the lifetime of achievement and legacy of Don C. Brunell as President of the Association of Washington Business, 1986 – 2014.

Inaugurated: Spring, 2004


Amount: recipients may receive up to $1,000.

Frequency of Award: Annually, provided adequate funds exist and the scholarship administrator determines that qualified recipients have applied.


A student is eligible to apply for the scholarship if they:

  1. Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, technical or certificate program at any post-secondary institution (public or private) in or outside the state of Washington or who is currently a senior in high school who will be attending a post-secondary institution within the next 12 months in a business field of study or major.
  2. Have maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA for the past school year.
  3. Are the child or grandchild of an employee of an active member of AWB or the child or grandchild of an employee of AWB and a citizen of the United States or a registered alien.
  4. Submit a signed and completed application that includes:

a) A letter why the applicant is pursuing a career in business and applicants educational plans as they relate to career goals. (Max. two pages of 11pt. type.)

b) A list of all school/community activities or accomplishments indicating positions of leadership.

c) A brief description of employment and volunteer experience. (Max. one page of 11pt. type.)

d) Two current (less than six months old) letters of recommendation from teachers, clergy, employers or others than family members who are familiar with the applicant’s skills, abilities and character.

All written responses to the application will be judged on originality, grammar, spelling, composition and clarity of thought. Applications will be assigned a score based upon the following point distribution:

Career Goal Letter 15 points
Academic Merit (GPA) 10 points
Recommendations 10 points
School & Community Involvement 15 points
Work & Volunteer Experience 20 points
Language Skills 20 points
General Appearance of Package 10 points
Washington Business Week Bonus 15 points


2018 Scholarship Application
» DUE: Aug. 31, 2018

Recipients will be announced by the end of October for the 2018-2019 academic school year. For more information please contact Tammy Patterson.

Make A Donation

You can help! Join the list of donors that supports the mission of inspiring, aiding and enhancing the educational opportunities of future Washington state business leaders.

To donate, please send your check payable to: AWB Institute—Don Brunell Scholarship Fund

AWB Institute
PO Box 7933
Olympia, WA 98507

Please check with your tax consultant for confirmation of tax deductibility.                 

Donors to the Don C. Brunell Scholarship

AAA Washington
Acme Energy Services
Alcoa, Inc.
Anchor Bank
Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
Coyne, Jessernig, LLC
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Georgia Pacific
Green Diamond Resource Inc.
Hobart Machined Products
J.R. Simplot Company
Jerrol’s Book & Supply Co.
Lydig Construction
Mr. John Giese
Mr. Jonathan Bridge
Mr. Tom Berg
Ms. Jean Leonard
Ms. Karen White
Ms. Maureen Frisch
Mutual of Enumclaw
Northwest Pulp & Paper
Nuprecon, Inc.
Pacific Aero Tech, Inc.
Pacific Public Affairs
Premera Blue Cross
Q & C Leadership LLC
Rubatino Refuse Removal, Inc.
Safeway, Inc.
Sprague Pest Solutions
Sterling Savings Bank
Superior Insurance Services, Inc.
Tesoro Refining & Marketing Co.
The Rants Group
Tim’s Cascade Snacks
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
US Bank
Washington Forest Protection Assoc.