Help students facing crisis

COVID has turned our world upside down. Today, more students are being put in the position to choose between continuing their studies or quitting college to use limited resources on competing needs such as rent or groceries.

You can make an impact to help keep students on track.

Donations to the Student Emergency Support fund go directly toward helping students who facing financial crisis. Through this fund, the Foundation distributes emergency support to help bridge the gap of financial need to keep students moving forward.




Staff are available by email M-F 7:30am – 4pm. Office appointments (Downtown Campus) are available by appointment only. Zoom and telephone meetings are by request.

Sarah Allen – Executive Director:, (253) 377-6159.

LeAnn Dreier – Development Specialist:, (253) 680-7160.

For scholarship or emergency aid information, please navigate to the appropriate tab to the right of your screen for further information.


About the Foundation

Bates Technical College Foundation was established in 1993 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization by a small group of committed volunteers.

Annually, the Foundation awards over $125,000 in scholarship support to students and supports the college through providing program support, awarding mini grants, procuring equipment donations, and much more.

Donor Bill of Rights

The Foundation strictly adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights.

Foundation Financials

The Foundation’s fiscal year operates from July 1-June 30. The Foundation is audited annually. Donor information is not shared with or sold to individuals or organizations. To see the foundation’s IRS Form 990 or audited financial statements, please email us for a copy.

Bates Foundation Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors oversees all operations of the Foundation, including financial management, fundraising, special events, policy direction and strategic planning. The Board meets five times per year.


  • Linda Jadwin, Chair
  • Jeff Pickering, Vice Chair
  • Debbie Winskill, Secretary
  • Greg Markley, Treasurer


  • Toby Murray
  • Sue Petersohn
  • George Thornhill

Ex Officio

  • Sarah Allen, Executive Director of College Advancement
  • LeAnn Dreier, Development Specialist
  • Heather Moss, College Trustee
  • Dr. Lin Zhou, President



Bates Technical College offers classes in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.