Fotheringham Family

Tommy Fotheringham was 23 years-old, spending a semester as an international student at Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan. While living his dream of immersion in the culture, politics, economics, history, food, and language of Japan, his life was tragically cut short.


In honor of Tommy Fotheringham and his enthusiasm for learning, the Fotheringham family has created a scholarship to help students at Seattle Central College realize their dreams. Tommy believed that working together as a community creates meaningful change. Here in Seattle, Tommy worked with the LGBTQ and Gay-Straight Alliance communities to foster tolerance. On a broader scale, Tommy believed that the study of languages leads to better communication which in turn fosters understanding of foreign cultures.

Tommy’s scholarship will be his legacy. He may no longer be with us on this earth, but his values, beliefs, and love of life will go on through the students he helps.