PHOTOS: Highline High Senior Receives Surprise $5,000 Scholarship Check
At an assembly Thursday afternoon (June 10), Bikram Subba, a Highline High School senior, received a great surprise at a school assembly that featured performers from Cirque de Soleil – a $5,000 scholarship check from Sun Life Financial.
Subba is one of three Seattle-area students to receive the Sun Life Rising Star Award. A total of $165,000 in grants and scholarships was awarded to area students and non-profits by Sun Life.
Bikram is a recent immigrant from Nepal, where he lived amid daily violence and extreme poverty. Bikram looked to dancing and singing as a source of joy and strength and started a dance group to share this gift with children and youth in Nepal. He brought his passion and talent with him to the U.S. and has started a Nepali dance group here involving more than 50 Nepali students.Â The group has performed in numerous shows around South King County.
Sun Life provides scholarships to help at-risk students continue their education. Winning students receive a $5,000 scholarship and participate in the Sun Life Rising Star National Summit held in Boston. Students attending the Summit may participate in an essay contest with the winners qualifying for a 4-year scholarship worth up to $50,000.
Scott Schaefer was on hand, and he took these photos: