Beaverton Optimist Club

"Friend of Youth"

Dean Mitchell Public Safety Scholarship
$1,000.00

Awarded to a high school senior in the Beaverton School District

 who plans a public safety career.

Kolton Alexander Fink, a graduating senior from Beaverton High School, is our 2016/17 recipient of the Dean Mitchell Public Safety Scholarship.  He will receive $1000 in his college account.


He has been a Washington County Sheriff's Office Explorer since 2015.  He is part of the Search and Rescue Team donating over 735 Search and Rescue hours and 400 law enforcement hours.  He is a graduate of both the Explorer Training Academy and Explorer Law Enforcement Academy.


This from his Search and Rescue Coordinator, Deputy Zackery Vance: "I have truly enjoyed supervising Kolton as he has a great attitude toward any task he is given, and looks for any way to improve his knowledge.  Kolton has always been dependable, honest, and is very goal oriented.  He is currently focused on achieving his goal to start a career in law enforcement."


His whole family has been involved in public safety.  His father worked in the Sheriff's Traffic Division.  His mon is currently a training coordinator at WCCCA (Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency). One of his brothers is a Beaverton Cadet and the other a Tigard Cadet.  His younger sister plans on going into public safety.


                                      CONGRATULATIONS KOLTON!

Who was Dean Mitchell?


The late Dean Mitchell was a past president of the Beaverton Optimist Club.  As a true optimist, he had a strong desire to help youth.  This was especially true for those going into law enforcement.  After Dean's death the club set up an annual scholarship for seniors in high school looking for a law enforcement career.  Later the award was opened up to all public safety students: police, fire, e.m.t., dispatch.  


Scroll down to see previous winners.

The Beaverton Optimist Club does not sponsor but supports this foundation by getting the word out.


The Conor Lynch Memorial Scholarship is returning this year, with a focus on youth who have made a positive impact on their communities by encouraging road users to be more attentive, whether they are driving, riding in the car as a passenger, or using the road as a pedestrian or bicyclist. Two winners will be selected, and each will win a $1500 cash scholarship that can be used to support their academics and/or professional growth.


Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on February 23, 2017. Applicants must be between the ages of 16-21 on Jan 1, 2017. To apply go here, then scroll down to the application.

Previous Dean Mitchell Scholarship Recipients

Gabriel Garrison was  honored as the 2015 Beaverton Optimist Club Dean Mitchell Scholarship Recipient.  Gabriel is a 2016 graduate of Glencoe High School.  


Gabe has served as a Police Cadet with the Hillsboro Police Department where he has remained very active.  He plans to attend Western Oregon University and then on to police academy and his eventual work as a police officer.


Gabriel's baseball coach says he was co-captain of the high school baseball varsity team, informed, speaks his mind when appropriate, has maintained a high GPA.  In short he is a real servant-leader.


Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 AM was the recognition breakfast.  In the crowd was Gabriel and his girlfriend; the Chief of the Hillsboro Police, the Washington County Sheriff, and other representatives from the Sheriff's Office, Beaverton PD, and Hillsboro PD.  We were honored to have Dean Mitchell's daughter, Melissa, her husband, and Dean's nephew, Bob.  Bob entertained us with his piano accordian and singing of the unofficial Beaverton Optimist Song.


Click here to see a video of the program.                        

Brittany Chandler is the Beaverton Optimist Dean Mitchell Scholarship recipient for 2014. She  graduated from Sunset High School in June, 2014.


Since June of 2011, Brittany has volunteered as an Explorer for the Washington County Search and Rescue Team, Post #877. 

She performed in the 2013 Law Enforcement Challenge at Camp Rilea with last year’s scholarship winner, Ashley Eddy. She won two awards at the Challenge for the team firearms competition, and second place for women's physical agility. 


Brittany hopes to one day be a detective, a job which greatly appeals to her. 


Her philosophy: “No matter who you are, with hard work and determination, you have the ability to make a difference.”


According to her Search and Rescue supervisor, Deputy Jessica Zieman:


“Without the dedication of Explores like Brittany, our program would not be one of the most successful youth Search and Rescue programs in Oregon.” 


Our 2013 scholarship winner is Ashley Nicole Eddy from Aloha High School.


Ashley served on the Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team for two years, was involved in numerous ride alongs.  She is on the 2013 Law Enforcement Challenge Team for the Sheriff's Office and will be competing in August. 


She will be attending Pacific University.  


Congratulations Ashley!