Bennett Memorial Trust

– Bennett Memorial Scholarship –

– Teacher Innovation Awards –

In 1955, the Kiwanis-Bennett Memorial Trust was established to provide scholarships to local students pursuing their educational goals. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $1 million in this effort.  Many of these students have gone on to very successful careers, often crediting the Kiwanis Club of Bremerton in helping to make their goals a reality. We strive to help make our students contributing members of our society and the leaders of tomorrow.

In 2018, the Trustees initiated the Teacher Innovation Awards to further impact the education of our youth.  See below for more details.


Kiwanis-Bennett Memorial Scholarships are granted to assist in tuition and other required college expenses. Candidates must be accepted by an accredited college, university, technical institute or trade school. Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s need, character, initiative, leadership, scholastic ability and community involvement. To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must meet at least ONE of the following requirements:

Graduate from Bremerton High School
– or –
Related to a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bremerton
– or –
You are a prior recipient of a Kiwanis-Bennett Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: $500.00 to $4,000.00

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Apply at  June 1 – July 10.  Enter “Bennett Memorial” in the search box to find our scholarship.

Teacher Innovation Awards

The Kiwanis Bennett Memorial Teacher Innovation Awards were created to recognize teachers’ efforts to create a special learning environment for their students that might be beyond the scope of the regular school budget.  Each year 3 teachers are selected from the applicants to receive funding (up to $5,000), for their projects.  Past Winners


Teacher Innovation Awards provide money for:

  • Speakers/consultants for department meetings, classes or assemblies.
  • Limited funds for educator tuition and travel for workshops, conferences, or special courses that expand knowledge of a subject area, technical skills, or awareness if directly related to supporting or enhancing students educational outcomes/achievement.
  • Supplies to enhance program support for students.
  • Program outreach efforts into the community.
  • Equipment purchases and/or transportation to enhance student programs.
  • Projects that support vertical teaming and/or cross-disciplinary collaboration.


All Bremerton School District certificated instructional staff are eligible to apply for an award. One award recipient will be chosen from each category: elementary school, middle school and high school.


Finalists in each category will be chosen by the Bennett Memorial Trust Teacher Innovation Awards Committee. Finalists will be notified by June 15th.  Invited finalists will make a brief presentation to the Award Committee (date, time and location to be determined). Award recipients will be invited to attend a general membership lunch meeting with the Kiwanis Club of Bremerton.

All funds must be used within the allocated time frame, unless written permission is obtained from the Kiwanis Bennett Memorial Trust Board.  Each award recipient will receive full funding of their project proposal up to $5,000.

Bennett Memorial Trust Teacher Innovation Awards are determined one time per year and take into consideration the other submitted requests, as well as funds available. The Teacher Innovation Awards program should not be considered an ongoing source of program support nor to fund any portion of staff salaries.

2020-2021 Application (.doc)

2020-2021 Application (.pdf)