Linder Foundation

2019 Linder Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2018-19 Linder Foundation Award Winners!


PURPOSE:  The Paul Linder Educational Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in education within Central Kitsap School District.  It awards Linder Academic Grants to students and staff to promote higher levels of academic achievement. Grants are designed to fund training for students and staff or to purchase unique equipment and materials to expand learning in the classroom. The grant process requires recipients to share their new knowledge with others and to share their results with the Linder Foundation Board. The Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to staff and students.

The success of the Foundation is due to the all-volunteer efforts of its Board of Directors, resulting in no administrative costs for the organization. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Paul Linder Educational Foundation and its endowment are funded through individual donations, along with dollars raised through corporate gifts and other fundraising efforts.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES: Linder Foundation Grants provide opportunities that support educational excellence in the Central Kitsap School District. Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available fall 2019.

HISTORY:   The Paul Linder Educational Foundation benefiting Central Kitsap School District was established in January 1986 and was incorporated in January 1987.  The Founders wished to recognize Paul Linder's lifetime commitment to education excellence, and they had enthusiastic support from the Central Kitsap School District Board of Directors and the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce.

  Paul Linder began teaching in Central Kitsap Schools in 1947.  He coached baseball and basketball, and served as a principal and curriculum director, as well.  He became superintendent in 1974 and retired from the District in 1978.  Paul Linder was a founder and president of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Rotary club of Silverdale, as well as many other civic organizations.  He received the Washington Award in 1989 from the Washington Business and Public Relations Society of America.  His death on January 15, 1990, left a void in our community that spurred the ongoing Linder Foundation efforts to support educational excellence in Central Kitsap School District in honor of his memory.

QUESTIONS:  For information about how to join the Linder Foundation, make a donation, or to become a corporate sponsor, please contact Scott McDaniel at

The Paul Linder Educational Foundation
PO Box 2234
Silverdale, WA 98383

In Memoriam
Natalie Bryson

Natalie Bryson

On June 19, 2018, our founder and past President, Natalie E. Bryson, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her children.  Natalie was passionate about educational excellence and determined to bring additional resources to students and staff in the Central Kitsap School District, where her six children were educated.

In 1986, Natalie established The Paul Linder Educational Foundation, which was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charity in 1987.  She worked tirelessly to raise funds for grants to students and staff, and she delighted in meeting recipients and celebrating them.

The funds awarded by The Paul Linder Educational Foundation give students and staff the opportunity to acquire educational materials, opportunities and experiences that cannot be purchased within the regular school district budget.

In addition to her work with The Paul Linder Educational Foundation, Natalie was a founding member of the Central Kitsap Community Council, a 50-year member of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and the first woman to become a member of the Silverdale Rotary Club.  Her family has created a website that provides information about her life and legacy, as well as links to photographs and some of Natalie’s interviews and awards.  You can view the website at

Congressman Derek Kilmer paid a glowing tribute to Natalie on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 14.  It was read into the Congressional Record.
You can listen to his message on (A print copy is also available at the family’s web page.)

A Celebration of the Life of Natalie Bryson (1931-2018) will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 2 p.m., at Klahowya Secondary School, 7607 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale, WA 98383.

The Paul Linder Educational Foundation salutes Natalie Bryson for her vision and leadership and sends deep condolences to her much beloved family.