The lead article in Wednesday’s Herald, “No money for top scholars,” brought back emotions of sadness and bitter disappointment to my granddaughter Aly Weir and her family.
Aly graduated with the class of 2011 from Cascade High School and was one of the three Everett (38th District) recipients of the award. The Washington Scholars award was always one of her goals as a means of attending the University of Washington. Her high school years were totally immersed in school leadership, academics, athletics, and service to the communit6y and her church.
Unlike the 2012 graduates, who at least were aware of the non-monetary aspect of the award, the 2011 recipients were not. Aly excitedly received her letter that started out “Congratulations on being selected as a recipient …” I believe it wasn’t until the third paragraph that the bad news came — that unfortunately due to cutbacks … yadayadayada … there ain’t no water in the well. Boy, talk about disappointment and going from a high to a real low in 15 seconds.
I do realize the budget problems the state has been facing and sadly education cuts have taken one of the hardest hits. I’m really surprised the state continues to fully fund the 2010 and prior year recipients for four years while going “cold turkey” in 2011 and 2012. Aly’s dad is an Everett firefighter and thus the family cannot qualify for any of the low-income grants that still exist.
I think The Buzz hit the nail right on the head. Aly now has a greater understanding of how the student loan world operates. I’d be interested in knowing how “valuable” the Washington Scholar designation has been to any of the other recipients these last two years.