The John and Brenda Armenia Scholarship Fund
John was working on his doctorate and Brenda her master’s when they joined Phi Delta Kappa at Washington State University in the late 1970’s. PDK continued to play an important role throughout their professional careers in education, thus, PDK was the natural choice when they decided to establish a scholarship fund. John and Brenda established this scholarship to support the development of educational leaders who are passionate about education and believe in the power of learning to positively change lives.
John was the founding father of PDKA #1599, the first statewide chapter in Phi Delta Kappa. He served as President and Chapter/Member Liaison from 2005 to 2009 and was instrumental in the many events and publications provided through the chapter. In May 2010 John was elected to serve as the Region A Representative to the PDK International Board, unfortunately his term was cut short when he passed away in August, 2010.
John had a long and distinguished career in education as a teacher, administrator, and professor. In 1984 he received the Alumni Merit Award from his alma mater Gonzaga University. John was passionate about teaching and learning, and mentoring other educators. Upon his retirement as director of City University of Seattle’s Educational Leadership Program in 2008 he was awarded the title of Faculty Emeritus.
Civically John was actively involved in Rotary International. From 1983-2006 he was a member of the Gig Harbor, WA Rotary Club before joining the Bellevue Breakfast Club in 2006. He served in a variety of leadership roles including President of the Gig Harbor Rotary Club and District 5020 Trainer.
While John’s teaching and administrative career took place in California, Nevada and Washington, Brenda’s entire career was spent as an educator in the state of Washington. She taught for seventeen years at both the elementary and secondary levels in Hoquiam, Yakima and Port Orchard before going into administration. A highlight of her career and great source of pride was serving as the first Principal of Mullenix Ridge Elementary in the South Kitsap School District for fifteen years. Most recently Brenda worked as a school improvement facilitator for the state of Washington.
The John and Brenda Armenia Scholarship will be awarded annually to a practicing educator in the state of Washington who is seeking an advanced degree or certification and pursuing a career as a school leader. Criteria for selection includes evidence of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated leadership and service.