WACOPS 2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Scholarship Award Winners!

Each year we are impressed by the high caliber of the applicants that we receive. The scholarship committee  made their selections by choosing students who they thought best demonstrated academic excellence as well as outstanding community involvement and leadership qualities. We commend all the students who applied and know that their achievements and pursuit of higher education will open doors for great opportunities. Our seven award winners have shown their ability to innovate, lead, and cultivate community and we are so proud to honor their achievements. 

Taylor Gould | Eastern Washington University

Taylor is currently attending Eastern Washington University and is studying accounting with a minor in sports management. While completing her degree she works as a Para Educator Substitute within the Spokane School District and serves as a judge for various events for DECA districts and state competitions. Taylor recently played collegiate volleyball at both Spokane Falls Community College and Northwest Christian University. She is eager to begin an internship at an accounting firm during her last quarter at EWU in hopes to gain experience and connections within the field once she graduates.  Taylor is the daughter of Matt and Cheryl Gould, Spokane County Deputy Sheriff's Office


 Hayden Stipe | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Hayden currently attends the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, though his passion for robotics and adaptive technology began far before embarking on his collegiate studies. Hayden writes, “Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, I had lots of exposure to different types of adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. For as long as I can remember, my dad and I would spend days in the garage making modifications to my canes or wheelchair so that they would better meet my specific needs". From 2015-2018 he led an engineering project at school to design and build a joystick-based motor vehicle hand control system. Hayden and his teammate launched a GoFundMe to complete a functional full-scale prototype and the device they produced is currently patent pending and awaiting approval for legal protections. His ultimate goal is to start his own engineering practice specializing in adaptive technology. Hayden is the son of Steven and Rebecca Stipe, Spokane County Deputy Sheriff’s Office


Molly Oswald | Northwest University

Molly graduated in June from Chelan High School as valedictorian of her class and is excited to pursue a degree in exercise science at Northwest University this fall. As the president of her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she competed as a 4-sport varsity athlete in volleyball, basketball, track & field, and cross country. She is also the president of the Chelan FFA Chapter and won multiple Grand Champion awards at the Chelan County Fair between 2017-2019. She has chosen exercise science as her career path because she enjoys helping people, specifically kids, become motivated and excited about physical activity. Molly is the daughter of Eric and Fran Oswald, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police


Akina Yamada | Waldorf University

Akina is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Criminal Justice concentration from Waldorf University. She most recently was a 2019 NAIA Women's national placer and WCWA Academic All-American recipient during her 4-years on the Waldorf University Women's Wrestling team. While completing her studies, she also works as a security guard, the head coach of girl’s wrestling at Lakeside High school, and as a 1st degree black belt Judo instructor. After graduating, she plans on applying to federal law enforcement positions and aspires to succeed and be just like her dad. Daughter of Isamu and Leigh Yamada, Spokane Police Department


Maija Coats | Northwest University

Maija graduated this June as an exemplary full-time Running Start program student and is headed to Northwest University to study pre-nursing. It was important for her to stay connected to her high school and participated in extracurricular activities including the girl’s swim team and track & field. Outside of studies, Maija spends her time serving her church as the lead children’s program teacher, as a Spanish tutor, motivational speaker, and learning French as her third language. As a future nurse, Maija hopes to continue working in developing countries and in under-served populations. Daughter of John and Lea Coats, Everett Police Department



Shelby Draper | Montana Tech

Shelby graduated this June and is headed to Montana Technological University to play collegiate volleyball while studying for a degree in metallurgical engineering. Shelby was recently her class vice president, a 3-sport varsity athlete and received the Seal of Bi-literacy in French. She developed and ran the Cheney High School Bite2Go program which provides a free bag of meals for anonymous students who may not have food security over the weekends. She plans to continue being of service to others as she embarks on her college athletic career. Shelby is the daughter of Dean and Cori Draper, Spokane Police Department



Cole Baker | Grand Canyon University

Cole is currently pursuing a degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University. While a student at Graham-Kpaowsin High School, Cole was class President for four years, participated in a mentorship program for elementary age children, and was a student representative for the Bethel School District Strategic Planning Committee. Cole won both the "Heart of the Eagle" award for demonstrating kindness and core values, and the "Leadership" Award in 2019.  He plans on using his degree to pursue a career as a elementary school principal in Washington state public schools. Cole is the son of  Lucas and Kimberly Baker, Pierce County Deputy Sheriffs