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2016 Scholars

In 2016, our community has helped ensure that Pride Foundation will award $420,000 to 108 LGBTQ and allied students across the Northwest.

Pride Foundation’s 2016 Scholars are:

Mick Arieta, from Thurston County, Washington, is a graduate student in the Master of Urban Planning program at the New York University Wagner School of Public Service. Mick received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Political Leadership Scholarships.

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Niko Arturo, originally from Idaho, continues to strive for excellence in academics and research as a third-year Biology and Medical Studies major at Arizona State University. Niko received the Equal Access & Opportunity and NAEOP Trio Scholarships.

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Trina Banks is completing a Master of Divinity program at Seattle University. She devoted many years to providing pastoral care to primarily African-American, LGBTQ community members. Trina received the Reverend Gwen Hall Scholarship.

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Olivia Barrell is currently attending the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, as a first year student to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Real-Time Interactive Simulation. Olivia received the Lenehan-Warn Technical Education Scholarship.

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Reggie Bass was born in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1952. In the late 60’s, Reggie came to terms with his sexuality and admitted to himself and others that he was gay. Reggie received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Alaska Regional Scholarships.

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Nikki Bennington, originally from Shelton, Washington, is a freshman attending Macalester College in Minnesota to pursue an undergraduate pre-medicine degree with a focus on neurobiology or psychology. Nikki received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Under Our Roof, and Varsity Athletics Scholarships.

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Isaiah Bertagnolli hopes to work in fashion publishing to create a platform for radical social change regarding intersectional equality and social perceptions of gender, race, and sexuality. Isaiah received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Paul Arnold Scholarships.

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Ryan Matthew Dela Rosa Beverly plans to attend the University of Washington to pursue an undergraduate degree in Public Health with a Pre-Medicine track in hopes of working internationally, particularly as a trans-friendly physician. Ryan received the Bill McKnight Legacy and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Karama Blackhorn is a Queer Indigenous activist, educator and organizer who earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College focused on Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Karama received the Deloris Carter Hampton and Political Leadership Scholarships.

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Brianna Bragg is pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Portland State University, having already received two undergraduate degrees from PSU. As an avid social justice advocate, Brianna has worked heavily in the peace and nonviolence field and holds a board seat on Oregon’s Fellowship of Reconciliation. Brianna received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Patrick Brennan plans to attend college on the West Coast. A natural leader and socially adept, he uses his amiability to create an environment of openness and acceptance. Patrick received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Emilee Buchanan is a first-year music education master’s student at Western Washington University. She is pursuing her degree in order to advocate for music education and for the rights of students. Emilee received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Dennis Coleman Scholarships.

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Johnny Buck is a Native American father, leader, and ally. He studies at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington, as a second-year student in the Native Environmental Science program. Johnny received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Phoenix Benner Native & First Nations Scholarships.

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Zach Campbell-Ball is a senior in high school from Clarkston, Washington, and hopes to go to Washington State University for a degree in music education. Zach received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting Scholarships.

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Julian Chavez is attending University of Washington and will be graduating in June 2016 with a Political Science and Social Welfare degree. As a social worker, Julian hopes to engage like-minded individuals, to aspire and empower those around them. Julian received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Tanner Christy is a junior currently attending The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education with an emphasis on Biology. Tanner received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Brighton Coggins hopes to pursue a major in Film Production as a college freshman next year. He is a major activist in his town’s queer community, both founding and leading his school’s GSA. Brighton received the Alaska Regional and Patricia Van Kirk Scholarships.

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Krystal Correa plans to attend the University of Washington to pursue a graduate degree in Social Work. She is a first-generation college graduate who strives to help young people (particularly queer and people of color) empower themselves. Krystal received the Don Renschler Mental Health Scholarship.

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Jazz Crisostomo is a first year student attending Tacoma Community College and working passionately and productively to receive her AAS in Human Services. Jazz received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Sierra Curtis will be attending the University of Montana as a first year student and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts accompanied by a minor in sexuality/gender/queer studies. Sierra received the Ric Ulrich & Chuck Pischke Scholarship.

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Maya Daniel plans on attending Chapman University in California to pursue an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Peace Studies. Maya received the Alaska Regional and the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Raina Daniels has dedicated her career to bridging gaps between LGBTQ teens and the resources they need to survive and thrive. After ten years of direct service through nonprofits in the Portland area, she’s pursuing a dual degree in Health Promotion (MPH/MSW). Raina received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Jonathan Davidson plans to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington to pursue an undergraduate degree in English. Jonathan received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Rielle Davis plans to attend Paul Mitchell The School in Portland, Oregon to pursue her dreams of becoming a beautician. Rielle received the Alaska Regional and the Trans-Identified Scholarship.

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Maksym Dedushko came to the U.S. at the age of 16 as an exchange student. His goal is to do fundamental research with applications to cancer, infectious diseases like HIV, and sustainable industrial chemical production. Maksym received the Under Our Roof Scholarship.

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Ryan DePauw currently attends Portland Community Colleges and is pursuing his Associate of Applied Science degree in Marketing. Ryan received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Marlon Do Couto plans to finish his AAS in Business and aims to start an undergraduate degree in International Business at Seattle University. Marlon received the inaugural Walker-Solveson Scholarship.

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Truc-Vi Duong is attending the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and pursuing a Doctoral of Medicine degree. She intends to raise awareness about discrimination based on gender and sexuality, reassuring the equality in medical access and education. Truc-Vi received the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters, Equal Access & Opportunity, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Danny Ashton Earll currently attends Capella University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Danny received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Alaska Regional Scholarships.

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Joshua Elliott currently attends Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington, and is pursuing an Associates degree in Agriculture. Joshue received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Under Our Roof, and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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McKenzie Figuracion is currently an high school senior planning on attending Portland State University to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in queer studies. Her long term goal is to become a mental health professional, working with at-risk youth and adults. McKenzie received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Yasmin Flores-Lopez plans to attend University of Southern California to pursue an undergraduate degree in arts and science. Yasmin received the Kathy Spadoni Memorial Scholarship.

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Hughie Gale is attending Idaho State University and is double majoring in Bachelors of Arts of Music and Sociology and minoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies. He is focused on furthering societal acceptance of people of different backgrounds, especially in his local community, specifically Islamic and LGTBQ students. Hughie received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Rigoberto Garcia is currently pursuing a degree in accounting at Seattle University and wishes to serve as a positive role model for those like himself. He volunteers at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma, Washington where he founded El Batallon Unido, an educational LGBTQ Latino/a group that informs the LGBTQ Latino/a community about resources. Rigoberto received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Alejandro Graterol will attend the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State Univeristy in Tempe, Arizona, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Business. Alejandro is a proponent of inclusion of LGBTQ people in sports and received the Bellevue PFLAG, Equal Access & Opportunity, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Justyn Hall plans to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington to pursue undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Social Work with a minor in Non-Profit Organization Management. Justyn received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Jaden Haun is attending the University of Oregon, and pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Chinese. He has been advocating for inclusion of LGBTQ issues in education and is dedicated to providing safe spaces for queer youth to foster self-esteem and leadership skills. Jaden received the Oregon Regional Scholarship.

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Ryland Higdon will attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, to pursue an undergraduate degree in Music with a minor in Physics. Ryland received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Shelley Higman is a second-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine. Shelley received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarship.

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Rachel Jackson is completing her MD at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in hopes to provide transformative primary healthcare to transgender and LGB people. Rachel received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Robert Browning Scholarships.

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Tascha Johnson is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Health Studies and minoring in Psychology in the Honors College at Portland State University. Twenty years after high school graduation she decided to pursue her undergraduate degree in order to make a difference. Tascha received the Oregon Regional, Robert Browning, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Noory Kim currently attends Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington to pursue their Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology. Noory received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Aysha Kloub is pursuing a Master of Education degree at Pacific Lutheran University with the goal of becoming a bilingual elementary school teacher. Working as an instructional assistant and Arabic interpreter at elementary schools for the past three years has reminded Aysha of the importance of critical, reflective and affirming education access for all students. Aysha received the Dunham-Kerley Scholarship.

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Michelle Knerr is an undergraduate Microbiology major at Montana State University with the goal of earning her DVM. Equal to her enthusiasm of animal healthcare is her commitment to human rights and social justice. With over 1,800 hours of service she leads and participates in grassroots activism. Michelle received the Donald O. Coffman and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Janice Langbehn is a Juris Doctorate candidate at the Seattle University School of Law. Janice received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Luke Laughlin is pursuing a law degree at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Luke received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Sundaura Lithman will attend Portland State University’s Advanced Standing Master’s of Social Work program in the summer of 2016 in hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sundaura received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Ezra Logan is trans, queer, half-Jewish, half-native intersex kid from Alaska. Ezra has been homeless most of their life, but now work in a fantastic organization serving homeless and street dependent youth who are sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Ezra received the Bashert and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Alessandro Lou currently attends Seattle Central College and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Alessandro received the Brian M. Day Scholarship.

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Rafael/a Luna-Pizano is pursuing a Masters of Communications at the University of Washington through the Native Voices documentary film program. He hopes to empower young Queer People of Color to not only survive, but thrive. Rafael/a received the Brian M. Day and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Jose Madrid currently attends Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon to pursue a degree in Nursing. Jose received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Frank W. Ross, and Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Lindsey Matson plans to attend the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor to pursue a Masters in Social Work degree. Lindsey received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Kelli Mattson is attending Montana State University Billings and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business Management. Kelli received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Under Our Roof, and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Jeannie Mayotte-Davies currently attends Washington Engineering Institute in Bellingham, Washington to pursue a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Civil Engineering Technology. Jeannie received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Whidbey Giving Circle Scholarships.

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Jess McCafferty will attend the University of California – Irvine to pursue a certificate in accounting. Jess received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Hunter McElrath will attend the Academy of Couture Art in Hollywood, California to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. Hunter received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Paul Arnold Scholarships.

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Jazz McGinnis plans to earn his Masters in Social Work degree at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Jazz received the Oregon Regional and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Isabel McGuigan is attending Tufts University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. They experienced harassment and hope to encourage younger generations to stand up for equality. Isabel received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Zander McRae will attend Boise State University to pursue a degree in social work. Zander received the Rosenberg-Ibarra Scholarship.

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Amanda Mollet currently attends the University of Iowa to earn a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Amanda received the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarship.

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Cameron Murvihill currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Cameron received the Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting and Rainbow City Band Scholarships.

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Nam H. Nguyen currently attends Washington State University as a pre-med undergraduate student. Nam received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Friends of Alan Turing Scholarships.

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Demitra Olague is attending the University of Southern Oregon and pursing an undergraduate degree in theatre/creative writing with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Demitra received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Marty Elizabeth Ortiz is attending Capella University pursuing a PhD in Addiction Psychology. She is a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC). Marty received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Scout Osborne will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Everett, Washington to pursue an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering. Scout received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Rafael Padilla attends University of Washington and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Nursing. Rafael received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Landyn Pan attends Chapman University in California and is pursuing a degree in Public Relations & Advertising. Landyn received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Brian Patrick currently attends Portland Community College, completing prerequisite coursework for the accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program at Oregon Health Sciences University. Brian received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Alex Perez is obtaining his Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and will be graduating in June of 2017 with a clinical focus. Alex received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Oregon Regional, and Social Work Scholarships.

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Chris Perry currently attends University of Washington to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in bioethics. Chris received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Under Our Roof, and Wozumi Family Scholarships.

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Amber Potratz currently attends University of Oregon and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a minor in Disability Studies. Amber received the Trans Identified Scholarship.

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Xya Rachel hopes to attend Parsons School of Design in NYC to develop their design ability. They define success as the ability to inspire through art and creating social change. Xya received the Bellevue PFLAG, Equal Access & Opportunity, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Sherman Red Tomahawk is attending Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana after receiving his A.A degree in Elementary Education at Blackfeet Community College. Sherman received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Phoenix Benner Native & First Nations Scholarships.

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Princess Reese will attend University of California – Los Angeles to earn a Master’s degree in Teaching with a Social Studies endorsement. Princess received the Equal Access & Opportunity, Lee S. Burke, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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William Schroeder attends the University of Montana’s Ph.D. program in Cultural Anthropology, applying Queer Theory to ethnographic projects. William received the Tony DeBlase Scholarship.

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Shaun Segraves is attending Cascadia College and pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business and hopes to develop marketing campaigns concerning HIV awareness and prevention. Shaun received the AIDS Project Snohomish County Scholarship.

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Dane Snow attends Boise State University and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting with a minor in Political Science. Dane received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Kim Spurzem will be attending the University of Montana to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Montana Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the Montana Safe Schools Coalition. Kim received the Montana Regional Scholarship.

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Asteria Summers attends Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and is pursuing her undergraduate degree in International Relations. Asteria received the Beyond the Bridge and the Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Steven Tang currently attends University of Oregon to earn an undergraduate degree in Product Design. Steven received the Jack D. Motteler Scholarship.

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Angela Tang is a student at Whitman College studying Economics. An advocate for equality for communities of color and LGBTQ communities, she hopes to instigate change through implementing social justice programming. Angela received the Barbara Bailey and Equal Access & Opportunity Scholarships.

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Bradlee Thielen is attending Western Washington University and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Design and French. Currently he works with a non-profit that promotes empathy and acceptance of peers in high schools across Cowlitz County. Bradlee received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Paul Arnold Scholarships.

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Dalton Tiegs currently attends Boise State University pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies/Sociology. Dalton received the Idaho Regional Scholarship.

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Kristin Tucker will attend University of Washington to receive a graduate degree in clinical social work. Kristin received the Emmerson Hoopes, Equal Access & Opportunity, and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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Karina Velazco will attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon to pursue an undergraduate degree in Nursing. Karina received the Robert Browning and the Vasquez Pride in Health Scholarships.

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Brahiam Villanueva is a first generation Mexican immigrant attending Gonzaga University. He plans to be of help to the community that raised him with a career in immigration law. Brahiam received the Walker-Solveson Scholarship.

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Imani Washington graduated from The Evergreen State College this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in arts. She is an advocate for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community, with a passion in literature. Imani received the Cole Family Scholarship.

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Caden Williams is attending the University of Oregon and pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer and Information Science. Caden’s long-term goal is to become an application programmer while focusing their activism and service work in community, connection, networking, and mentorship. Caden received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Aster Wolfe is attending the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Aster is specifically focused in helping to eliminate disparities experienced by trans*-identified and other marginalized members of our communities. Aster received the Len Tritsch Memorial and Oregon Regional Scholarships.

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Laura Yanez Alvarez attend University of Washington, Tacoma, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Social Welfare. Laura received the Walker-Solveson and Washington Regional Scholarships.

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After pursuing an undergraduate degree in English Education and Women’s Studies at Washington State University, Ruben Zecena will enroll in a graduate program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in hopes of becoming a professor. Ruben received the Washington Regional Scholarship.

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Will Zogg currently attends Antioch University in Seattle, Washington and is pursuing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Will received the Equal Access & Opportunity and Under Our Roof Scholarships.

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