Every year, promising students drop out of college because financial obstacles overwhelm them. Others quit because they simply lack proper guidance and become discouraged. As a result, our society is deprived of their best contributions. More tragically, they may never reach their full God-given potential. Many students do graduate—but with crippling debt obligations that can prevent them from fully engaging and contributing their best to their community.

Severe student debt hits underserved and financially challenged students especially hard. In 2018, 69% of college students graduated with an average debt of $29,800. Pell Grant recipient’s graduated with an average debt of $31, 200 . The higher the debt, the greater the chances the student will end up in loan default. This is especially true for those in underserved communities. By helping students avoid excessive debt and giving them guidance along the way, Trinity Education Foundation is making college the springboard to productivity and fulfillment it was meant to be. The need is great. But we know the generosity of the Foundation’s donors is greater!

Mission

Trinity Education Foundation provides scholarships and guidance to students at Christian colleges and seminaries to foster academic success and to inspire vocational development reflecting the Gospel’s values of love, justice, and healing for the sake of the world.

Vision

To see graduates embark on meaningful vocations and constructively impact their communities in response to Christ’s calling to lives of service and stewardship of God’s creation.

Values

We value the time-honored traditions of Christian service, education, and unconditional love to benefit all of God’s creation.

Our logo expresses our conviction that a life based on biblical truth, when combined with a thirst for understanding, will be dynamic and fruitful. A passage from Jeremiah says it well:

“… Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
                                                                                                                                                                         -Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

  • Why Scholarships?

    The cost of college escalates with each passing year whether it’s a public state university, non-profit or for-profit college. As these costs increase, it becomes more challenging for those in marginalized communities to find the funds to fulfill their college and career dreams. One of the fastest declining college student groups is the lower middle class. Though the “Effective Family Contribution” calculations indicate parents in this demographic should be able to pay for school, the costs associated with attendance are simply beyond the family’s ability to pay. Trinity Education Foundation provides scholarships with significant financial commitment, opening doors for students who would not otherwise be able to attend college.

  • Why Vocational Guidance?

    It is estimated that at least one third of college students will change their degree at least once after starting school. Changing a degree mid-stream can increase the cost of college due to additional classes required by the new degree. At Trinity Education Foundation we utilize an award-winning validated assessment, PathwayU, to help students understand their unique gifts and vocational interests as they start their Freshman year. If a student realizes they want to change their degree focus, we want to help them make this decision sooner than later to ensure a beneficial college experience and little to no financial impact.

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    Why Professional Coaching?

    Studies show that college students with support systems in place will have greater success at finishing college on time and transitioning to their preferred career. Many students find their first year of college to be daunting and feel overwhelmed by the sudden “freedom”of being on their own and having to navigate a new environment. Our coaches provide a place for students to get input, direction, and develop critical thinking skills. From freshman year to senior year, the coach will guide the student in areas like leadership development, time management, relationship building, resume preparation, mock interviewing, networking, internships to support their career goals, and development of a job search action plan.

Our Staff

Maren Diamond

Maren Diamond

CRM Administrator & Knower of All
Sandy Tennant

Sandy Tennant

Office Manager & Master of All
Jenny Lockwald-Stewart

Jenny Lockwald-Stewart

Executive Director

Our Governance

Trinity Education Foundation is governed by a board of trustees, supported by an executive director and an investment adviser.

The trustees come from a range of professional backgrounds, but all share a passion to see students thrive in their vocations—continuing in the legacy of Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute Seattle.

Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas

Trustee, President

Tom has been a Trustee with the foundation since 2009 and has served as President since May, 2015. He had been very active with Trinity Lutheran College with his wife Twyla (where she attended when it was known as LBI-Seattle in the 70’s). He is a retired Marine Engineer from the Washington State Department of Ferries and is active serving with the Village Theater, Josephine Caring Community, and Lutheran Men in Mission.

Ernie Fosse

Ernie Fosse

Trustee, Vice-President

Ernie has served with the foundation since its inception in 2007. He has a long history with Trinity Lutheran College and LBI-Seattle, having been a student at LBI-Seattle from 1962 to 1964. Ernie retired as a Data Analyst from the Microsoft Corporation after 15 years there, and has served on the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors for 12 of its 72 years, as well as the foundation Board of Trustees.

David Swartling

David Swartling

Trustee, Secretary

David is a retired attorney, actively engaged in a number of nonprofit and community activities, including currently serving on the boards of Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle; Lutheran Services in America, headquartered in Washington DC; and here with the Trinity Education Foundation. He attended the University of Washington School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Washington Law Review, then practiced law in Seattle for more than 30 years, including 15 years as a named partner in the firm Mills Meyers Swartling. During this time, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the President’s Award from the Washington State Bar Association and the Harrison-Tweed Award from the American Bar Association for his professional activities. David is a life-long Lutheran and has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in many capacities and with Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA where he and his wife Barbara reside.

Patrick Brady

Patrick Brady

Trustee, Treasurer

Patrick is an alumnus of Seattle Pacific University. Six years ago, Patrick was elected by the Union membership as the Financial Secretary / Treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, where he serves as the chief financial officer and labor negotiator. Patrick has answered God’s call to service by taking on many different roles at his church over the years, including youth ministry, interim pastor, business manager, and various committee roles. He currently serves on the board of Compass Housing Alliance.

Dr. Jim Steele, Ed.D., GPHR, SPHR

Dr. Jim Steele, Ed.D., GPHR, SPHR

Trustee

Jim taught graduate courses in management at George Fox University from 2004 through 2020, and was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. Previously, Jim held executive positions in HR Management at companies that included Intel and Matsushita. Jim served as a director on the HR Certification Institute board from 2012-2017 and was Secretary-Treasurer from 2015-2016; he also served on board committees for LightSpeed Technologies of Tualatin, OR. He graduated from Seattle LBI in 1975 with a diploma in Biblical Studies and 1977 with a Bachelor of Christian Education. He holds a doctorate in education from George Fox University and a Master of Science in Management from Marylhurst University, and multiple professional certifications in Human Resource Management.

Joan Thorson

Joan Thorson

Trustee

Joan loves to see people light up with their passions and gifts in life. Helping students to find their voice and a sense of belonging is her greatest joy. Joan is a 2013 graduate of Trinity Lutheran College and is currently the Mentor Coordinator at Everett High School with HOPE Mentoring and LINCNW. Joan and her husband Dave have two adult children and spend their spare time gardening in Stanwood.

Raveendran Gopal Rao (Ravi)

Raveendran Gopal Rao (Ravi)

Trustee

Ravi lives in Overland Park, Kansas where he is the Executive Director of the American Bible Society. After earning a Bachelors in Theology, Ravi went on to receive his Doctorate in Leadership and Management from Trinity College of Indiana. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Divinity (M-Div) in Major World Religions. Ravi is a strong believer in the value of an education and has experience working and traveling to over 50 different countries. He brings a diverse background and strong organizational skills to the Foundation.

Robby Larson, Ed.D.

Robby Larson, Ed.D.

Trustee

Robby Larson lives in Portland, Oregon where he works as Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah University. With 21 years experience in Christian and faith-based higher education, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the board. Robby holds a doctorate from George Fox University in Higher Education Leadership, an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California Lutheran University, and a bachelor's degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

Heather Goff

Heather Goff

Trustee

Jenny Lockwald-Stewart

Jenny Lockwald-Stewart

Executive Director

Jenny Lockwald-Stewart has an extensive background in marketing, fund-raising, and high-profile partnerships working for companies like Capital Christian Music Group (formerly Sparrow Records/EMI Christian Music Group) and World Vision, a global humanitarian organization. Jenny completed her MA in Organizational Leadership in late 2016 and has spent the past four-years consulting with companies and individuals in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, change management, and career development.

Ben Richards

Ben Richards

Investment Adviser

Ben serves the foundation as Investment Adviser, working with the Trustees to provide insights into policy and investment decisions. He has been a Wealth Adviser since 2003. He earned his degree in International Business and Economics from Western Washington University.

Our Coaches

Coaching is one way we build a tangible support system around our scholars, and we are delighted to introduce our coaching team to you. Undergraduate students who receive personal coaching are more likely to persist in college and complete their degree*, especially those who come from #CommunitiesOfHope. All the scholarship dollars in the world will not make a difference if the student does not have the support to successfully navigate and complete college.

*Loyola University Case Study with Inside Track

Shannon Wallis, MBA, PCC, Cascade Leadership

Coach Manager

Shannon Wallis of Cascade Leadership is TSP's Coach Manager. She is a business acceleration consultant and coach who works with leaders to create strategies and build capabilities that achieve results. Prior to founding Cascade Leadership, Shannon was the global director of high-potential leadership development at Microsoft and the chief architect of an award-winning international leadership program. Shannon believes anything is possible, and change is a series of baby steps taken along a path to transformation. In her new book, WE the Change: Launching Big Ideas and Creating New Realities, Shannon chronicles her adventure of having walked 500 miles across Spain without any prior hiking experience. WE the Change provides a road map for anyone yearning to transform their life, organization, or community.

“Humbled. Joyful. Grateful. Woke! These are the emotions I regularly feel when working with the Trinity Scholars. My work with the Foundation and the Scholars is deeply meaningful for me. The pressures students from under-served and financially challenged backgrounds experience as they enter college goes well beyond paying for it. I know. I was one of them. The pressure to fit in with people from vastly different socioeconomic backgrounds as well as navigating courses, majors, and ultimately job interviews when you are the first person in your family to attend college is significant. I am grateful the Foundation thought bigger than just financial support and considered the souls of its scholars. I am so proud to be a Trinity Education Foundation coach.”‍
Patty Miller, CPHR, MillerNet HR & Business Solutions

Coach

Patty Miller has 20+ years is a Senior HR Executive and Leadership Coach. Patty's experience is perfect for scholars, especially as they approach college's junior and senior years. She helps them create a noticeable resume and LinkedIn profile while providing mock interviews to ensure interview readiness.

“I can still remember this pivotal point in my life – ‘moving’ away from home and discovering who I am without my parents around. From the day to day of creating routines, paying bills, studying without someone telling me to, and food choices. Then there were the big picture discoveries: my own faith, purpose, and values, ‘what am I going to do when I grow up?’. As I think back on my experience of learning to ‘adult,’ it would have been so valuable to have a coach work with me and walk beside me through this discovery process. Coaching the scholars to guide them through individual discovery and life skills development is so valuable. It is what drew me to the Trinity Scholarship Program. The resource of coaching within the program is a blessing and invaluable experience for both the scholars and myself.”
Tom Patterson, D. Minn, ACC, Sound Coaching, LLC

Coach

Tom Patterson is an ICF credentialed leadership coach, specializing in helping you get a handle on being the leader of your own life -- then translating that clarity into how you engage in the leadership of others. ‍

“Coaching TSP Scholars has been a real joy. It is so refreshing to work with smart, young, forward looking future servant leaders. They have so much passion to make a difference in the world—each in unique ways. My twenty-plus years of youth ministry have shown me, that while the pressure can be high to go to college and graduate with some degree, many people just out of high school have no idea what they want to do. Once they earn a degree, they often do not use it and go a different route altogether. The TSP Scholars have been different in this respect. It is crucial to support these students in their efforts to discern calling as sharply as possible, and not all students have that luxury.”
Tammy Sargent, FiredUp! Culture

Coach

Tammy Sargent is an HR executive and expert with more than 20-years of experience. While actively working as the Director of Human Resources for a top marketing agency, Tammy also provides consulting work with FiredUp! Culture, an organizational and leadership consulting company. ‍

“I can still remember this pivotal point in my life – ‘moving’ away from home and discovering who I am without my parents around. From the day to day of creating routines, paying bills, studying without someone telling me to, and food choices. Then there were the big picture discoveries: my own faith, purpose, and values, ‘what am I going to do when I grow up?’. As I think back on my experience of learning to ‘adult,’ it would have been so valuable to have a coach work with me and walk beside me through this discovery process.‍Coaching the scholars to guide them through individual discovery and life skills development is so valuable. It is what drew me to the Trinity Scholarship Program. The resource of coaching within the program is a blessing and invaluable experience for both the scholars and myself.”
Rosemary Macauley, M. Ed., PCC, In Vision Coaching

Coach

Rosemary Macauley has over 30 years of experience working with students as a school counselor/intervention specialist with the Everett, WA School District. She has also worked for many years with special education students. Rosemary focuses on identifying one’s own personal strengths and knowing themselves at the core of their being.

“Coaching the TSP scholars has been one the most delightful, uplifting, and purposeful experiences of my life. Although counseling and coaching have many similarities and transferable skills, they also have fundamental differences. The most salient difference is that one of us has a problem in counseling, and one of us has an answer. In coaching, however, we are in a partnership of equals, working together to improve some aspect of behavior hindering moving forward or clarifying and delineating long and short range goals, and even uncovering deeper issues of life’s purpose and spiritual meaning. The aspect of having spiritual discussions within a coaching framework with these gifted, open-hearted scholars has been humbling, exhilarating, awe-inspiring and reciprocal in energy, respect, and love.”
Dawn Williams

Coach in Training

Graduate at student Pacific Lutheran University

"As a first gen student, I remember how overwhelming it was navigating the rigors of higher education. I needed so much support to set and accomplish my goals and to graduate on schedule so I could pursue a master’s degree. I will graduate in July 2021. So, I also know that going to school during a global pandemic and seeing constant civil unrest across the country is so stressful, making ordinary tasks more daunting. Coaching allows me to listen, guide and encourage students like me in their studies and goals, and to check on their overall well being. I get to do what others did for me. I am honored to be a part of their village/ community, and to be fully vested in their success. We got this!"

Our History

Trinity Education Foundation was formed in 2007 as a supporting organization to Trinity Lutheran College. Since then it has continued its mission of providing financial support and guidance for students throughout the Northwest.

Many know Trinity Lutheran College by its former name, Lutheran Bible Institute-Seattle, which was founded in 1944. Like many such institutions, the college experienced declining enrollment in recent years, and saw its final graduating class in 2016. The Foundation then decided to continue and expand its core mission by helping students attending accredited Christian colleges in the region.

The tradition of helping young people acquire a strong Christian education is continuing—through the support of our generous patrons.

1944

Lutheran Bible Institute-Seattle (LBIS) opened downtown, moving soon afterward to the north Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood. Students were offered programs in biblical studies, theology, and missions. Courses in Christian education and youth ministry soon followed.

1979

LBIS moved eastward to the Providence Heights area of Issaquah, Washington. The new campus was situated on 39 wooded acres formerly owned by the Sisters of Providence.

1982

LBIS was formally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

2007

Trinity Education Foundation was established as a supporting organization to Trinity Lutheran College to provide scholarships to students attending the college.

2008

Now renamed Trinity Lutheran College (TLC), the school relocated to downtown Everett, Washington. The former Port Gardner building was remodeled, adding to a campus that now included a Campus Center, adjacent parking garage, and two nearby student apartment buildings. TLC offered bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors and 17 minors, as well as two-year associate degrees in biblical studies, one-year certificates in professional studies, and one-year certificates in biblical studies. TLC maintained its distinctiveness as a biblically-centered institution by requiring all bachelor’s students to complete the Trinity Crux Curriculum, which included biblical studies, spiritual formation, and service learning.

2019

Continuing the legacy that inspired the founders of Lutheran Bible Institute and Trinity Lutheran College, Trinity Education Foundation is providing educational opportunities to new generations of promising college and seminary students.