Linda Dougherty Memorial Arts Scholarship

In honor of Linda Dougherty, Burien Arts established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors going on to study the arts. Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days and served multiple times as president. Burien Arts trustees created the Linda Dougherty Memorial Art Scholarship as a tribute to Linda. The scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s future goals. Scholarships are awarded to the recipients during their first year of study at a 2 or 4-year institution.

The first recipient of the Linda Dougherty Memorial Scholarship is Natalie Moeller from Mount Rainier High School. Natalie plans to attend Cornish College of the Arts.

“Throughout my life, dance has taught me determination, perseverance, how to reach towards a goal, and how to work as a team. Most of all, dance has taught me about having a passion.  I’ve learned that the bonds created in a dance studio are ones that can never be broken no matter how far each graduate travels to pursue their career. I truly believe I would not nearly be the person I am today had dance not been a big part of my life.” ~ Natalie


Linda DoughertyIn 2018, Burien Arts established a scholarship for graduating high school seniors going on to study the arts in honor of Linda Dougherty who passed away on July 7, 2015.

Linda was an active member of Burien Arts since its early days and served multiple times as president. She was a very visible volunteer at every and all Burien Arts’ functions, especially the Strawberry Shortcake Booth during the festival. She was a generous collector of art by local artists, and she proudly displayed their work in her home. Her administrative savvy was especially needed and appreciated by Burien Arts. She mentored new board members and shared her executive skills and grantwriting expertise.

She was also employed as Director of Road Services for King County government where she was well known for taking leftovers from county events and walking them over to homeless shelters. She was selfless, a ray of brightness and good humor and we sorely miss her!

Burien Arts trustees have decided that creating the Linda Dougherty Memorial Art Scholarship would be a fitting tribute to Linda.

About Burien Arts Association

Burien Arts Association’s mission is: “To enrich the lives of all members of the Burien communities through the arts.”

Burien Arts Association was named Charity of the Year in 2016.

Burien Arts Association (BA) formed in 1964 as Burien Arts Gallery, an informal group of local artists, art enthusiasts and activists who wished to increase access to art in local schools and secure a place to display artists’ work.

BA incorporated in 1968.  Over the years, Burien Arts evolved and thrived, spawning the Highline Historical Society, Burien Little Theater (now Burien Actors Theater) and the annual Heritage Fair and Strawberry Festival (originally a celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial.) The historical society and theater company continue to operate, independently of BA, as does the Strawberry Festival, now run by a festival organizer hired by the City of Burien.

Over the years, Burien Arts has expanded as it responded to community needs.  It now sponsors free Shakespeare in the Park plays each summer; life drawing; the Burien Jazz Walk; free face painting at city cultural events in the summer and fall; and the annual Vision 20/20 Art Event as well as poetry readings and humanities offerings. Returning to its roots, BA now offers free student art workshops and adult drawing and painting workshops.  Now, in 2018 Burien Arts initiates the Linda Dougherty Memorial Art Scholarship.

From 2013 to 2016 Burien Arts ran a storefront gallery in Olde Burien with monthly art exhibits.  Due to insufficient revenue, that gallery had to close.  In January 2017, BA debuted its new Pop-up Art Exhibit program in the City Hall lobby in the Burien Library & City Hall Building, and now in the Burien Community Center. More pop-up exhibits will display around town in a range of venues.

Now in its 54th year, Burien Arts looks forward to many more years of serving the Burien/Highline area with the finest in arts programming, experiences and opportunities as well as arts advocacy. We thank the whole community for its support.


Thank you to Burien Arts Association for their generous partnership, which makes this scholarship award possible.