Western Washington University Alumni Association

Anne Huntemer-Silveira

Major - Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown - Sonora, CA

‚ÄúReceiving this scholarship will be invaluable in allowing me to continue advancing my education and paving a pathway for success in my future.”

I am a junior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. Science has intrigued me since elementary school, and I have always been curious about the world around me and eager to learn. I also love volunteering in my community. For several years I helped teachers at my local elementary school with programs over the summer.Since coming to Western, I have volunteered a few times in preview events for incoming students and other activities, such as Back2Bellingham. I received my first Alumni scholarship as a freshman, and have renewed it the last two years.

This scholarship will enable me to continue devoting my attention to schoolwork, rather than needing to juggle classes with a part time job. As a student majoring in the sciences, every minute I get for studying is invaluable in understanding the material. The scholarship also takes me one step closer to minimizing debt from student loans. Every cent counts, and I am grateful for this demonstration of faith in my ability to succeed.

My father passed away when I was very young, and growing up in a single parent household has had a tremendous impact on the person I have become. As hard as it was having only one parent, my mother is one of the strongest, most loving people I know, and I aspire to be as independent and wise as her. She embodies the essence of one of my favorite quotes: “As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with more love and kindness to whatever might come our way.” This is how my mom raised me, and every day I do my best to live by those words. She has instilled in me a passion for life and a will to always follow my dreams, no matter how difficult the path may be. I would not be who I am today if it were not for her, and I consider myself extremely lucky to call her my mom.

Music has been a passion of mine since childhood, and coming to Western also sparked an interest in dancing. I have played the trumpet for nine years, and I learned to play the saxophone for my high school senior project. Listening to and playing music has continued to be a big part of my life since coming to college. My love of music has naturally extended into dancing as well. I started Salsa dancing as a freshman, and this last year I began Blues Fusion dancing. Going dancing with friends is one of my favorite ways to de-stress after a busy week. I also enjoy reading and drawing in my spare time.


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