Major - Science
Hometown - Cashmere, WA
“This award has inspired me with extra ambition to get involved at Western Washington University and to help others and my community while maintaining exceptional grades.”
Growing up my parents always said, “It is easy to be ordinary, but it takes courage and hard work to excel.” In continuing my educational journey, these wise words are my motivation to achieve my goals both academically and within my schools and community. College is an opportunity for me to explore and broaden my interests. It will help me gain the knowledge and experience needed to progress into a career and life. I understand that attending college is more than just earning a degree so I can obtain employment, it is an opportunity to mature and become a well-educated member of society. Attending Western Washington University will promote self-growth as I experience a new social environment that will require responsibility, discipline, and focus. It will teach me life lessons to live independently, with minimal supervision and guidance.
My junior year in high school I enrolled at Wenatchee Valley College to advance my education, take more challenging courses, and take advantage of opportunities.
It is a privilege and honor to be the recipient of this highly respected scholarship. The high cost of obtaining a higher education is overwhelming, so I am truly grateful for the financial assistance. With the support of this scholarship, I will have more time to study and focus on my degree at Western Washington University. It is donors like the Western Alumni Association that give graciously to upcoming scholars to guarantee a brighter and self-aware generation of college students. I will strive to continue to be a good student, leader, and person. I want to be a positive example to my younger siblings and show them that hard work and perseverance pays off.
Attending Wenatchee Valley College through the Running Start program has had a huge impact on my life and educational path. I was able to take more challenging courses and gain experience in a college setting. I feel the experiences and education I gained through the program has primed me for a smoother transition into WWU. Another program that impacted my life was being part of the Youth United Volunteer Group. As a member, I was able to learn and experience the true meaning of selfless acts. Over the years I have volunteered hundreds of hours in my school, community, and state. Being of service is both rewarding and beneficial to myself and those around me. Youth United encouraged me to participate in all dynamics of community service. From helping out at our community museum and schools to being a Page for the Lt. Governor of Washington, I found life more gratifying and fulfilling when helping others.
When I am not studying or working, I like to spend my free time volunteering and going on adventures with my friends and family. I believe giving back to my community is important because of the impact it makes on the lives of those in need. I also like to explore and make memories with those closest to me. I love taking advantage of the great outdoors and traveling. In the summertime I attend several archery events, boat, fish, and camp. I enjoy the peace and tranquil feeling nature offers. Traveling and exploring new cultures is also appealing. It is amazing to learn and experience new things beyond my small town. I firmly believe there is no time like now, and everyday can be an adventure.