David L. Hitchens Scholarship in Honor of Frances Marie Rasmussen

Amount: $3,067
Due Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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David L. Hitchens served The Evergreen State College community from his hire as a Member of the Planning Faculty July 1, 1970 until his retirement as Emeritus Member of the Faculty on June 15, 2012. Trained as a historian, David was the quintessential team teacher spanning the humanities areas of American history, literature, psychology, economics, physics, civics, human development, religion, creative and expository writing and more as taught in varying interdisciplinary programs. Throughout his 41-year career at Evergreen, David was also known to oversee numerous contracts for students in journalism, radio broadcasting, and internships as diverse as serving the state legislature or serving the homeless. David’s love for teaching carried into many summer quarters with small groups exploring 20th Century America and Race, Class and Gender in society.

The David L. Hitchens Scholarship is in honor of his mother, Frances Marie Rasmussen. Fran Rasmussen Hitchens was never able to complete college herself, but instilled in her son the value and drive for life-long learning. She led by example through her own lifestyle and love for reading, writing and learning. From the earliest beginning she would tell David, “When you go to college.” Mostly single during the years of David’s growing up, Fran did the next best thing to going through college herself. She assured her son would have the drive to be the first generation to graduate.

Offered to a new or currently enrolled student attending full time who will be the first in their family to attend college and is studying in the humanities, social sciences or arts. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. All things being equal, preference will be given to female applicants in honor of David’s mother, Frances Marie Rasmussen.


  • Letter of application no longer than two pages outlining how you meet the criteria above. In addition, address your financial need and how receiving the scholarship will impact your ability to stay in college. 
  • Two letters of recommendation including one from a faculty member. 
  • FAFSA or WASFA (see How to Apply #4).