Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund
The Seattle Schools Scholarship Fund Trustees have announced the names of 24 members of the Class of 2013, each a recipient of a $2000 scholarship for post-high school education. The awards ceremony was held at May 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Frances Penrose Auditorium at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence.
Chase Lindow and Jiayin Li, Ballard
Christiana D. Camilon and Oscas Rosas, Cleveland
Amanda Somvilay and Josh Valdez, Franklin
Lloyd Vincent Proctor, Jr. and Ilse Pamela Diaz Medrano, Garfield
Kendra Jackson-Jatta and Elias Agena Selama, Hale
Keise Mumin and Phillip Zhu, Ingraham
Ciera Rose Banks and Anthony Harris, Interagency
Brian Aragon-Perez, NOVA
Adriana Meraz-Gonzalez and KeiWuan Miller, Jr., Rainier Beach
Giddiany Romero and Hau Khan Khual, Roosevelt
Andry Xevandry and Mariah Rubio-Reboca, Sealth
Jayson Cadelina, South Lake
Spencer Watson and Xiaochun Lee, West Seattle
Eleanor Toews (Chair)
Eric Benson Michael DeBell Clara Scott Philip Konkel Myrna Muto
Frances B. North Barbara Peterson Elaine Wetterauer
Erma M. Hill (Financial) Rosemary Odom (History)
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 $2,000 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 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 24 scholarships of $2,000 each.
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.
Consideration is given to the following criteria in determining both the candidates and recipients of the Seattle Schools Scholarship Awards:
Candidates are selected by school counselors and the Scholarship Fund Committee Trustees.