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Alan Spence Employee Scholarship

Alan R. Spence, Ed.D., began his career in 1970 at Evergreen State College as a chief accountant. At age 29, he became the youngest business officer in Washington state as the Vice President of Business and Finance at St. Martin’s College. In 1981, he moved to Pierce College as the Associate Dean of Administrative Services where he was later promoted to the position of District Vice President of Administrative Services in 1987.  He spent a total of 24 years at Pierce College.  The final years of his distinguished career were spent in the Seattle Community College District as the Chief Financial Officer.

Alan was a strong supporter of CTC Leadership Development Association (then "The Association") and served on the Executive Board in a number of capacities, including Leading from the Middle faculty. Alan passed away after battling cancer on December 9, 2009, leaving behind a remarkable legacy within the Washington state educational system and CTC Leadership Development Association.

The Alan Spence Employee Scholarship is available for classified, professional or confidential exempt employees who are qualified and motivated to continue their education and through that education strengthen the Washington community and technical college system. The scholarship amount for employees is $1,200. The Alan Spence Employee Scholarship application is due by May 1,2018.

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The Alan Spence Employee Scholarship program encourages well-qualified and motivated current Washington community or technical college system employees to consider careers as administrators.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance for employees in the form of tuition, books and related educational costs to attend college leading to a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree. By obtaining anyone of these degrees, it is assumed that the individuals will become more competitive for administrative positions within the Washington state community and technical college system. The scholarship is a distinct honor and award that benefits the employees, the colleges, and the CTC Leadership Development Association. Persons in under-represented categories are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. 

Scholarship recipients will be invited to the Summer CTC Leadership Development Association Conference with all conference fees waived. They will be asked to provide status reports in January and June of the progress towards degree attainment. 


Current employees who: 

  • are full-time and permanent employees in the Washington state community and technical college system and whose employer is a member of the CTC Leadership Development Association,
    •    have at least five years experience as an employee in the Washington state community and technical college system (experience need not be consecutive), 
    •    have expressed an interest in community or technical college administration, 
    •    receive full endorsement from their community or technical college president, 
    •    will attend college carrying at least 5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits, and 
    •    will complete the application form and present a plan for finishing the degree desired. 

HOW LONG IS THE SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD? Awarded for and used during the 2018-2019 academic year.


Only member colleges of CTC Leadership Development Association are eligible to participate (All WA community colleges are members except Yakima Valley Community College). 

The college president will write a letter of support and the candidate will submit it with other materials using this website. All materials must be submitted by May 1, 2018. 

The Scholarship Committee will make its decision in June and will notify the scholarship recipients at that time. Formal announcement of the winner(s) will occur at the Summer CTC Leadership Development Association Conference, August 16 and 17 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. 

METHOD OF PAYMENT The scholarship winner will receive funds for the 2018-2019 year upon presentation of their Fall class schedule. 

Completed applications for the scholarship program must include the following: 

  • the completed scholarship application, including the required one page essay on the applicant’s interest in an administrative career in a Washington state community or technical college,
    •    copies of all college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable),  
    •    two recommendations; one from a colleague who has worked directly with the applicant; and one from an administrator who is knowledgeable about the applicant’s work, and 
    •    a letter from the college president supporting the applicant’s career goals.  

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Applications due by May 1, 2018