Highline Schools Foundation awards nearly $200,000 in scholarships


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The Highline Schools Foundation announced this week that they awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to graduating students in Highline Public Schools this year.

“A critical goal of the foundation is to help students succeed in school and beyond,” David Baisch, Highline Schools Foundation President-Elect, said. “We try to do everything we can to make college a reality for many of our district’s well-deserving students.”

Scholarship recipients and their families attended a scholarship reception last week where they got to meet some of the scholarship funders and Highline Schools Foundation trustees, Highline Public School Superintendent Susan Enfield and Highline Public Schools Board President Joe Van and board member Faíizah Bradford.

“This group of scholarship recipients is motivated, smart, and wise beyond their years,” said Marco Milanese, Highline Schools Foundation’s Past President. “These scholarship recipients are a wonderful example of the students in our district and we are so proud of them all.”

13th Year Scholarship
The 13th Year Scholarship was established in 2017 by Highline High School graduate and Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and his wife Danielle to support students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education beyond high school. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and achievement.

Four students received a 13th Year Scholarship this year:

  • Katalia Alexander from Mount Rainier High School. Katalia will be attending the Emory University where she will study Political Science with a possible minor in Business.
  • Abel Berhan from Evergreen High School. Abel will be attending Harvard where he plans to major in Government with a minor in Economics.
  • Khatami Chau from Evergreen High School. Khatami is headed to University of Washington where he will major in Public Policy and Public Health.
  • Saul Romero from Evergreen High School. Saul is going to the University of Washington where he has received direct admission to the College of Engineering. He plans to major in Computer Hardware/Computer Science Engineering

Alaska Airlines
The Alaska Airlines Scholarship was established in 2014 through the generosity of Alaska Airlines, an important partner with Highline Schools Foundation. The scholarship criteria include financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the studentís future goals.

Four students received an Alaska Airlines Scholarship this year:

  • Aracely Casillas from Tyee High School. Aracely plans to study Computer Science this fall at the University of Washington with a minor in Sociology and Diversity.
  • Joshua Sherbrooke from Raisbeck Aviation High School. Joshua will attend University of Washington in the fall having been offered direct admission to the Computer Science program.
  • Rachel Phuong from Raisbeck Aviation High School. Rachel will be attending University of Washington in the fall where she plans to major in Computer Engineering.
  • Sofia Herrera from Evergreen High School. Sofia is headed to South Seattle College to complete her AA before transferring to the University of Washington in the fall of 2019. She plans to major in Civil Engineering.

Civility & Social Responsibility Scholarship
The Civility and Social Responsibility Scholarship was established in 2017 by retired Highline teacher Carlyn Hove Roedell and her sister Robyn Hove Layng to help a student who is committed to demonstrating and improving civility and social responsibility in our society. This scholarship is awarded based on a studentís commitment to civility and social responsibility; writing skills, academic achievement, financial need; leadership skills; extent of community involvement; and work history.

The recipient of this scholarship is Cathy Nguyen from Highline High School. Cathy plans to attend Stanford this fall where she hopes to major in Clinical Psychology or Statistics.

Linda Dougherty Memorial Scholarship
The Linda Dougherty Memorial Scholarship is a new scholarship this year which is presented by the Burien Arts Association to honor one of their members, Linda Dougherty, who passed away in 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 Artsí functions. 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 grant writing expertise.

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.

CM Garrity Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of Highline alumni Charles Garrity ó the CM Garrity Scholarship was established in 2015. The scholarship criteria include financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service or extracurricular activities.

Two students received a CM Garrity Scholarship this year:

  • Cesar Paul Lopez from Highline High School. Cesar is attending the University of Washington this fall to study Mechanical Engineering.
  • Judy Nguyen from Evergreen High School. Judy will be attending the University of Washington to study Biochemistry.

Evelyne Rozner & Matt Griffin Scholarship
Thanks to the generosity of property developer Matt Griffin and his wife, Evelyne Rozneróthe Evelyne Rozner & Matt Griffin Scholarship was established in 2017 and is awarded to a graduating student from Highline Public Schools who plans to study engineering, math, or physics. This scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service or extracurricular activities.

The recipient of Evelyne Rozner & Matt Griffin Scholarship is Jasmine Fisher from Evergreen High School. Jasmine is headed to Gonzaga University this fall where she will major in Engineering.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship
Started in 2002, The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship is the Foundationís longest running scholarship. This needs-based scholarship is funded through the annual the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship charity golf tournament (sponsored by volunteer employees of the Port of Seattle and HMS Host).

Three students received a STIA Scholarship this year:

  • Angel Morales from Big Picture School. Angel will attend University of Washington, Tacoma in the fall. He plans to work towards a major in Electrical Engineering.
  • Waltana Dawit from Mount Rainier High School. Waltana is attending the University of Washington to study Microbiology.
  • Hamse Igge from Tyee High School. Hamse is attending the Highline College this fall to study biology ñ as he heads toward Dental School.

“Congratulations scholarship recipients. We wish you the best on graduation, your summer, and your start of college!”

The Light & Love Scholarship, Tin Ship and Powell Family scholarships will be awarded later this spring.

The Highline Schools Foundation strives to be a bridge to opportunity for Highline Public School students. ìOur scholarship program wouldnít be possible without their amazing fundersî said Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director. ìWe wish to thank the many businesses and community members who funded the 2018 scholarships including the volunteer employees of the Port of Seattle & HMS Host; Alaska Airlines; Charles Garrity; Brad and Danielle Tilden; Matt Griffin and Evelyne Rozner; Burien Arts; Powell Family; The Tin Room and its patrons; HPS retired teacher Carlyn Hove Roedell and her sister Robyn Hove Layng; and HPS employee Nancy Pappas and family.î

For additional information about the Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship program, visit highlineschoolsfoundation.org or contact Anne Baunach, Executive Director, Highline Schools Foundation at (206) 631-3120.

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