Major - Urban Planning
Hometown - Duvall, WA
“The recognition and the financial help from this scholarship have given me the inspiration and excitement to begin my senior year strong."
I have lived in Washington my whole life. I grew up in the foothills of the cascades in the small town of Duvall where I attended Cedarcrest High School. My senior year was filled with college applications, letters of recommendation and college interviews. Through the process I realized that Western Washington University was the best fit for me. Between the price, the draw of Huxley College and the beautiful campus and surrounding area, my choice was made. I found the Alumni Scholarship when I was researching scholarships to lessen the financial burden on my parents. I felt the scholarship recognized achievements similar to my own—community work, excellence in academics and goals for the future. Receiving this scholarship has given me a lot of confidence to know that I had the support of Western’s Alumni and it has given me the drive to excel in my studies and prove that I am deserving of the honor.
Receiving this scholarship means that I will have significantly less stress about money. It means I won’t have to take a second job on the weekends. It means I can focus more on my studies. It means I can take the class loads that I need in order to graduate on time. This scholarship also reaffirms that time spent on academics is never a waste. Sometimes school can be overwhelming, but then things like receiving this scholarship happen, I realize that hard work does pay off and that my University recognizes my achievements and believes in what I am capable of.
College has been a life-changing experience for me. It has allowed me to meet people I never would have, learned about the world in ways I never would have imagined, and through it I have found my voice and realized my potential. I am grateful for the privilege of being a student because my education has helped me become a stronger and wiser human.
When I’m not studying I enjoy playing rec volleyball, going on hikes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, kayaking in the Puget Sound and Lake Whatcom, baking, gardening, quilting and painting.