The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council has established the Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the longtime board member who died earlier this year.
The fund will provide scholarships for young people ages 16-24 who are preparing to work in the trades. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, plan to attend an accredited institution and live in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Donations to the fund can be mailed to SWWDC, 805 Broadway, Suite 412, Vancouver.
Parker, a retired journeyman electrician, served almost nine years as a workforce council board member. He was a member of the Washington State Transportation Commission, chair of the Labor Roundtable of Southwest Washington, and a board member of the Clark County Public Facilities District.