Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund

The Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund Trustees held an awards ceremony on May 19, 2016 for 26 members of the Class of 2016, each a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship for post-high school education. The awards ceremony was held in the Frances Penrose Auditorium at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence.

  • Mari Reyes and Handwalla Bwana, Ballard
  • Alicia Fife, Center School
  • Kersea Rosemary Washington and Kailas Luna Cuerpo, Cleveland
  • John Doan and Dianne-Maureen Orines, Franklin
  • Mryam Girmay and Ahmed Ali, Garfield
  • Edy Rudith Acosta and Andy Le, Nathan Hale
  • Carlos Jafet Rimirez and Serissa Thalia Campbell, Ingraham
  • Makeda Gray, Interagency
  • Dieshay Dodds, Middle College
  • Luna Malia Azzuni, Nova
  • Aristotle Marr and Deja Sopher Frazier, Rainier Beach
  • Bayley Peterson and Jason Dan, Roosevelt
  • Christian Martinez Hernandez and Loan Lam, Chief Sealth
  • Marian Koke, Seattle World School
  • Gabriana Martinez-Garcia, South Lake
  • Anthony Douglas and Justina Lang, West Seattle

Eleanor Toews (Chair)

Eric Benson (Vice-chair)
Michael DeBell
Linda Ellingboe
Leslie Harris
Myrna Muto
Barbara Peterson
Kathie Pham
Clara Scott
Dietrich A.C. Schmitz
Richard Staudt

Ronald D. Boy (Legal)
Erma M. Hill (Financial)

History of the Scholarship Trust Fund

The Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund was established in 1974 to provide financial assistance to deserving graduates from Seattle Public Schools for first year college related expenses. The major goal of the fund is to reward students who have overcome significant life challenges to obtain a high school diploma and who might not ordinarily be considered for a higher education scholarship.These non-renewable awards of $2,500 each are distributed among young men and women from both traditional and alternative high schools in Seattle Public Schools who reflect the diverse ethnic population of the school district. Awards are disbursed directly to the institution.

The fund increased significantly on three occasions:

  • In 1983 Superintendent Donald Steele recorded an album with country singer Tammy Wynette. All proceeds ($90,000) from its sales were directed to the Scholarship Fund.
  • In 1999 the fund increased by $11,000 when contributions in honor of long-time school board member, Ellen J. Roe were made upon her retirement.
  • In 2004 Nora B. Adams, former teacher and principal in Seattle Public Schools, left a bequest of nearly $600,000 to the Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund. 

Nora Adams

Nora B. Adams 1928-2004
Teacher:  Shareples Jr. High and T. T. Minor Elementary
Principal:  T. T. Minor, Bryant, Sacajawea, Dunalp, Seward Elemenary Schools

  • An annual $6,000 contribution from the Seattle School Retirees Association (SSRA) has benefited the fund significantly over the years.

  • Donations have come from many sources including district employees and the community.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Fund in 1974, the number and amounts of scholarships granted has increased to 26 scholarships of $2,00 each.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive a Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund award, the student must:

  • be a graduating senior of a Seattle Public Schools high school during the year the award is awarded,


  • be a current resident of the State of Washington, and


  • have demonstrated a certain level of academic achievement and potential for college success.

Selection Criteria

Consideration is given to the following criteria in determining both the candidates and recipients of the Seattle Schools Scholarship Awards:

  • financial need
  • recognizable contribution to their school and/or the community
  • performance in academic pursuits
  • candidates have overcome significant life challenges to obtain a high school diploma.

Candidates are selected by school counselors and the Scholarship Fund Committee Trustees.

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