Nelson Accounting Scholarships Awarded

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Jennifer Short, WVC at Omak Foundation, 509.422.7835
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509.682.6436 (Mon. – Thurs.)

July 12, 2016

Tera Evans Jarae Cate Tayana Ann Martinez
Hugo Sanchez Jennifer Farmer  
Top Row: Tera Evans of Winthrop, Jarae Cate of Nespelem, Tatyana Ann Martinez of Omak.
Second Row: Hugo Sanchez of Tonasket, Jennifer Farmer of Okanogan.


The Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Foundation awarded five Nelson Accounting Scholarships to current WVC at Omak students pursuing degrees in accounting. The total award of $5,000 has been distributed among the five students.

Tera Evans, of Winthrop, is working on degrees in accounting and business, with plans to work in accounting.

Jarae Cate, of Nespelem, is a volunteer income tax preparer, and she participates on the annual Oral Board for Lake Roosevelt High School. She plans to continue her work with the Colville Confederated Tribes’ child support enforcement program to assist native families and to manage her husband’s company financials.

Tatyana Ann Martinez, of Omak, volunteers at the after-school program at North Elementary School, where she works with students from kindergarten through second grade. She intends to earn a business-transfer degree and transfer to Eastern Washington University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Hugo Sanchez, of Tonasket, intends to complete an accounting degree and transfer to Eastern Washington University. Sanchez played high school soccer and has volunteered at food banks.

Jennifer Farmer, of Okanogan, is a two-time recipient of the scholarship. Farmer is a volunteer hunter education instructor and a member of Amateur Radio Emergency Service/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (ARES/RACES). She is working on degrees in business, accounting and the associate of arts and sciences transfer degree in hopes of one day opening her own business.

The Nelson Accounting Scholarship was established in 2009 by former Omak High School graduates Richard “Dick” Nelson and Susan Featherstone Nelson, who believed in giving back to the community that helped them. Following Richard’s recent passing, Susan continues the generosity of the Nelson family with this annual scholarship. She is a former certified public accountant and certified financial planner, now retired.

Other organizations and people interested in making a tax-deductible donation are encouraged to contact Jennifer Short, WVC at Omak Foundation board executive secretary, at, or call 509.422.7835. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 1374, Omak, WA 98841-1374. WVC at Omak Foundation is an I.R.S. Code Sec. 501(c)(3) Charitable Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.