EVERETT — In a room packed with promise, the Rotary Club of Everett awarded nearly a quarter-million dollars in scholarships Monday to college-bound seniors. There were tears of gratitude and cheers for generous donors. Among parents facing higher education costs, pride was mixed with relief.
“Georgetown is not cheap. This is a huge help,” said Brad Hofman. His son, Cascade High School’s Joseph Hofman, had just been awarded the Brett Akio Jensen Scholarship. “We’re so grateful,” said Lerma Hofman, Joe’s mother.
Don and Jan Jensen, Brett Jensen’s parents, came forward in an emotional moment to present Hofman with $10,000 in their son’s name. Brett, who died in an accidental fall in 2002, was a straight-A scholar and student body president at Cascade.
Before a crowd at Everett School District headquarters, Jan Jensen placed a lei around Joe Hofman’s neck. Headed to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a plan to study international affairs, Hofman was described as a “well-rounded” student who’d been on Cascade’s swim, dive and tennis teams.
To date, the Rotary Club of Everett has awarded $3.7 million to students locally, including $227,300 this year, club president Dr. Amy Norman said Monday. It’s the highest scholarship total in club history.
On Wednesday evening, the Rotary Club of Marysville is scheduled to give $168,500 — 57 scholarships — to students from the Marysville, Lakewood and Granite Falls areas. It’s the largest scholarship sum ever awarded by the Marysville Rotary Education Foundation, according to foundation president Daryn Bundy.
Monday’s event was a celebration of achievement, diversity and wide-ranging goals. The Everett Rotary Youth Foundation Education Committee and interview teams selected students with plans for careers in medicine and law, the arts, environmental science, education, human services and other fields.
The biggest winners were four recipients of the Anthony G. Bozich Memorial Scholarship. All four — Everett High School’s Hailey Faith and Cascade’s Beraca Jehoiada, Abigail Hahn and Camryn Kloes — were awarded $22,500, $5,625 per year for four years.
When she came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in sixth grade, Jehoiada didn’t speak English. About to graduate with a 3.89 grade point average, she’s been Cascade’s ASB vice president and a varsity basketball player. She helped plan the school’s first culture night, and is headed to Gonzaga University with the dream of becoming an aerospace engineer.
Kloes, going to Western Washington University, will study environmental science and aims for a career in alternative energy. Hahn hopes to work for a biotech company. And Faith, with a love of math, is headed to the University of Idaho and will be on the dive team.
While the Bozich scholarships focused on STEM scholars, the arts weren’t overlooked.
Anna Marie Laurence, daughter of the late Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Helen Jackson, presented the $6,000 Helen Jackson Memorial Scholarship to Everett High’s Alex Sunday, an artist with a 3.8 grade point average, an impressive portfolio, and plans to study animation at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Kamiak High School’s Madelyn Olson was awarded the Bernie Webber Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Everett Rotary and given in partnership with the Schack Art Center. She’ll receive $1,500 to study photography.
The evening’s loudest applause, and a standing ovation, went not to students but to Ted Wenta. A former Everett School Board director and a YMCA senior vice president of operations, Wenta has cancer and couldn’t attend Monday’s event. He was instrumental in establishing the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) scholarship program with the Everett Rotary.
Students in the AVID program are often the first in their families with college plans.
Eleven AVID students received $500 for a college-ready shopping spree at Fred Meyer. There were also scholarships for AVID students: 13 received $1,000, two were given $2,500, and another two were awarded $5,000.
Mariama Darboe, an AVID student at Everett High, was given $5,000. She’s part of her school’s Black Student Union, hopes someday to provide children in The Gambia with access to free education, and plans to attend the University of Washington.
Two $2,000 vocational-technical scholarships from Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family went to Quinn Wieber, a Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center student, and Cascade’s Christina Lang, who plans to study nursing at UW Bothell.
Maggie Kermoade, an Everett High wrestler, JROTC member and sometime Sammy Seagull mascot, received the $10,000 ($2,500 over four years) Loren Baker Scholarship for government studies at the University of Washington.
After the ceremony, Don Jensen said he stays in touch with recipients of scholarships given in Brett’s memory. One of them, Cascade graduate Michael Cizek, hosted him at a homecoming game at the University of Florida.
“You each were chosen because we saw something special,” Norman, the Rotary president, told all the students in the crowd.
Rotary Club of Everett scholarship winners
$22,500, Anthony G. Bozich Scholarship: Hailey Lynne Faith, Everett; Camryn Kloes, Abigail Hahn, Beraca Jehoiada, Cascade
$10,000 Loren Baker Scholarship: Maggie Kermoade, Everett
$10,000 Brett Akio Jensen Scholarship: Joseph Lewis Hofman, Cascade
$8,000 Saunders Foundation Scholarship: Ashlee McDaniel, Sequoia; Lilyanna Sullivan, Nicole Moreno, Christopher Rabideau, Cascade
$6,000 Helen Jackson Memorial Scholarship: Alex Sunday, Everett
$5,000 William Dobler Scholarship: Elijah Greisz, Cascade
$4,300 Pat Miller Scholarship: David Van Ngo, Cascade
$4,000 EverTrust Foundation Scholarship: Andres Sanchez, Cascade
$2,800 Hol Mabley/Kay Lyons Scholarship: Fernanda Perez Vasquez, Sequoia
$2,500 Puget Sound Kidney Center Scholarship: Zenaida Zabalza, Everett
$2,500 Everett Clinic Scholarship: Natalie Grimm, Everett Community College
$2,200 Evelyn Hoffman Scholarship: Haley EJ Prather, Everett
$2,000 Buzz Miller Scholarship: Kalia Ashlyn Keithley, Everett
$2,000 Dwayne Lane’s Voc Tech Scholarship: Christina Lang, Cascade; Quinn Wieber, Sno-Isle
$2,000 Hermes Scholarship: Meghan Olivia Browne, Sequoia
$2,000 Rubatino Scholarship: Margaret Cameron-Behee, Everett
$2,000 Gamut 360 Scholarship: Krista Schafte, Cascade.
$2,000 Providence General Foundation Scholarship: Maia Taber, Cascade
$1,600 Adelaide Dykestra Scholarship: Kelsey Meuret, Everett
$1,600 Fred Sjoholm Scholarship: Brielle Guidice, Cascade
$1,500 Bernie Webber Memorial Scholarship: Madelyn Olson, Kamiak
$1,500 Botesh, Nash & Hall Scholarship: Roshni Gurung, Everett
$1,300 Don Loken Scholarship: Melody Eileen Barnhart, Everett
$1,000 Moss Adams Scholarship: Alex Peterson, Everett
$5,000 AVID Scholarships: Mariama Darboe, Kimberly Placido, Everett
$2,500 AVID Scholarships: Vanessa Lee Cook, Samarah Quintana, Sequoia
$1,000 AVID Scholarships: Hailey Rae Moyer, Airam Lopez, Luis Robles, Isrrael Munoz, Yulissa Monares, Jessica Martinez, Cascade; Yadira German, Fernanda Perez Vasquez, Samarah Quintana, Sequoia; Nisha Sapkota, Abinash Dahal, Bianca Morales, Alyssa Harbst, Everett
$500 AVID shopping spree: Vanessa Delgado, Fernanda Perez Vasquez, Samarah Quintana, Sequoia; Airam Lopez, Killian McKenzie, Kayah Symon, Kaylee Eke, Cascade; Zenaida Zebalza, Anysia Howell, Mia Estrella Padron, Nayeli Rodriguez Garcia, Everett
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