Aberdeen native establishes scholarship fund

Keith Rattie, a 1972 Aberdeen High School graduate who went on to a prominent career in the energy industry, attended college with the help of a scholarship program for AHS students back then.

Now, he and his wife have established their own scholarship fund through the Grays Harbor Community Foundation.

The Keith and Nancy Rattie Scholarship is for AHS graduates majoring in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The scholarship is renewable for three additional years.

A self-proclaimed Aberdeen boy who says he “didn’t have a clue” what he wanted to do after high school, Rattie went on to graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and then earned a master’s degree at St. Mary’s College — all thanks in large part to “Dollars for Scholars.” That program, available at Aberdeen High School in the 1970s, provided the financial support he needed to further his education.

Rattie began his career at Chevron Corp., serving in various engineering, operations and project management roles, including general manager of the international natural gas division.

From there, he became senior vice president of the Coastal Corp. and then chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corp.

He is now retired.