2023 Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Thanks to generous contributors, the Highline Schools Foundation is proud to offer many different types of scholarships with awards up to $30,000 — and only one application to complete!

Scholarships are made possible by gifts made to the Foundation, both through individual gifts and endowed funds providing long-term scholarship support. Nearly all of our scholarships are needs-based, and applications are screened based on the Washington State DSHS Median Income Chart. All scholarships are paid directly to the student’s educational institution and may be used for tuition, on-campus housing, books, and fees.

2023 HSF Scholarship Awards Announced

Highline Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce scholarships totaling $233,000 have been awarded to 34 graduating seniors from across Highline Public Schools, including students from Evergreen High School, Highline Big Picture, Highline High School, Mount Rainier High School, Puget Sound Skills Center, Raisbeck Aviation High School, and Tyee High School.

“Choosing to invest in these incredible scholars from Highline Public Schools is such a wise decision,” says Fred Swanson, Executive Director. “Highline Schools Foundation is so grateful for the ever-growing group of steadfast supporters who help fund these scholarships, and we’re so incredibly proud of all of the graduating seniors in Highline.” Additional donations towards scholarships are always welcome.

Awards were presented to students at the 2023 HSF Scholarship Reception, held on Thursday, May 11th at Highline Public School’s Central Office. Scholarship recipients listed below.

2023 Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Recipients

13th Year Scholarship
Established in 2017 by Highline High School grad and retired Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, and his wife Danielle, this scholarship supports students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education beyond high school. Four (4) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.

  • Ana Chamale, Evergreen High School
  • Daniel Lucatero-Diaz, Tyee High School
  • Jenny Phan, Mount Rainier High School
  • Crystal Tran, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Alaska Airlines Scholarship and Alaska Airlines Raisbeck Aviation Scholarship
This scholarship, funded by Alaska Airlines, offers four (4) awards of $5,000 to two graduates of any Highline Public Schools’ high school and to two students graduating from Raisbeck Aviation High School in 2022.

  • Malia Goda, Mount Rainier High School
  • Kaylin Huynh, Tyee High School
  • Alexis Lee, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Cade Scheff, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Anne Gregory Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created to support Evergreen High School graduates who have mitigating financial circumstances that limit their access to financial resources. The scholarship was set up in memory of former Evergreen teacher Anne Gregory. This scholarship is $2,000 for the first year of college.

  • Carla Castaneda-Martinez, Evergreen High School

Beyond Opportunity & Impact Scholarship
New in 2023! The Beyond Opportunity & Impact Scholarship was created by lifelong educator and educational mentor Dr. Christine Katayama, to support graduating seniors attending Puget Sound Skills Center. Awarded to a student who is a team player, dedicated to the professional they began studying at PSSC.

  • Roslyn Denson, Puget Sound Skills Center

Burien Arts Association Scholarship
This scholarship is for a Highline Public Schools graduate who will pursue a visual arts degree at an accredited arts organization or four-year college/university. This is a one-time award of $1,000.

  • Isabella Wammer, Highline Big Picture High School

Burien PRIDE Scholarship
New in 2023! Created in partnership with Burien PRIDE, this scholarship celebrates students who have helped advance and support LGBTQ+ communities. 

  • Katie Box, Highline High School
  • Ava Michler, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Makenna Judi, Highline Big Picture High School

Catherine Foss Scholarship                                          
Named for former teacher Catherine Foss, this scholarship provides $5,000 annually for up to four years (if a minimum 2.5 GPA is maintained) to a Highline Public Schools student attending an accredited college or trade school. 

  • Ali Karim, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Sandra Mercado, Tyee High School

CM Garrity Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Highline High School Alumnus Charles Garrity, the CM Garrity Scholarship provides $30,000 over four years. Scholarship criteria include financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service or extracurricular activities.

  • Sirak Kebede, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Joanna Palmer, Mount Rainier High School

Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Beta Scholarship
New in 2023! This scholarship is for female-identifying graduating seniors planning to study education. Funded by the Beta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, this scholarship has a total award of $10,000 over two years, and will be awarded to two students.

  • Frida Ventura, Highline High School
  • Lauren Wride, Highline Big Picture High School

Fred Vaughan Scholarship
The Fred Vaughan Scholarship provides a one-time $2,000 scholarship to students graduating from any Highline Public Schools high school based on need, academic achievement, and community service.

  •  Neidy Avila Ramirez, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Fredenburg Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, created in memory of Harriette Fredenburg, beloved math teacher at Evergreen High School, is a one-time $1,000 award to one Evergreen High School graduating senior, who plans to study math or education.

  • Saul Morales-Cassasco, Evergreen High School

Gateway Scholarship
Created by community member Randi Sibonga, this scholarship is to support students who have experienced homelessness. This annual scholarship with a one-time award of $5,000 is for graduating seniors from any high school in Highline with financial need.

  • Estela Heredia Rodriguez, Highline High School

Highline Challenge Scholarship
The Highline Challenge Scholarship is provided by Secondary Success and Career Readiness at Highline Public Schools to support students graduating from any Highline Public Schools high school to best prepare for the future they choose.  

  • Grace Pilo, Mount Rainier High School

Highline Promise Scholarship
Created by former Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield, this scholarship is unique in that it is offered for students pursuing post-high school education (college or trade school) or those planning a direct career path like the military, vocational, or other career pathway. Recipients of this one year award of $5,000 will be first-generation students — those who are the first in their family to attend college or, for those pursuing other career pathways, be a student whose parents did not attend college.

  • Jehan Hashi, Mount Rainier High School

Nature Stewards Environmental Science Scholarship
This scholarship was created to support a graduate of any Highline high school who is looking to study environmental science in their post-secondary studies. Funded by local environmental nonprofit Weed Warriors, the scholarship is $3,000 for the first year of college.

  • Irene Gibson, Mount Rainier High School

Pat Hedges Memorial Scholarship
New in 2023! Funded through the SEA Golf Tournament, this new scholarship is a one-time $10,000 award in memory of Pat Hedges, longtime HMSHost employee at SeaTac Airport, who aided in the creation of the SEA Golf Tournament, and development of the STIA Scholarship (now SEA Scholarship). 

  • Lidia Workneh, Evergreen High School

Pay It Forward Scholarship
Funded by two alumni of Evergreen High School, Vy Troung and Billy Chang, this scholarship recognizes graduates from Evergreen High School. Up to three (3) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

  • Yoshiro Espinoza Leon, Evergreen High School
  • Jonathan Rios, Evergreen High School
  • Angel Naranjo Jimenez, Evergreen High School

SEA Scholarship
This is the Foundation’s longest running scholarship, funded through the SEA Golf Tournament held each July. Three scholarships will be awarded to students motivated to pursue a STEM education. Two scholarships are for $10,000 each for students planning to attend a 4-year college or university; one is for $5,000 for students planning to attend a trade school or 2-year degree program; all are renewable for a second year if minimum GPA of 2.5 is achieved. 

  • Aracely Duran Arias, Highline High School
  • Dylan Berger, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Jackson Gorney, Mount Rainier High School

TinShip (The Tin Room Scholarship)
Created and funded owner of The Tin Room, Dan House, and The Tin Room’s patrons, this scholarship is for graduating seniors planning to attend a trade or vocational school. One $3,000 award toward a regionally accredited technical or trade school or program will be presented this year.

  • Jonathan Uribe, Mount Rainier

Scholarship Payment Form

If you received a scholarship in 2023, please click on the form link above to access the scholarship payment form. Please complete the form to ensure your scholarship money is processed correctly and in time for any due dates. Scholarship funds are pair directly to your school. Please allow for up to one (1) month for this process. If you received a scholarship between 2019-2022, and have not used all of your funds, you may also complete this form for scholarship fund distribution.

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