Highline Schools Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Highline Schools Foundation is proud to announce that college or technical school scholarship awards, totaling $173,000, have been given to 23 bright and capable graduates from Big Picture, Evergreen, Highline, Mount Rainier, Raisbeck Aviation, and Tyee High Schools. Read more about this year’s scholarship winners below!

Scholarships through the Highline Schools Foundation

With tuition costs rising, students rely on financial aid and scholarships to help fund their education. Highline Public School seniors are invited to apply for scholarships in their senior year of high school to help reduce the cost of post-secondary education. 

Scholarships are made possible by gifts made to the Foundation. Each donor helps to set the criteria for how students will be selected for the scholarship they fund. The one common factor to all Highline Schools Foundation scholarships is need. All scholarship applications are screened for need based on the Washington State DSHS Median Income Chart. Scholarships awards range from a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a $24,000 scholarship paid out over four years. All scholarships are paid directly to the educational institution and can be used for tuition, on-campus housing, books, and fees.

Students are considered for all Foundation scholarships by filling out one application. The 2022 Scholarship application will open in December 2021, for Highline Public Schools students graduating in June 2022.

2021 Scholarship Winners

The following scholarships were awarded to graduates of the Class of 2021:


Scholarship Description

2021 Recipients and High Schools

13th Year Scholarship

The 13th Year Scholarship was established in 2017 by Highline High School graduate and retired Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden and his wife Danielle to support students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education beyond high school. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and achievement.

  • Lucia Garcia Avelar, Tyee High School
  • Anam Hakim, Mount Rainier High School
  • Raelyn Lowery, Highline High School
  • Selena Nguyen, Highline High School

Alaska Airlines Scholarship and Alaska Airlines Raisbeck Aviation Scholarship

The Alaska Airlines Scholarship was established in 2014 through the generosity of Alaska Airlines, an important partner of the Highline Schools Foundation. The scholarship criteria include financial need, academic merit and achievement, and students’ future goals. The Alaska Airlines Raisbeck Aviation Scholarship is awarded to students from Raisbeck Aviation High School.

  • Ny Ha, Highline High School
  • Diem Nguyen, Highline High School
  • Jibril Ali-Halane, Raisbeck Aviation High School
  • Alexis Sorm, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Anne Gregory Memorial Scholarship

New in 2021, this scholarship named in memory of former Evergreen teacher Anne Gregory, was created to support Evergreen High School graduates who have mitigating financial circumstances that limit their access to financial resources. The Anne Gregory Memorial Scholarship is funded through individual donations.

  • Aileen Hernandez Espinosa, Evergreen High School

Carrell Family Scholarship

New in 2021, this scholarship was created to support Evergreen High School graduates.

  • Javier Garcia-Espinosa, Evergreen High School

CM Garrity Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of Highline alumnus Charles Garrity — the CM Garrity Scholarship was established in 2015. The scholarship criteria include financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service or extracurricular activities.

  • Dawit Solomon, Mount Rainier High School
  • Karetina Tessema, Mount Rainier High School

Harriette Fredenburg Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an Evergreen High School student who plans to study mathematics or education.

  • Javier Garcia-Espinosa, Evergreen High School

Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship

The Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship is funded through individual gifts toward a general scholarship fund, initially established through an anonymous major gift to the foundation.

  • Natnael Andemeskal, Tyee High School
  • Nha Khuc, Highline High School
  • Trinh Le, Tyee High School

Light & Love Scholarship

Created in memory of Dominick Pappas, this scholarship honors demonstrated warmth and kindness, illustrated through an additional recommendation from a counselor, teacher, or related figure. 

  • Megan Vuong, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Nature Stewards Environmental Science Scholarship

New in 2021, this scholarship was created to support a graduate of any Highline high school who plans to study environmental science.

  • Nha Khuc, Highline High School

Pay It Forward Scholarship

Created by Vy Truong and Billy Chaung, this scholarship recognizes graduates from Evergreen High School.

  • Jemiyah Barker, Evergreen High School
  • Ashley Saeteurn, Evergreen High School

Seattle Tacoma International Airport Scholarship

Established in 2002, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship is the Foundation’s longest running scholarship. This needs-based scholarship is funded through the annual Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Charity Golf Tournament organized by volunteer employees of the Port of Seattle and HMS Host.

  • Ricardo Gonzalez Ceja, Highline High School
  • Fana Hagos, Evergreen High School
  • Jasmeen Kaur, Evergreen High School

Severson Leadership Scholarship

Created by Anna and Daniel Nguyen, this scholarship was created to honor a former Evergreen High School counselor. It is awarded to a student from Evergreen who demonstrates strong leadership.

  • Nguyen Vo, Evergreen High School

TinShip Scholarship

Created and funded by The Tin Room owner, Dan House, and its patrons, this scholarship is targeted toward individuals planning to attend an accredited trade or vocational school.

  • Ronaldo Amador, Big Picture

Scholarship Payment Form

If you received a scholarship in 2020 and need to turn in your school information so that we can pay your scholarship, click on the icon above to complete the Scholarship Payment Form.

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