Mary L. Seilo Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was set up to honor Mary L. Seilo by her family and friends. Scholarships will be awarded to deserving young people who graduate from Ferndale High School.
After her passion and love for family and friends, education was the main pillar of Mary’s life. In 1961, she graduated from Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette. Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from Northern Michigan University in 1965 and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio University in 1969. Mary left a lasting imprint on anyone who was fortunate enough to have her as a teacher, by applying her compassion, intelligence, work ethic, dedication, leadership, and sass. She started her career in 1965 teaching English for one year at Waterford Township High School in Waterford, MI. She then taught English for one year at Pueblo High School in Tucson, followed by three years teaching English at Nelsonville-York middle and high schools. After moving to Bellingham, Mary settled in at Ferndale High School where she taught a variety of subjects including English, Journalism, American Studies, Newspaper, and Yearbook for 40 years before retiring in 2010. In 1986, Mary was named the Washington State Journalism Teacher of the Year and under her steadfast leadership, Ferndale High School’s newspapers and yearbooks were consistently held in the highest regard. Mary was a Golden Eagle to her core, even in the face of her disgruntled sons (Sehome and Squalicum graduates). She loved the Ferndale community, particularly her students and colleagues.